May 25, 2007 5:34 PM Debatten i Sverige pågår: Anna Hallberg, Lars Mikael Raattamaaa, Jenny Tudedahl.

May 25, 2007 7:10 AM In Helsingborg’s Dagblad (HD), Sweden, Jenny Högström writes about – it seems, very promising – new book of poetry by Kajsa Sundin, Definition (OEI editör), touching also upon the discussion around Johan Lundberg’s article (see below, and also see comment by Malte Persson (in Expressen), the discussion in Malte’s blog, Martin Johs. Møller, Miia Toivio. Question: what is the difference between the “kotterier har jo alltid funnits…” attitude, readily expressed in the Swedish debate, and the idea of “konstellationer af aktive læsere, som vil udveksle snarere end at indgå i et kollektiv…”, explored, in reference to Charles Bernstein’s “Provisional Institutions” essay, in this article by Marianne Ping Huang in the Danish daily, Information?)

May 24, 2007 7:45 AM Kritik? Poets in Sweden are marginalized and hold literary power – because they are “so effectively networked”! This is what Johan Lundberg, in this ill-spirited piece published in Expressen, seems to have to say. Well, I am not convinced. During the recent Biskops-Arnö seminar, I talked to Malte Persson about the relative weakness of the Swedish poetry blogosphere, and one of the explanations for that he came with was, i det stora hela, “Because the coverage of poetry in Dagens Nyheter and other big newspapers is still rather good.” On the other hand, I would not say this about Finnish newspaper(s) where you, i det stora hela, would not find “big articles” written by “marginalized poets”. And yet, judging from what I hear about last weeks’ Helsingin Sanomat only, the kind of poetry Lundberg is demonizing seems to “dominate” even here. So I think something (else) is happening, only you don’t know (yet) what it is. ( See also Susanne Christensen, Petrus Andersen.)

May 23, 2007 10:10 PM Revealing (these two ceteris paribus) images.

May 23, 2007 9:27 AM The Estonian poet, Hasso Krull, with compats, today, 4 to 8 PM, in a literary evening in Villa Kivi, Linnunlauluntie 7, Helsinki. For a Finnish transcript of a discussion Aki Salmela, Olli Sinivaara, Miia Toivio, and I had with Hasso in Tallinn in October 2003, go to this page at Tuli&Savu Net.

May 22, 2007 5:51 PM Good Press from Bad Press. Pages 90-91 of this “version 5.12 / eye-readable miscellany” (sort of blog-in-pdf, seems to me) by Bad Press collective, UK, contain Jow Lindsay’s attentive comments on my reading in London, November 2006, which I appreciated but have neglected to note so far. Also see

May 21, 2007 6:12 PMAnnouncing, in the neck of time, poet Jyrki Pellinen today in Finnish TV2, 6:55 PM (18:55), in “Elämäni kirja: Mozartin matka Prahaan”.

May 20, 2007 8:20 AM Working to address a number of questions sent to me by Annelie Axén, one of the editors of the magazine, Kritiker, an important new initiative that grew from the Danish-Norwegian-Swedish network, “Fria Seminariet i Litterär Kritik” (FSL). In my answers, to be published in the next issue of Kritiker, I will also respond to to this interesting article by Mikkel Bruun Zangenberg, in the current issue of the magazine.

May 18, 2007 10:35 AMUpdated my “others” section with a number of links so far only available in the Blog Archive, and while there, added two translations from SuOmEI: En anaerobisk sats by Janne Nummela, Fabelreklam by Eino Santanen.

May 18, 2007 8:59 AM Re-activating Friedrich Schiller: Suomen laulu.

May 17, 2007 6:30 PM From The Inexhaustible Spring Of Biskops-Arnö: Martin Larsen’s Rapport 3 and Paal Bjelke Andersen’s mini-essay, “Kan vi slippe offentligheten” (his answer seeming to be: we must!); the indefatigable Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl again in his new blog contributes with a piece called “The importance of destroying a language (of your own)“. I only think Eiríkur must have gotten the country wrong. (I’m just back from a visit to a Helsinki flee-market where I bought this 1926 reader of “Patriotic Literature”, featuring an article of the “Importance Of Skiing In Finnish”… An admirable defition of a spirit that’s still very much with us.)

May 17, 2007 11:15 AM Errata! At the breakfast table today, Thursday, May 17, my wife, reading Helsingin Sanomat (the monopolistic Finnish daily I stopped following a year ago or so), tells me that after some investigating journalism, they now reveal that the Finnish Radio Tanssiva Karhu Poetry Award wasn’t given to Tuomas Timonen, as was erroneusly reported by all other media on Monday. Instead, it was given to Tuomas Timonen. Likewise with the Translators Award which, after all, went to Juhani Lindholm, not to Juhani Lindolm. Pravda!

May 17, 2007 8:22 AM Martin Johs. Møller has put a recording of my reading of “Sanasade” (Word Rain) in Biskops-Arnö up at his play list (the black “Oplæsninger fra FLY” box down right). I’d say in my latest renderings, the piece has entered its proto-expressionist phase (you may want to have patience to listen up to the very end). There’s still a lot of ground to cover and things to learn in that automatically generated procedural poem; in Prague, I was almost moved when a young Czech woman told me, “First I thought it was about sex, then I realized no, it’s about getting old…” (For an earlier recording, from Oct. 2005, click here; for my “Sound Work” page, here.))

