Tomas Tranströmer wins Nobel Prize in Literature

By The Editors on 10.06.11

Congratulations is due to the great Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature today. The Swedish Academy has chosen Tranströmer “because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.”

From “After a Death,” translated by Robert Bly:

It is still beautiful to hear the heart beat
but often the shadow seems more real than the body.
The samurai looks insignificant
beside his armor of black dragon scales.

The full text of the poem appears here.