Tomas Tranströmer

(15 April 1931 / Stockholm)

Tomas Tranströmer Poems

1. Balakirev's Dream 5/21/2016
2. From the Island, 1860 5/21/2016
3. From the Snowmelt of '66 5/21/2016
4. Allegro 5/21/2016
5. Track 5/21/2016
6. Under Pressure 5/21/2016
7. National Insecurity 9/23/2016
8. The Stones 5/21/2016
9. Alcaic 5/21/2016
10. The Half-Finished Heaven 5/21/2016
11. The Blue House 10/8/2015
12. Outskirts 10/7/2011
13. November In The Former Ddr 10/7/2011
14. National Insecurity 10/7/2011
15. The Couple 12/23/2011
16. The Indoors Is Endless 10/7/2011
17. After A Death 10/7/2011
Best Poem of Tomas Tranströmer

After A Death

Once there was a shock
that left behind a long, shimmering comet tail.
It keeps us inside. It makes the TV pictures snowy.
It settles in cold drops on the telephone wires.

One can still go slowly on skis in the winter sun
through brush where a few leaves hang on.
They resemble pages torn from old telephone directories.
Names swallowed by the cold.

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.


translated by Robert Bly

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After A Death

Once there was a shock
that left behind a long, shimmering comet tail.
It keeps us inside. It makes the TV pictures snowy.
It settles in cold drops on the telephone wires.

One can still go slowly on skis in the winter sun
through brush where a few leaves hang on.
They resemble pages torn from old telephone directories.
Names swallowed by the cold.

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