Monthly Archive for July, 2008

Tokio/Kuopio

The main guest to this year’s Kuopio Sound Poetry Seminar (The Conference Room of Kuopio City Library, Sat. Sept. 6, 1 to 3 PM, as part of the Kirjakantti literary festival) will be ADACHI Tomomi from Japan (in the photo by Christian Yde Frostholm performing at Audiatur, Bergen, Norway, Fall 2007). The Seminar will be chaired by me and also addressed by poet Miia Toivio; in the evening’s Sound Club event, hosted by poet Jouni Tossavainen, Tomomi will perform together with Jonimatti Joutsijärvi, Marita Lindholm, Miia Toivio, and me. Apart from Kuopio, Tomomi’s Scandinavian tour will take him to LitteraturHaus, Copenhagen (Sept 2.), Fylkingen, Stockholm (Sept 3.), Muusajuhlat, Oulu (Sept. 7), and Helsinki (Sept. 9, incl. improvizations together with Jone Takamäki; details forthcoming). For more on this wonderful and inventive artist/performer, visit www.adachitomomi.com and his page at UbuWeb.

Aeons Swish In Eden’s Sway

is a new poem of mine based on Charles Bernstein’s ”Johnny Cake Hollow”, together with variations of it by the author (into English), Jörgen Gassilewski (into Swedish), me (into Finnish), Jörgen Gassilewski (from my Finnish into Swedish; all these homophonic) and by me into Swedish from my Finnish (metrical-semantic), that were published in ”Oversettelse 2” issue of nypoesi.net. I use all the lines of these versions in sequence, permutating them stanza per stanza following the pattern of Sestina end words. I performed the poem (see photo by Susanne Christensen) as part of the launch of Charles’ Swedish book, De svåra dikterna anfaller, eller Högt spel i tropik-erna. Dikter, essäer, samtal (OEI editör) in Weld, Stockholm, July 1, 2008. The poem is here.

Riippuvat puutarhat by Lassi Hyvärinen (ntamo 2007)

was extolled (with reservations that on closer look will prove self-cancelling) by poet-critic Markku Paasonen in today’s Helsingin Sanomat.