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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)

LAURI OTONKOSKI (b. 1959) has worked on many fields of culture: he is poet, musician, essayist and music critic. He has published seven collections of poems, a children’s book and essays. In his poems the observation is the subject. The world flows through senses and consciousness. The singular observation gets seasoned by irony. Otonkoski was awarded Nuori Suomi (Young Finland) Prize for literature in 1995, Yleisradio’s (the equivalent of the BBC) Tanssiva Karhu (Dancing Bear) Prize in 1996, Pekkanen Prize in 1999 and Engel Prize of Church Art in 2001.
THE POIGNANCY OF HUMAN EXISTENCE
When? 

When I learned to pay attention
to unlikely reptiles
to surprising glacier waters
to nightgowned rejections
to wall-mounted assault rifles
to traveling angels
to lips shaped like promises
to mussels swimming in dreams
to crashes, rules and funerals
to shady, secret sacristies
to the indecisiveness of dancing shoes
to the immeasurable indifference of looks like bullets
to spring, myself and seductions slow as clouds
all of these
between the words,
was that when the difficulties began?


And life went on, it went on

Herbal wisdom

On the ear's walk

About the third

When?


 
Translated by Anselm Hollo.