This book is one of my big influences. It helps me to touch upon the most physical side of reality. I changed the cover for one photograph from Basilica de San Marcos in Venice because it has the same deep and complex charge looking at the world.
The Half-Finished Heaven (Den halvfärdiga himlen)
Despondency breaks off its course.
Anguish breaks off its course.
The vulture breaks off its flight.
The eager light streams out,
even the ghosts take a draught.
And our paintings see daylight,
our red beasts of the ice-age studios.
Everything begins to look around.
We walk in the sun in hundreds.
Each man is a half-open door
leading to a room for everyone.
The endless ground under us.
The water is shining among the trees.
The lake is a window into the earth.
From Tomas Tranströmer, New Collected Poems, translated by Robin Fulton (Bloodaxe Books, 1997/2011)