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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)

HEIDI LIEHU author and philosopher (b. 1967) has published five collections of poems and two novels. In addition to them, she has published several works of philosophy, the most well-known of which is Perhosten valtakunta (The Butterfly Empire), more than thousand pages of feminist philosophical analysis of culture and an utopia.
THE OUTERMOST IS NOT FAR AWAY
 

So that I would hear
the sea wildly wave its wet fist before me
so that a dog would leap up high from the scene
from the fifth quarter
glove in mouth
and speed past me

I am,
in a fierce wind in a fierce summer
tree's millebuddha struggles
wearing all his ornaments.

I am,
naked death
sleeps somewhere,

I am,
I impress into my mind:
ship's wreck rests at the sea bottom,
wave abandons rock,
thousand directions
I am
I
to splintered cities,
I
to twilight
without depth,
to statues water makes
to light's copper
light's copper
light's
deceit
To the hastening
dusk


So that I would hear

Fresh yesterdays

My face

This forever

Which tomorrow is curtained by...

It is summer again

I would choose

Sky: cold

You are

This tempo, this

We have so little time

In moon's cool favour

You'll have a story about

I am twenty-seven

In the park

Let us live as if forever

Here nothing costs much

The road awaits eruption

I try to get used to

Mosque of rain


 
From Pitkät hyvästit (The Long Goodbye), 1995. 
Translated by Seija Paddon.