A New Nobel Laureate

Congratulations to Tomas Transtromer, a Swedish poet who was today awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Academy said it recognized Transtromer “because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.” Here is Transtromer’s poem “Midwinter,” which is fairly typical of his bleak but elegant work:
“A blue light
radiates from my clothing.
Midwinter.
Clattering tambourines of ice.
I close my eyes.
There is a silent world
there is a crack
where the dead
are smuggled across the border.”

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