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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)

EIRA STENBERG
In the Male There's a Cave 

In the male there's a cave
that he came out of.
He doesn't know it.
It's no womb, it's stone,
a place where he retreats
to protect himself from the woman
who sleeps hunched up inside him.
He keeps weapons there,
nails and teeth,
the early image of his sex,
goes to dream his dreams there
curled up like a caterpillar
chin on knee.

When the woman wakes, the man starts up,
and doesn't know where he's got to.
He sees the breasts and the womb,
the ikon of a body,
like a window into heaven,
and the lap's creamy swamps,
the toothless mystery of thirst
and hunger's mother-of-pearl handsaw,
the teeth and the blood.


Little Criminals

He was so thin-skinned

In Santa Sophia at Ohrid

Money doesn't stink

Tree Mother

A Child Screams

To talk of love

Divina Commedia

In the Male There's a Cave

The Princess Plays

A Man Carries His Cross

The Animals

A Cotonou night

The equator


 
From Halun ikoni, 1997 
Translated from the Finnish by H. Lomas