TOMAS MIKAEL BÄCK
KJELL WESTÖ (ANDERS HED)
JUKKA KOSKELAINEN (b. 1961) first collection of poems, Kierros (Cycle) was published in 1995. Since that he has published two more, Erään taistelun kuvaus (Description of a Certain Battle, 1997), Niin lavastetaan lännen taivas (Thus We Stage the Western Sky, 2001) and Mitä et sano (2005). In addition to these works he has published a collection of essays and several translations of poems, by Octavio Paz and Paul Celan among others. Koskelainen was awarded Eino Leino Prize in 1992, Kalevi Jäntti Prize in 1995 and Einari Vuorela Prize in 2000.
|THE WHIRLING LAYERS OF THE BYGONE
There is no one to be seen in the sky today,
only its veins are bulging and
spots of sun move across the skin, the sun's barbs.
But I am as whole as any ocean.
I run in circles, the city haunts me with its brilliance,
masts and the water's surfaces write one another.
I circle, no one, a long descending vowel
along the flagstones like a medieval hymn
or the cleansing of a religion. No one -
is that for whom the singing is? All these
masts and the glittering of the waters? Nothing changes,
the water in the pools does not change, I circle.
A Sketch for Aphoristic Poetry
At Dinner Time
now you're here
...can't you see the change in...
The Southern Cross
After the dream