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LAURI OTONKOSKI

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MIRKKA REKOLA

HENRIKA RINGBOM

PENTTI SAARITSA

HELENA SINERVO

EIRA STENBERG

ANNI SUMARI

ILPO TIIHONEN

SIRKKA TURKKA

MERJA VIROLAINEN

KJELL WESTÖ (ANDERS HED)

SIRKKA TURKKA (b. 1939) has written 14 books, both poetry and prose. She was awarded Finlandia Prize in 1987, Yleisradio’s (the equivalent of the BBC) Tanssiva Karhu (Dancing Bear) prize in 1994 and Eino Leino Prize in 2000. She has also worked as animal attendant and head stableman.
THE HOLINESS OF HUMILITY
 

I've grown thinner, I think. But how?
I bear horse's and dog's signs
on my right thumb.
One left by a shoeing knife, the other
by a fang tooth.
Life grows out of scars
and the heart is an open mass grave
full of the silt of tears,
tentacles that clatter in the wind.
Always in the fall during turkey-slaughter
I ride on four dogs, the fifth
lopes as a spare horse on a leash
when a cold wind sweeps over the woods
and well-guarded fires burn in the fields.
So the steeds of death are wild,
small, and angry; autumn wind
red as blood, red as the mountain ash.


Blessed are the spiritually poor

I don't want to see Ignatio's blood

The horse is yawning, his eyes...

I'm standing on the roof, it's...

Wish for anything you want, anyt...

In winter a wolf ran cross

I found a rabbit´s paw in the yard

Alone, perplexed, an autumn flow...

The dog sleeps behind checkered...

They are all there

We drive the great night and thu...

And in the sky a dark cloud like...

I've grown thinner

The theory of relativity is a...

Autumn, the old horseman pissing

And the world stood on one leg...


 
From Tule takaisin, pikku Sheba (Come back, little Sheba), 1986. 
Translated by Seija Paddon.