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Tomas Tranströmer is the first poet to win the Nobel Prize for Literature since Wisława Szymborska deservedly bagged it in 1996. That’s 15 long years of drought for us poets, who are so used to seeing poetry marginalised and relegated to the backwaters of obscure academia that we seldom hold our breaths in expectation any more.

The Wall Street Journal published a beautiful homage to Tranströmer’s poetry, and the victory of poetry over politics, in a piece by Michael Moynihan. It reminds me, all over again, why I write poetry and why I feel vindicated for doing so.

 

 

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