The Nobel Prize in Literature 2011
Open and Closed Spaces
A man feels the world with his work like a glove.
He rests for a while at midday having laid aside the gloves on the shelf.
There they suddenly grow, spread
and black-out the whole house from inside.
The blacked-out house is away out among the winds of spring.
'Amnesty,' runs the whisper in the grass: 'amnesty.'
A boy sprints with an invisible line slanting up in the sky
where his wild dream of the future flies like a kite bigger than the
Further north you can see from a summit the blue endless carpet of
where the cloud shadows
are standing still.
No, are flying.
From Tomas Tranströmer, New Collected Poems, translated by Robin Fulton (Bloodaxe Books, 1997/2011)
Poem selected by Lars Rydquist, head librarian, Nobel Library of the Swedish Academy
MLA style: "Tomas Tranströmer - Poetry - Open and Closed Spaces". Nobelprize.org. 20 May 2013 http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2011/transtromer-poetry_spaces.html