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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)

HENRIKA RINGBOM (b. 1962) is a Finland-Swedish poet, who also writes prose and essays. She has published four collections of poems, the latest of which Den vita vinthunden (The White Greyhound, 2001), and a novel. In her work unite keenness to images and exact, mucial language.
EVERYTHING, AS IT IS
 

At about ten it was wonderfully
beautiful by the bay. The sun was setting,

the water mirrored the light sky
and the trees. A thin, thin haze, white

buildings and silver willows, strong
scents. But it was as though

I had been wading through lakes
of mud. But it was as though

the strength and the calm had been there,
all the time, waiting to be taken possession of. Yes,

I had answered when Zampano asked:
"Are you going to stay here and wait till they're ripe?"

of Gelsomina who was sowing tomato seeds
on the waste-ground. Yes, I had answered,

I'm waiting for the tomatoes. And it was
as though the strength and the calm

had been there, all the time, waiting
to take possession of me, as though

the lakes of mud
had been wading through me


The sky cloudy, grey

Soles of feet on warm stone

Excuse me, I have to get off

On my birthday I rose early

No one chooses not to be lead...

The first day when I walk around...

In the middle of the night

At about ten it was wonderfully

How dangerous the sky is to the eye

Oh to be a mouth

What all does the mouth not go...

In the great emptiness

To exist in every moment

Imagine that the road is

In the room concealed

What one says is

At the bottom of every eye

Like a jolt through


 
From Den vita vinthunden (The White Greyhound), 2001. 
Translated by David McDuff.