Tomas Tranströmer, Henry James, Daniël Samkalden, Jérôme Lambert, Patrick Bernauw, Benjamin Zephaniah, Wilhelm Busch, Ina Boudier-Bakker

De Zweedse dichter en schrijver Tomas Tranströmer werd geboren in Stockholm op 15 april 1931. Zie ook alle tags voor Tomas Tranströmer op dit blog.

Alcaic

This forest in May. It haunts my whole life:
the invisible moving van. Singing birds.
              In silent pools, mosquito larvae’s
furiously dancing question marks.

I escape to the same places and same words.
Cold breeze from the sea, the ice-dragon’s licking
              the back of my neck while the sun glares.
The moving van is burning with cool flames.

 

From the Island, 1860

I
One day as she rinsed her wash from the jetty,
the bay’s cold grave rose up through her arms
and into her life.

Her tears froze into spectacles.
The island raised itself by its grass
and the herring-flag waved in the deep.

II
And the swarm of small pox caught up with him,
settled down onto his face.
He lies and stares at the ceiling.

How it had rowed up through the silence.
The now’s eternally flowing stain,
the now’s eternally bleeding end-point.

 

Vertaald door Patty Crane

 
Tomas Tranströmer (15 april 1931 – 26 maart 2015)

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