As part of my ongoing Get Better Acquainted With Poetry project, I’ve been reading — and liking very much — the work of Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer, who appears to be a perennial entry on many short lists for the Nobel Prize for literature. His collection The Great Enigma has a place atop the bedside bookpile, where it encourages me to reverse the habit of a lifetime and read more slowly, rather than more quickly.
If Transtromer’s work is as new to you as it was for me, I recommend this new article in the Boston Review as a way into the man’s work. Interesting timing, to have a thoughtful short essay appear right about the same time I’ve become interested in Transtromer. Katie Peterson has a lot more to say about the man’s poetry than I do — for the time being, at any rate.