Baltics (poem)

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Author Tomas Tranströmer
Original title Östersjöar
Translator Samuel Charters
Country Sweden
Language Swedish
Publisher Albert Bonniers förlag
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 36
ISBN 91-0-039367-3

Baltics (Swedish: Östersjöar) is a long poem by the Swedish writer Tomas Tranströmer, published in its own volume in 1974. Its narrative is set on Runmarö in the Stockholm archipelago, and is partially based on notes left by Tranströmer's grandfather who had been a maritime pilot on the island.[1]


The book was published in 1974 through Albert Bonniers förlag. An English translation by Samuel Charters was published in 1975.[2] In 1990, a few months before he suffered a stroke which damaged his ability to speak, Tranströmer made a Swedish audio recording of the poem which runs for 24 minutes.[3]

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  1. ^ TT Spektra (2011-12-06). "Runmarö ger sin egen Nobelmiddag". (in Swedish). Dalarnas Tidningar. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  2. ^ Staff writer. "The poetry of Tomas Tranströmer". The Local. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  3. ^ Andersson, Viktor (2011-10-11). "Stor efterfrågan på unik Tranströmerinspelning". (in Swedish). Tidningsaktiebolaget Svensk Bokhandel. Retrieved 2012-01-02.