Tomas Transtromer is one of my favorite poets. His poem Kyrie (translated by Robert Hass) inspired two of my own poems. For me, he epitomizes the gray hope of the Swedish mindset, the melancholic optimism of glasses half empty desiring to be filled. Well-deserved congratulations to you, Mr. Transtromer!
To be inspired by this poet’s work, you may want to read the following books.