Through the Wood

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from 'The Half-finished Heaven' (1962), by Tomas Tranströmer, translated Robin Fulton.

A place called Jacob’s marsh
is the summer day’s cellar
where the light sours to a drink
tasting of old age and slums.

The feeble giants stand entangled
closely – so nothing can fall.
The cracked birch moulders there
in an upright position like a dogma.

From the bottom of the wood I rise.
It grows light between the trunks.
It is raining over my roofs.
I am a water-spout form impressions.

At the edge of the wood the air is warm.
Great spruce, turned away and dark
whose muzzle hidden in the earth’s mould
drinks the shadow of a shower.


from Murmurations, released February 3, 2012



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S.A. Barstow Gent, Belgium

‘Murmurations’ is the first album of the solo project S.A. Barstow by singer-songwriter Teun De Voeght. Ten poems of the Swedish poet and Nobel Prize winner Tomas Tranströmer were put to music and brought together in this acoustic anthology.
‘Murmurations’ is dedicated to his sister’s firstborn, Maud.
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