The half-finished heaven: the best poems of Tomas Tranströmer

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Graywolf Press, Oct 1, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 97 pages
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From the Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature The contemporary Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer is a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature and has a prestigious worldwide reputation. Robert Bly, a longtime friend and confidant of Transtromer's, as well as one of his first translators, has carefully chosen and translated the finest of Transtromer's poems to create this cherished and invaluable collection. Contents Introduction: "Upward into the Depths" by Robert Bly 1 From 17 Poems(1954) Secrets on the Road(1958) The Half-Finished Heaven(1962) EveningMorning Storm The Man Awakened by a Song above His Roof Track Kyrie After the Attack Balakirev's Dream (1905) The Couple Allegro Lamento The Tree and the Sky A Winter Night Dark Shape Swimming The Half-Finished Heaven Nocturne 2 From Resonance and Footprints(1966) Night Vision(1970) Open and Closed Space From an African Diary Morning Bird Songs Summer Grass About History After a Death Under Pressure Slow Music Out in the Open Solitude Breathing Space July The Open Window s26Preludes The Bookcase Outskirts Going with the Current Traffic Night Duty A Few Moments The Name Standing Up 3 From Pathways(1973) Truth Barriers(1978) Elegy The Scattered Congregation Snow-Melting Time, '66 Further In Late May December Evening, '72 Seeing through the Ground Guard Duty Along the Lines (Far North) At Funchal (Island of Madeira) Calling Home Citoyens For Mats and Laila After a Long Dry Spell A Place in the Woods Street Crossing Below Freezing Start of a Late Autumn Novel From the Winter of 1947 The Clearing Schubertiana 4 From The Wild Market Square(1983) For the Living and the Dead(1989) Grief Gondola(1996) From March '79 Fire Script Black Postcards Romanesque Arches The Forgotten Commander Vermeer The Cuckoo The Kingdom of Uncertainty Three Stanzas Two Cities Island Life, 1860 April and Silence Grief Gondola #2

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Review: The Half-Finished Heaven

User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

Tomas Transtromer: Shadower and Silencer. Speaker of the Sublime and the Subterranean. Speech Therapist. Read full review

Review: The Half-Finished Heaven

User Review  - Jsavett1 - Goodreads

So there's always something of a philosophical quandary about reading poetry in translation. I tend, as a general rule, not to do it, though on some occasions have found reason to make an exception ... Read full review

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Tomas Tranströmer was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1931, and spent his career as a psychologist. The author of a dozen books of poetry, Tranströmer is the most renowned Scandinavian poet since World War II. His poetry has been translated into more than fifty languages. In 2011, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature "because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality." He has received numerous other honors, including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the Bonnier Award for Poetry, Germany's Petrach Prize, the Bellman Prize, the Swedish Academy's Nordic Prize, the August Prize, and a Special Lifetime Recognition Award from the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry. He lives in Stockholm.

Robert Bly was born in 1926 in Minnesota. He is a poet, essayist, cultural critic, and translator. He is the author of more than thirty works of poetry, including Eating the Honey of Words: New and Selected Poems and The Light around the Body, which received the National Book Award. As the editor of the influential publications The Fifties and The Sixties, Bly introduced many American readers to important international poets, including Pablo Neruda, Tomas Tranströmer, Cesar Vallejo, and others. Bly lives in Minneapolis.

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