National Poetry Month Highlights: Tomas Tranströmer

Tomas Tranströmer has been writing for a long time. It shows. Join us in celebrating his poetry and life this National Poetry Month.

“We do not surrender. But want peace,” says his poem “Allegro.” Maybe this is what every good poem (and poet) says to the world.

Photo by Familymwr, Creative Commons, via Flickr.


  1. says

    C, so far my favorite happens to be the very first poem of his that I read. Those words… “we do not surrender. But want peace” are the kind of words a person might only pen once. (And I am taking them with me over and over.)

      • says

        I’m just getting started with Transtromer, as Maureen Doallas gave him to me for my Poetry Dare for National Poetry Month.

        Last night I sat and read his work aloud in Swedish (ha, don’t ask… because, truly, I haven’t a clue what Swedish should sound like) and then I read it in English. I liked the Swedish better and wished I knew what I was reading.

        The books I’m working from for NPM are ‘The Half-Finished Heaven’ and ‘Friends, You Drank Some Darkness’ (the latter is 3 Swedish poets).


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