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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)

JOUNI INKALA (b. 1966) is writer living in Helsinki. He has published seven collections of poems, the latest of which, Sarveisaikoja , appeared in 2005.
THE REVERENT WITNESS OF MEANINGFUL MOMENTS
 

I can not sleep even though I have spoken of night so often.

The image of urine and excrement bags for astronauts
makes my eyes smart
as the moon slaps its borrowed light across the sheet

as it winds its white steel behind the curtain around my thighs, the fool.

As if I were being prepped for a god\'s illicit diapering.

Another has moved in these rooms before me,
arisen at night unheeding dreams like an unconscious sperm
pursued by its own mercies in uterine corridors.

But once stilled and immobile,
seeing a hundred thousand impulses flashing by
all at once.


Bright water beads

Behind the window

Deep gouges in the middle of the...

Then you started explaining again

I can not sleep even though I...

The weight of November's damp fog

This afternoon, I cut my finger

The next psalm after the last

Confession in wedding garb


 
From Tässä sen reuna (The Edge Here), 1992. 
Translation by Kathleen Osgood Dana. kdana@norwich.edu