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Paul Larkin

Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to come and go through keyholes, to ride upon the wind, to overcome in their soarings up and down, all obstacles of distance, time and place.
Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge, Chapter The Ninth

Take time out to salute Tomas Tranströmer - Poet and Hero

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Tomas Tranströmer in wheelchair

The Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer has finally been given the international recognition he deserves with this week’s awarding of the 2011 Nobel prize for literature. There is an excellent article in yesterday's Guardian for those who wish to find out more about him -
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/oct/06/nobel-prize-literature-tomas-transtromer

A very dear friend of mine from Sweden and her husband were kind enough to send me Tranströmer’s Samlede Dikter - his collected works. It is one of my most treasured possessions. I have taken one of my favourite poems from this book, Romanska bågar – "Roman arches" and translated it as a celebration of this week’s award.

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