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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)

JYRKI KIISKINEN (b. 1963) worked as editor in chief in the Nuori Voima literary magazine in 1991-1994 and Books from Finland in 1995-2000. He is one of the most important literary figures of his generation. He has published five collections of poems, three novels and three children’s books. He was awarded the Eino Leino Prize in 1992, Kalevi Jäntti Prize in 1994 and Yleisradio’s (the equivalent of the BBC) Tanssiva Karhu (Dancing Bear) Prize in 2000.
WHAT LIES BEHIND THE FAMILIAR WINDSCREEN
Radio 

Thirteen languages strum in my head.
The high-voltage lines hum
in the wind, the fields
in the darkness sway yellow.

A thought. The glass. Breaks. The words
go wild and bite each other.
I've heard it.
The voices compete for living space
and the talk goes on into the night.
But is it night now?
Or is this dark
some age?

Yellow birds eat the darkness.
They flounder in the air
and gobble all the death.
They get full.
It is so quiet and nice.

Big flowers open in the heart
to the rattle of languages.
On the radio a low voice. Wishes
crackling Happy New Year.
It's the Middle Ages.
It's the night of magic. The snow crunches
and the stars squeak more shrilly
than a radio left on.


X (in the series Maisema särkyne...

XI

XII

Brother

Four a.m.

Song

Radio

Method

Estrangement

A wish

Someone else

The hours of night

On the freedom of undressing

No one

I fall upwards


 
From Silmän kartta (The map of the eye), 1992. 
Translated by Jukka Koskelainen, Minna Castrén, Rhea Tregebov.