—Teju Cole, The New Yorker
The books of his poetry on my shelves never remain unopened for long. I turn to him when I wish to come as close as possible to what cannot be said.
—John Freeman, NPR
Like so many great poets before him, Tranströmer is forever reminding us that the world is not what it appears to be; that with mindfulness and close attention, you might get a glimpse of something vast and strange.
—Michael Moynihan, The Wall Street Journal
The Nobel Prize to Mr. Tranströmer is a momentary defeat for ideology and a great victory for poetry.
—The Nobel Prize Committee
Through his condensed, translucent images, Tranströmer gives us fresh access to reality.
Tomas Tranströmer’s poetry permits us to be happily certain of our own uncertainties… Like the animals in Rilke’s first sonnet to Orpheus, they are alive to the god’s music.