May 16, 2007 16:10 AM English for the new illiterati. Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl’s new blog.

May 16, 2007 7:53 AM Risto Niemi-Pynttäri writes nicely about my recent reading in Prague. (Maria Grech Ganado is a charming Maltese poet and person whose work is available in Finnish, in Aki Salmela’s translations, in the latest issue of Tuli&Savu). Martin Larsen, in the second part of his Biskops-Arnö reports at the seminar blog (first one here) gives a nice rap-up (in Danish) of some of what I had to say in my presentation there – complete with an on-the-fly Finnish neologism for book-on-demand publishing, as I note in my comment to his post.

May 15, 2007 9:16 AM For another dose of group spirit, you may want to check the actual audio recordings of our Biskops-Arnö “kakofoninen fellesläsning”, now available at Martin Johs. Møller’s blog (the “Oplæsninger fra FLY” flashbox down right). You may want to skip the static rehearsal version, “v.1” (where I seem to be the one closest to the microphone ;-)), choosing “v.2” instead. I’m reading from “Sykkö” by Eino Leino, while Malte Person reads from my book Ampauksia ympäripyörivästä raketista (2004). There are some twenty of us in all, and the result, I think, is quite beautiful.

May 15, 2007 8:27 AM To celeb- and commemorate the wonderful time some of us had the other week in the Capital of the Czech Republic, the Welsh poet Zoë Skoulding has produced an almost equally wonderful Google Villanelle, “it was spring in Prague and the poets gathered“. While at the Anthology page after a longish while, I also added “I Loved My Father“, by Katie Degentesh, from her remarkable book, The Anger Scale, as an instance of “related” work.

May 14, 2007 5:44 PM Denmark og Denmark og Denmark og Denmark During one of the Biskos-Arnö evening readings, Paal Bjelke Andersen and Martin Johannes Møller read this extract (mp3, 7:40) from an interesting conceptual work Paal is working on, based on the New Year’s speeches by Norwegian and Danish Prime Ministers, eventually also Finnish President, and others, and eventually to be published ny ntamo.

May 14, 2007 4:11 PM “Hovering in an aesthetic space somewhere between Dickinson and Celan, Oppen and Creeley, Gunnar Björling is a poet of the everyday and its words, as if the abyss between souls could ever be ordinary or ever anything else.” – Charles Bernstein. Björling’s Du går de ord (1955) now available in Fredrik Hertzberg’s English translation as You Go the Words from Action Books. (While the book is not yet listed on the Action web site,contact the publisher Johannes Göransson johannesgoransson{at}gmail{dot}com). Juri Nummelin’s new chapbook, Soundtrack the “soundtrack” (abraxas), is a conceptually informed collection of short prose poems of short clipped sentences from a Yahoo email group. Copies for EUR 1,50 + mailing costs attainable from the author, juri{dot}nummelin{at}pp{dot}inet{dot}fi.

May 14, 2007 11:50 AM Announcing the Kuopio Sound Poetry Seminar 2007, with Juha Valkeapää, Charlie Morrow, Jonimatti Joutsijärvi, and me, the Conference Room of Kuopio City Library, September 8, 2007.

May 14, 2007 10:24 AM “Behind this new language poetry generation is, above all, Leevi Lehto’s long time work. The collection of Charles Bernstein’s essays and poems that he edited may be as important for the attitude climate of a whole generation as was Kai Laitinen’s essay on imagery back in 1950’s.” Sez Jukka Mallinen in his and Miia Toivio’s presentation of “poetry year 2006”, published as part of announcing the winners of this years Tanssiva Karhu poetry award, by Finnish radio. Congratulations to Tuomas Timonen (poetry award) and Juhani Lindholm (translator’s award).

May 13, 2007 3:43 PM Café Edenborg, Stockholm. Sitting here with Annelie Axén, Susanne Christensen, Audun Lindholm, Stian Kristensen and Oscar Rossi, all a bit tired but happy after and because of the excellent seminar on alternative publishing in Biskops-Arnö, Sweden. For a recording of “den størst anlagte tværnordiske kakofoniske performance i nyere tid”, early this morning in a gothic vault in the cellar of Biskopsköket, go to Martin Johs. Møller’s blog. My three days Biskops-Arnö produced seven publication contracts for ntamo! I’m glad to see the venture announced and commented be many, including Karri Kokko, Miia Toivio, Elina Suominen, Hannu Helin, Marko Niemi, Ville-Juhani Sutinen, Martin Glaz Serup in the Biskops-Arnö blog (expect more coverage of the seminar there later on), and – in perceptible longish comment – by Ville Luoma-aho. Yesterday, I talked about my Ulysses project with Pasi Heikura in Aristoteleen kantapää, Finnish radio: podcast here.

