The Half-Finished Heaven

The Half-Finished Heaven
Selected Poems
Tomas Tranströmer, selected and translated from the Swedish by Robert Bly

The Half-Finished Heaven provides a wonderful respite for world-weary readers as well as a lovely introduction to the work of Nobel Prize winning poet Tomas Tranströmer. . . . Translator Robert Bly . . . masterfully renders Tranströmer’s work. . . . Tranströmer’s perspective is refreshing, the verbal equivalent of a brisk wind or a cold stream on a hot day.”Washington Post

“In this new updated version of his selected poems we find more than a dozen new translations from Tranströmer’s strange and blue-ish work. To read these versions in 2017 is like seeing the after-image of a great work. They are eerie and beautiful and a little bit sad, like so much of Tranströmer’s poetry. Heaven it seems will always be half-finished.”—John Freeman, Literary Hub

About the Book

An expanded edition by Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer, translated by award-winning poet Robert Bly

Every person is a half-open door
leading to a room for everyone.
The endless field under us.
Water glitters between the trees.
The lake is a window into the earth.
—from “The Half-Finished Heaven”
Tomas Tranströmer’s celebrated career earned him a place among the twentieth century’s essential global voices. Translated into more than fifty languages, his poetry draws readers to its power and resonance, its shaping of landscapes both outer and interior, stark and yet alive to the luminous. In 2011, Tranströmer was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality.”
National Book Award-winning poet and renowned translator Robert Bly first introduced American readers to Tranströmer’s poetry in his seminal English translations, all of which are collected here for the first time in this expanded edition. With an updated introduction and fourteen additional poems, The Half-Finished Heaven presents the best of Tranströmer’s poetry in one indispensable volume.