Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Review of "For Tranströmer" by Norman Dubie

"For Tranströmer" by Norman Dubie was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on January 15, 2014.  A link to the poem, including the poet's notes, may be found here:

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23833

Norman Dubie (b. 1945) is a Regents' Professor at Arizona State University.  He is the author of numerous books of poetry.  Additional biographical information may be found here:

http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/172?utm_source=PAD%3A+For+Tranströmer+by+Norman+Dubie&utm_campaign=poemaday_011514&utm_medium=email

Tomas Tranströmer (b. 1931) is considered to be one of Sweden's most important poets.  He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2011.  Additional biographical information may be found here:

http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/1112

The poem depicts a tragic beaching of whales and a woman who counts them.  The woman is praised for taking the time to document the number of beached whales while also being a busy and productive member of society and the military.

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