May 10, 2007 8:43 AM Höpö! Höpö! Mao! Mao! Eiríkur Örn Nordahl reads at UbuWeb. & here’s a Swedish Poetry Sampler, ed. by Charles Bernstein, from boundary 2, Volume 29, Spring 2002. Both are new additions to the resources of the EPC Scandinavian Portal. I’m at Helsinki-Vantaa, on my way to Biskops-Arnö. But note also OEI POETRY AREA: EXTENSION 2 + RELEASE: With Jörg Piringer, Martin Högström, Kajsa Sundin, and release of new issue of OEI: # 31-33 reader’s (un)digest, Galleri Index, Kungsbro strand 19, Stockholm, Monday, May 14, at 7 PM.

May 9, 2007 9:48 PM User “flotson” yesterday posted the Google Poem Generator at Metafilter – causing some discussion, and this site to receive its all time high 2461 unique visitors, followed by todays 2265 per now. A lot of visitors coming also from this prómotional page, which I liked a lot.

May 9, 2007 9:39 PM In the morning, I founded my new publishing house, ntamo. In the evening, it agreed to put out my new book in Finnish (my collected poems 1991-2004), Toinen runous.

May 9, 2007 5:20 AM Announcing the Helsinki Poetics Conference 2007, on “Ir/responsibilities of Poetry”, with poets Martin Glaz Serup (Denmark) and Pauliina Haasjoki and Panu Tuomi (Finland), to be held August 22, in Helsinki. We had plans to make this a truly international event with simultaneous interpretation and all, but for technical reasons ended up doing it primarily in Finnish this once.

May 8, 2007 12:12 PM Against the Idea of Poetry! My Foreword to Runouden puolustus, a Finnish volume of poems and essays by Charles Bernstein, as published in Foreign Literary Studies, one of China’s top academic journals on foreign literary studies, edited and published by the Central China Normal University, Wuhan, China, Vol. 29, No. 2. April 2007.

May 8, 2007 10:05 AM Děkuji! I had great time in Prague last week, sponsored by the Finnish Literature Information Centre, and invited to the BookWorld festival by the Literature Accross Frontiers network: it was good to be able to get a better understanding of the fine work they and their powerhouse Alexandra Büchler are doing. The peak of events, for me, was the “Poetry Off The Page” happening at A – Studio Rubin, in Malá Strana neighborhood, together with Zoë Skoulding and Alan Holmes (from Wales, with an interesting combination of human and environmental sounds; they also did a piece together with the Czech artist, Martin Zet), Eduard Escoffet, a wonderful Catalan sound and other poet, and Arturs Punte, a Latvian poet who showed a fascinating “poetry film”, Gastarbeiters, where young immigrants to Galway, Ireland, get asked about their memorized lines of poetry, creating a fine mix of instances of language in transition. Another delightful pomping-into was with Christian Ide Hintze, “neuer vagant, schamanischer popsaenger, nachfahre der expressionisten, fitzcaraldo der sprache, tollkuehner ide” and leader of the important Vienna Poetry Academy. I was also pleased to be shortly interviewed, twice, for the Czech radio. And yes, here’s a blog report, in Czech, on the “Googled!” panel in the “Literature in Interaction” seminar.

May 7, 2007 4:00 PM “‘Nothing That Is Initially Interesting To More Than Seven People Can Ever Change the Conscience of Masses’ – Toward a new view on publishing (and perhaps on literature as institution)” is the title for my talk in the seminar on “Alternativ publicering/ Litterär innovation?” starting in Biskops-Arnö, Sweden, this Thursday, May 10, and with presentations also by Martin Glaz Serup, Ingmar Lemhagen, Annelie Axén, Hubert van den Berg, Susanne Christensen, Martin Larsen, Malte Persson, Magnus Bärtås, Marianne Ping Huang, Audun Lindholm, Martin Johannes Møller, Jannik Hjorthave, Anne Mette W. Nielsen, Paal Bjelke Andersen, Stian Kristensen, Simen Hagerup, Anders Johansen, Christian Rishøj, Caroline Bergvall, and Mariann Enge (and with its own blog, here).

May 1, 2007 8:45 AM From May 3 to 6, I’ll be to Prague, Czech Republic, for Prague’s BookWorld festival, in the Industrial Palace at the Prague Exhibition Grounds, to be part of 1) the seminar on Literature and multimedia in it’s “Googled!!” session (Thursday, May 3, starting 1.30 PM) together with Alexandra Büchler (Literature Across Froniers, speaker), Richard Klíčník (Czech Republic), Risto Niemi-Pynttäri (Finland), Jens Redmer (Google), Vassilis Rouvalis (Greece), Thomas Wohlfahrt (Germany); 2) a reading “Poetry Off the Page”, in Studio Rubín, Malostranské náměstí 9, Praha 1, Friday, May 4, starting 8 PM and together with Eduard Escoffet, Artur Punte, Alan Holmes, Zoe Skoulding, and Marin Zet; and 3) a panel on “Poetry and Creative Writing in Finland” (!), together with compats Risto Ahti, Risto Niemi-Pynttäri, and Reijo Virtanen (that one at festival on Saturday morning, May 5, starting 11 AM and to be moderated by Martina Rejhova).