Thursday, April 4, 2024


Mr. Sinclair was greeted by his wife, Leni, when he was released from prison in December 1971.Credit...Andrew Sacks/SaxPix

J O H N    S I N C L A I R

1941 ~ 2024

TOMAS TRANSTROMER, "April and Silence" ~


April and Silence

Spring lies forsaken.

The velvet-dark ditch

crawls by my side

without refections.

The only thing that shines

are yellow flowers.

I am cradled in my shadow

like a violin

in its black case.

The only thing I want to say

glimmers out of reach

like the silver

at the pawnbroker's.


The Sorrow Gondola

Tomas Transtromer