Romanesque Arches

An Angel with no face embraced me

and whispered through my whole body:

‘Don’t be ashamed of being human, be proud!

Inside you vault open behind vault endlessly. You will never be complete, that’s how it’s meant to be.’

Blind with tears

I was pushed out on the sun-seething piazza

together with Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Mr. Tanaka, and Signora Sabatini

and inside them all vault opened behind vault endlessly.


–Romanesque Arches, Tomas Tranströmer

About Celia Farber

Celia Farber is a journalist, author, and editor based in New York City, who grew up in Sweden and New York City. Farber has written on a variety of subjects for SPIN, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Harper’s, Salon, New York Press, and many more. In 2008, Celia Farber won the Semmelweis International Society’s Clean Hands Award For Investigative Journalism.


  1. Karl says:

    Love this.

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