Wednesday, November 16, 2011
in my hands...
a couple of days before we moved i received a flurry of frantic emails regarding a drawing of mine from last year titled 'the call and its response'. the person contacting me was desperately trying to get hold of me as they wanted to use the piece on the front cover of the reissue of the swedish poet tomas transtromer's selected poems which was imminently about to go to the printers as he had won the nobel prize for literature only the day before.
i was unfamiliar with transtromer's work but was immediately drawn to descriptions of his poems as being haunting and 'frequently exploring the boundary between human consciousness and the unknown'.
yes! this is right up my street i thought to myself.
thanks to allison saltzman at harper collins for the poignant pairing of my drawing with this body of work, i just love curling up and picking out poems to read to myself.
if you'd like to read some of transtromer's work there are quite a number of translations available here and there online. i really like these two, after a death and outskirts.