Den kan vara allas


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Photo: Emma Louise Wine, her twin sons on the shore at Assinie, Côte d’Ivoire, 1963

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  • Remembering Tomas…why poetry matters - April 30, 2015

    “I am having a problem with the hate. It’s hard to breathe.” Tomas Tranströmer was telling us how he had responded to an innocent question about how he felt being in Boulder, Colorado. Tomas and Monica were visiting us on the farm in Virginia in 1983 – or ’84, or was it 1986? — another of his many[…]

  • Tranströmer, Allemansrätten: Respect For Others - March 10, 2015

    Man måste tänka på dem som är ute på båtarna. You have to think of them out there in the boats. For me this is the most important line in Östersjöar. It always has been. After reading “Memory as Ecology in the Poetry of Tomas Tranströmer,” (2013) the Master’s thesis by Richelle Jolene Wilson, a young scholar at[…]

  • Tranströmer, Allemansrätten: Being a Better Person – Part II - March 7, 2015

    Tomorrow is Sunday and in Sweden that means it’s time for a walk in the woods. This Sunday is a sort of  super one with Vasaloppet, when more than 15,000 hearty souls will be cross-country skiing the 90 kilometers between the towns of Sälen in the mountains and Mora down below. Longest such race in the world, with wall[…]

  • Tranströmer, Allemansrätten: Being a Better Person – Part I - March 5, 2015

    The best thing about a global online release of a film is that it yields a bonus of responses into our mailbox daily. Just reading the diversity of names – some in scripts I can’t even read – who connect to his works is a tribute to Tomas Tranströmer as a poet whose poetry continues to roam freely across a lot[…]

  • Östersjöar, Allemansrätten – Walking with the poet - February 25, 2015

    Why turn a poem into film? It’s a good question. Some poems lend themselves naturally to another form, most probably don’t. Poems don’t need imaging. Just as music doesn’t need words. But sometimes the two fit together to co-create an entirely new experience. A new “translation” as Tomas might put it – he has often described his poems[…]

  • Östersjöar, Allemansrätten: What is a masterpiece? – Part II - February 19, 2015

    Östersjöar was published in 1974. The poet has said it is his most consistent effort to compose music. He looked for a large framework – then made it plural – so that he could put “everything into it.” Everything? That sounds Shakespearian. One of the first responses we received about our new film was from Helen Vendler, of Harvard, one[…]

  • Östersjöar, Allemansrätten: What is a masterpiece? – Part I - February 18, 2015

    Allemansrätten – that Swedish freedom to roam responsibly in nature – and Tomas Transtömer’s Östersjöar are masterpieces of human social and creative development. A masterpiece originally meant the work level an apprentice achieved that established the artisan. One who knew the craft, could do it and could teach others. A master at the craft. Wood, stone, words, music,[…]

  • Tomas Tranströmer, Östersjöar & Allemansrätten – Part V - February 16, 2015

    Many of our viewers do not speak Swedish. That was the idea. To talk about the Swedish right of access to nature – allemansrätten – in a wider context. And a deeper context. That’s why we turned to Tomas Tranströmer’s Östersjöar: den kan vara allas / it can be everyone’s. His poetry is translated into at least 60[…]

  • Tomas Tranströmer, Östersjöar & Allemansrätten – Part IV - February 14, 2015

    I have always loved the idea of a painting in motion. I think it stems from the time when as kids in Paris, our Mom dragged us to the museums and in the Jeu de Paume off the Place de la Concorde, then the home of the impressionists, my brother and I became mezmerised by the Monets. Up close it[…]

  • Tomas Tranströmer, Östersjöar & Allemansrätten – Part III - February 13, 2015

    When Eva first visited the Tranströmers on Runmarö in the 1980s, she got the walking tour to some favorite spots on the island where Tomas roamed as a child collecting bugs, butterflies, mushrooms and later drawing poetic inspriation. When we both visited in 1991 we were given additional marching orders to more specific spots. This year their daughter[…]

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