Booksellers who are selecting titles for Poetry Month tables might want to remember Nobel Prize winner Tomas Transtromer, who passed away this month. Like Wallace Stevens, Transtromer kept a “day job” (as a psychologist in Swedish state institutions) even as he became one of the most influential poets of his generation.
Poetry fans can find a beautiful homage that contextualizes his work in the NYT obit.
“So much has happened. Reality has eaten away so much of us. But summer, at last,”
— from Transtromer’s “Summer Grass.”
Selected Poems (9780880014038) by Tomas Transtromer. $15.99 trade paper. Available.