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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
 

You'll have a story about
the pyramid I built,
next to it the pyramid of Cheops
is a grain of sand,
its ruby vaults,
its lighted
chambers,
its lost instruments of music

and no waiting!
only these limbs
these tender
udders
and the palms of my hands
night's sudden shiva

lights
incense
fire's swishing clusters
of grapes
Mere
endless
moment
dance like
trance,
flowing dream
as deadly as
honey

That is how
in the midst of
angora shadows
angora mountains
and the wondrous powder of dusk
like a billion Siriuses ago
the same last twin turn
the same first now


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.