Collaborators’ Q&A: 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. Translator Michael McGriff: …Tranströmer is one of my favorite poets. I go to his work to be reminded that the enigmatic universe can be represented by a single image. Translation (the act of doing it, reading it, and publishing it) takes up most of my waking hours. It’s an essential part of my creative life.
Poet Tomas Tranströmer was born in Stockholm, Sweden. The author of numerous books of poetry, he was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature. Artist Amy Meissner is a writer and children’s book illustrator living in Anchorage, Alaska. Translator Michael McGriff was born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon. He is the author of Choke, Dismantling the Hills, and Home Burial.