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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
Confession in wedding garb 

We engage ourselves to the void with each
finger, we grope for the road, which

leads somewhere with no certain, bright
tambourine-hard certainty.  We thread

our arms to the music, we listen
to the secrecy, wed, enwreathed.

The drumhead of our thrumming hearts, powerfully counting,
may burst at any moment.

And the only moment, when even all that, too, has 
not been achieved, will be known by the

font, by the strength of a single sprinkled
drop, and completely unaware
we accept the piercing pain in our ribs

the price of verity. The bloody moment
   of the precious thorned crown.


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 Sille joka jää, 1998. 
Translation by Kathleen Osgood Dana.