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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
Babble love 

Babble more Spanish love
in your felt-booted voice,
walk quietly on the cork mat.
We talked ourselves into objects.
You are a house where a crow hops on the roof
on long-faced autumn evenings.
I am an old tiled stove,
an unswept, suffocated enamel lung
that coughs soot into your face.
In the city of man-made fabrics
the birds peck at liver.
We have two thousand years behind our eyes.
How many furrows do you see on my face.
I shall take a car and drive across history,
across my pitted forehead.
You will dance the felt-booted flamenco in front of the mirror
and let a lacerated heart turn your head.


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 Tanssisalitaivaan alla (Under the ballroom sky), 1993. 
Translated by Hildi Hawkins.