The collected poems of one of the world's greatest living writers, Tomas Transtromer, available in this comprehensive edition.In day's first hours consciousness can grasp the world
as the hand grips a sun-warmed stone.
Translated into fifty languages, the poetry of Tomas Transtromer has had a profound influence around the world, an influence that has steadily grown and has now attained a prominence comparable to that of Pablo Neruda's during his lifetime. But if Neruda is blazing fire, Transtromer is expanding ice. The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems
gathers all the poems Tomas Transtromer has published, from his distinctive first collection in 1954, 17 Poems
, through his epic poem Baltics
("my most consistent attempt to write music"), and The Sad Gondola
, published six years after he suffered a debilitating stroke in 1990 ("I am carried in my shadow / like a violin / in its black case."), to his most recent slim book, The Great Enigma
, published in Sweden in 2004. Also included is his prose-memoir Memories Look at Me
, containing keys into his intensely spiritual, metaphysical poetry (like the brief passage of insect collecting on Runmaro Island when he was a teenager). Firmly rooted in the natural world, his work falls between dream and dream; it probes "the great unsolved love" with the opening up, through subtle modulations, of "concrete words."