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The Sorrow Gondola by Tomas Tranströmer
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The Sorrow Gondola (1996)

by Tomas Tranströmer

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This is the first collection of poems by Tranströmer that has been published since the devastating stroke he suffered in 1990. The poems are published side by side in Swedish and English, and consist of 18 mostly light pieces, such as "Two Cities":

Two Cities

One each side of the strait, two cities
one blacked out, occupied by the enemy.
In the other the lamps are burning.
The bright shore hypnotizes the dark one.

I swim out in a trance
on the glittering dark waters.
A low tuba-blast pushes into me.
It's a friend's voice, Take your grave and go.

These poems were beautifully written, but were too light to leave a significant impression on me. ( )
  kidzdoc | Oct 9, 2010 |
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