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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)

TOMI KONTIO (b. 1966) first collection of poems, Tanssisalitaivaan alla (Under the Ballroom Sky) was published in 1993. Since that he has published three more. In addition to these volumes of poerty, he has written eight works of prose. He was awarded twice the J. H. Erkko Prize, and the Finlandia Junior Prize in 2000 for his juvenile novel Keväällä isä sai siivet (In Spring Dad Got Wings).
THE SUBURBAN ROMANTIC
 

Every sign on your body I knew by heart,
every star, every letter,
in their light my movements turned into shadows
and all my deeds into the darkness of the world. 
Pegasus departed from the nightstand to liberate Andromeda 
and left an imprint of his flight on the sky. 
I will stamp you on a rock
and the name of that rock is time. 
Now that your light has disappeared from my room
and the wind has released its hold from the window sill,
I don’t remember or know you anymore, 
but the letters do and that universe
into which you’ve been written,
that shadow, that lining of the poet’s cape.


Every sign on your body

Every snowflake draws

Even if you left

The Milky Way is not incandescen...

Coma Berenices

Eridanus

Lyra

Cassiopeia

I WENT

Mater, fons amoris

The hanged

Under the dance-floor sky

Venus

Let us dance

Take me

Premonition of autumn

Babble love

The oars of stars

Occultism


 
From Taivaan latvassa (At the Crown of the Sky), 1998. 
Translated by Sarka Hantula. Published in ICE-FLOE Vol. II, Number 2, Winter Solstice 2001.