Bright Scythe: Selected Poems by Tomas Transtromer

Bright Scythe: Selected Poems by Tomas Transtromer

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Overview

Tomas Tranströmer (1931–2015), winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, is Sweden’s most acclaimed poet. Known for sharp imagery, startling metaphors and deceptively simple diction, his luminous poems offer mysterious glimpses into the deepest facets of humanity, often through the lens of the natural world. These new translations by Patty Crane, presented side by side with the original Swedish, are tautly rendered and elegantly cadenced. They are also deeply informed by Crane’s personal relationship with the poet and his wife during the years she lived in Sweden, where she was afforded greater insight into the nuances of his poetics and the man himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941411216
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication date: 11/17/2015
Edition description: Bilingual
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,190,355
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Tomas Gösta Tranströmer: Tranströmer is a Swedish writer, poet and translator, whose poetry has been translated into over 60 languages. He's acclaimed as one of the most important European writers since World War II and was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature. He died March 26, 2015 at the age of 83.
Patty Crane: Patty Crane’s translations of Tomas Tranströmer’s poetry have appeared in American Poetry Review, Blackbird, New Ohio Review, Poetry Daily, Poetry East, and Smartish Pace. She spent three years living in the Stockholm area of Sweden, where she worked closely with Tranströmer and his wife, Monica.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
FOREWORD BY DAVID WOJAHN

I. ETT URVAL DIKTER/SELECTED POEMS: 1954–1973
Stenarna 2
The Stones 3
Hemligheter på vägen 4
Secrets on the Way 5
Spår 6
Tracks 7
Kyrie 8
Kyrie 9
Balakirevs dröm 10
Balakirev’s Dream 12
Trädet och skyn 14
The Tree and the Sky 15
Ansikte mot ansikte 16
Face to Face 17
Lamento 18
Lament 19
Allegro 20
Allegro 21
Den halvfärdiga himlen 22
The Half-Finished Heaven 23
En vinternatt 24
A Winter Night 25
Vinterns formler 26
Winter’s Formulas 28
Under tryck 30
Under Pressure 31
Från snösmältningen –66 32
From the Snowmelt of ‘66 33
Skiss i ocktober 34
Sketch in October 35
Längre in 36
Further In 37
Sena maj 38
Late May 39

II. ÖSTERSJÖAR/BALTICS (1974) 41

III. ETT URVAL DIKTER/SELECTED POEMS: 1978–1983
Övergångsstället 68
The Crossing Place 69
Galleriet 70
The Gallery 75
Kort paus I orgelkonserten 80
Brief Pause in the Organ Recital 82
Från mars–79 84
From March of ‘79 85
Minnena ser mig 86
Memories Watch Me 87
Vinterns blick 88
Winter’s Glance 89
Stationen 90
The Station 91
Eldklotter 92
Fire Scribble 93

IV. FÖR LEVANDE OCH DÖDA/FOR THE LIVING AND THE DEAD (1989)
Den bortglömde kaptenen 95
The Forgotten Captain 97
Sex vintrar 99
Six Winters 101
Näktergalen i Badelunda 103
The Nightengale in Badelunda 104
Alkaiskt 105
Alcaic 106
Berceuse 107
Lullaby 108
Gator i Shanghai 109
Streets in Shanghai 111
Djupt i Europa 113
Deep in Europe 114
Flygblad 115
Leaflet 116
Inomhuset är oändligt 117
The Indoors is Infinite 120
Vermeer 123
Vermeer 125
Romanska bågar 127
Romanesque Arches 128
Epigram 129
Epigram 130
Kvinnoporträtt—1800-tal 131
Portrait of a Woman, 19th Century 132
Medeltida motiv 133
Medieval Motif 134
Air Mail 135
Air Mail 136
Madrigal 137
Madrigal 138
Guldstekel 139
Golden Vespid 141

V. SORGEGONDOLEN/THE SORROW GONDOLA (1996)
April och tystnad 144
April and Silence 145
Osäkerhetens rike 146
Insecurity’s Kingdom 147
Nattboksblad 148
Nightbook Page 149
Sorgegondol nr 2 150
Sorrow Gondola No. 2 153
Landskap med solar 156
Landscape with Suns 157
November i forna DDR 158
November in the Former GDR 160
Från juli 90 162
From July ’90 163
Göken 164
The Cuckoo 165
Tre strofer 166
Three Stanzas 167
Som att vara barn 168
Like Being a Child 169
Två städer 170
Two Cities 171
Ljuset stömmar in 172
The Light Streams In 173
Nattlig resa 174
Night Travel 175
Haikudikter 176
Haiku Poems 178
Från ön 1860 180
From the Island, 1860 181
Tystnad 182
Silence 183
Midvinter 184
Midwinter 185
En skiss från 1844 186
A Sketch from 1844 187

2004
Fasader 189
Facades 190

Afterword by Patty Crane

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