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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (February 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880014032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880014038
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Transtromer's haunting poems, which frequently explore the boundary between human consciousness and the unknown ("I walk home through the humid woods" and "know suddenly that the plants have thoughts"), have long been admired by Robert Bly, among others. This selection of over 100 poems (rendered by 12 translators) bears ample testimony to the Swedish poet's gift for conveying the truths of time and selfhood that lie adjacent to the mundane routines of our technological welfare society. On a pilgrimage through a world that is half contemporary Sweden, half dream landscape, he shows us "the blue wind flowers" that "open a secret passage to the real celebration, which is quiet as death." Frank Allen, Assoc. Dean, Continuing Education, Allentown Coll., Center Valley, Pa.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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About History
After A Death
After The Attack
Agitated Meditation
Allegro
Alone
Along The Lines
Answers To Letters
An Artist In The North
At Funchal
Autumn In The Skerries
Balakirev's Dream
Baltics
Below Freezing
The Black Mountains
Black Postcards
The Blue Wind-flowers
The Bookcase
Breathing Space July
Brief Pause In The Organ Recital
By The River
C Major
Caprichos
Carillon
Citoyens
The Clearing
Codex
The Couple
Crests
December Evening 1972
Downpour Over The Interior
Dream Seminar
Elegy
Elegy
Epilogue
Espresso
Face To Face
A Few Minutes
Firescribbling
Five Stanzas To Thoreau
For Mats And Laila
The Forgotten Captain
The Four Temperaments
From An African Diary (1963)
From March '79
From The Mountain
From The Thaw Of 1966
From The Winter, 1947
Further In
The Gallery
Gogol
Guard Duty
The Half-finished Heaven
Homewards
Hommages
How The Late Autumn Night Novel Begins
How-things-hang-together
The Icelandic Hurricane
In The Nile Delta
Izmir At Three O'clock
Journey
The Journey's Formulae
Kyrie
Lamento
Late May
A Man From Benin
The Man Who Awoke With Singing Over The Roofs
Memories Watch Me
Midnight Turning Point
Molokai
Morning And Entrance
Morning Birds
The Name
Night Duty
The Nightingale In Badelunda
Ninteen Hundred And Eighty
Nocturne
November Luster Of Precious Furs
Oklahoma
On The Outskirts Of Work
Open And Closed Spaces
The Open Window
Out In The Open
Outskirts
The Palace
A Part Of The Forest
Postludium
Prelude
Preludes
Sailor's Yarn
The Scattered Congregation
Schubertiana
Secrets On The Way
Seeing Through The Ground
Siesta
Sketch In October
Slow Music
Solitary Swedish Houses
Standing Up
The Station
Stones
Street Crossing
Streets In Shanghai
Strophe And Antistrophe
Summer Meadow
A Swimming Dark Fiture
There Is Peace In The Surging Bow
Through The Forest
To Friends Behind A Frontier
Track
Traffic
Under Pressure
Vermeer
Weather Picture
A Winter Night
Winter's Formulae
The Winter's Glance
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder® --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Tomas Tranströmer, 2011 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, was born in Stockholm in 1931. He has written thirteen books of poems and is the recipient of such honors as the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the Bonnier Award for Poetry, Germany's Petrarch Prize, the Bellman Prize, and the Swedish Academy's Nordic Prize. His poetry has been translated into over sixty languages. He lives in Stockholm with his wife Monica.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1996
Format: Paperback
I'm gradually overcome with the realization that Tomas Transtromer's body and the world's body are one pulsing, glimmering conversation. He says, "I'm not empty, I'm open." It's through his vulnerable, participatory wandering that Transtromer finds lucidity. Transtromer is always looking for the hub, the center, the reference point in life. He tells us that we live as people of multiplicity, anonymous and uncertain. As Protean men and women, we find no solid identities. "Proteus...can't write his own name. He draws back from that terrified, as the wolf from the silver bullet." The Protean human, attempting to establish meaning without being tied down, experiences at once an invasive reality and a distressing invisibility. Transtromer expresses this bittersweetly: "I who love to stray off and vanish in the crowd, a capital T in the mass of endless text." In these essentially lonely poems, Transtromer tells the story of a crowd of people sitting in a stalled train, staring out the windows pointlessly,until a train-man strikes just the right wheel with his hammer. Immediately, "the ringing swells incomprehensibly: a thunderclap,/ a cathedral-bells-sound, a world-circumnavigating sound,/ that lifts the whole train...Everyone is singing!" All it takes is stopping long enough to listen with reverence in order to "Proceed!" like the liberated train. Transtromer is not always suffering from invisibility or assaulted by the "murmuring masses." One day, walking, he finds that "The street's massive life whirls around me;/ it remembers and desires nothing...It seems to me that the street can see me...for a second I am lit. It sees me.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
These poems which are so highly admired and for which Tomas Transtromer was given the Nobel Prize are poems of the single consciousness , the man alone. They lack any real sense of the personal 'other' of humanity consisting of real individuals. They are poems of solitude, of sensitivity in perception and originality in reflection. The list of their translators here Robert Bly, Robin Fulton, May Swenson, Samuel Charters, John F. Deane, Joanna Bankier, Eric Sellin is a list of those dedicated to and devoting much time and effort to a poet they clearly believe to be a great one. Still I in my reading was not able to hear the kind of music I hear in most musical poets, Shakespeare, Keats, Blake, Wallace Stevens, Hopkins, Dylan Thomas.
Instead there is much rich simile and startling imagery, complications of perception feeling and thought. But this kind of originality so pervades the work that I had difficulty reading any plain sense paraphrase in it. In fact I found myself reading and rereading without knowing what is going on.
I suppose though it is above all for the startling imagery that Transtomer is valued.
Here is an relatively simple example of a Transtomer poem which I believe well illustrates his startling origina imagery, his leaping transitions, the puzzling and at times mystifying feeling his poetry gives.

WEATHER PICTURE

The October sea glistens coldly
with its dorsal fin of mirages.

Nothing is left that remembers
the white dizziness of yacht races.

Theambler glow over the village
and all sounds in slow flight.

A dog's barking is a hieroglyp
painted in the air above the garden

where the yellow fruit outwits
the tree and drops of its own accord.
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This poet's work consistently expands both inward and outward realms of experience and makes them consciously and irresistibly tangible. He is not afraid of laying his nerve endings on the line.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marcemars on June 8, 2013
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Tranströmer has a very particular style: his details are very day to day, but he transforms everything in extraordinaire. Recommended for sure.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce L. Dodson on August 20, 2012
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Swedish poet, recommended to my by my wife who is Swedish.
A wonderful poet. Some very powerful words.
A great read!
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