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JUHANI AHVENJÄRVI

CLAES ANDERSSON

EVA-STINA BYGGMÄSTAR

TOMAS MIKAEL BÄCK

AGNETA ENCKELL

MARTIN ENCKELL

TUA FORSSTRÖM

PENTTI HOLAPPA

JOUNI INKALA

RIINA KATAJAVUORI

JYRKI KIISKINEN

TOMI KONTIO

JUKKA KOSKELAINEN

LEEVI LEHTO

HEIDI LIEHU

RAKEL LIEHU

LAURI OTONKOSKI

MARKKU PAASONEN

ANNUKKA PEURA

MIRKKA REKOLA

HENRIKA RINGBOM

PENTTI SAARITSA

HELENA SINERVO

EIRA STENBERG

ANNI SUMARI

ILPO TIIHONEN

SIRKKA TURKKA

MERJA VIROLAINEN

KJELL WESTÖ (ANDERS HED)

RIINA KATAJAVUORI (b. 1968) first collection of poems Varkaan kirja (The Book of a Thief) appeared in 1992. Since that she has published four collections of poems. She has also written three books of prose and three children's books.
THE NOT-SO-ROSY FATE OF WOMAN
Departure of a Knight 

A princess has come to see a knight off. 

Next to the princess, there is a horse’s behind.
The princess sees only the knight.
And the lady’s love 
was only a fish – 

(In reality, the princess sees 
the hanged men the back of the boy’s neck against the shrubs the castle 
on top of the hill the ram behind her dragons skeletons lizards
on the opposite shore and the horse’s behind.)

The knight promises to come back soon, 
he is of dispirited color.
(In his thoughts, the man had already stepped 
on an alien shore). 

The expedition would be ready 
to welcome salt on their faces. 

Why is the princess where she is?

On the shore, dogs are scraping the land
and gazing at the horizon.


When Smirnoff is finished

Truth or dare?

I am a bear and I am going to...

The lost sin

She named herself Thief

I want to turn

The critics, whose strong suit...

Long for the Diamond Merchant's...

End of the road

The return

Advance

Winter trees night trees grief...

Perspective

Bareheaded

Message

A witness

No passing

When I close my eyes

This city is a disease

The changes

Departure of a Knight

Reflection

A Red-mouthed Bird

Theory and Practice

Credo


 
From Painoton tila (Weightless Space), 1998. 
Translated by Sarka Hantula. Published in ICE-FLOE Vol. I, Number 1, Summer Solstice 2000.