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Contributions by Tomas Transtromer:

“April och tystnad”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What is it like to see both visual responses to the poem? Does reading it in English versus Swedish provoke different feelings in you? Artist Amy Meissner: I love how the two images work together emotionally—down to the medium and palette, the two play off one another nicely and evoke two different inner worlds with the same underlying pain. Reading it in Swedish (although my Swedish isn’t very good) automatically places me elsewhere …

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“April and Silence”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What is it like to see both visual responses to the poem? Does reading it in English versus Swedish provoke different feelings in you? Artist Douglas Culhane: The visual repsonses couldn’t be more different—which is good. Interestingly neither of us included specific imagery from the poem (yellow flowers, a violin). Tranströmer is a poet I really admire and working on this project is the first time I had read his work in the original …

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