August 25, 2006 8:05 AM I was very pleased with the Tuesday Helsinki Poetics Conference. A full house again, and the contributions, together with the remarkably good discussion sections, really brought the overall project to a new level, I think. We are starting to put the stuff online at the Tuli&Savu Net; meanwhile, here are the blueprints for my Comments in the introductory section to the Symposium on Runosta runoon (it’s a case of the blueprints being somewhat larger than the actual presentation): Finnish, English.

August 20, 2006 7:15 PM Connected (if only remotely) to the Haavikko theme in the Helsinki Poetics Conference, next Tuesday, August 22, in the Music Hall of the Old Student House, Helsinki, here’s my review of his Talvipalatsi and Puitten ylivertaisuudesta from Helsingin Sanomat, November 21, 1993 (Finnish).

August 20, 2006 11:00 AM Using the interesting work by poet Ara Shirinyan as example, this recent entry by Stan App manages to take the debate on the “limitations” / “biases” of “Internet poetics” a good step forward.

August 20, 2006 10:00 AM RIP Jarkko Laine (1947-2006). My last contact with Jarkko, almost exactly a year ago, was not altogether a happy one: he wrote me to cancel his participation in the Helsinki Poetics Conference – not wanting to share the floor with some people he felt had betrayed him during the well-known skirmishes around his Chairmanship in the Union of Finnish Writers. I think he knew how to make both friends and enemies. He and I were neither, though the routes we travelled now, in retrospect, seem even surprisingly parallel – starting from the long-forgotten Parnasso Poetry Competition in 1967 and taking turns to get ours poems published in the equally forgotten Teinilehti of those golden years. We shared the same (but different) interest in America (among other things), and I always thought of him as one of the few really independent minds in the Finnish literary scene (and thinking about it now, it seems only appropriate that the rebels in the Writers’ Union in 2002 first asked me (me!) to step up as a challenger to his, admittedly, authoritarian leadership). Now he has left the building, and the latter feels all the more finished, in all the bad senses of the word. I realize I’d always hoped our parallel lines to meet somewhere sometime, and it comes as a revelation to be reminded about where they in actuality only ever meet: in infinity.

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August 11, 2006 9:54 AM Two poems from my Ampauksia ympäripyörivästä raketista (Savukeidas 2004) now available as translations into Portuguese: “Ananke: A Pantoum“, by Odile Cisneros, and “Os comunistas finlandeses em Karélia do Leste” by Marja Elisabeth Lintulahti Olandim and Odile Cisneros. The latter poem now also in original and in my English translation, in addition to the Russian one by Sergej Zavjalov.

August 1, 2006 8:27 AM Issue two (Southern Winter) of Otoliths, by Mark Young, with work by Karl Young, Juhana Vähänen (transl. by Karri Kokko), Martin Edmond, Rochelle Ratner, Louise Landes Levi, Cath Vidler, Michael Farrell, Christian Jensen, Ira Joel Haber, Bruce Covey, Jill Jones, Allen Bramhall, Derek Motion, Caleb Puckett, Sandra Simonds (a mini-chap – The Tar Pit Diatoms), Vernon Frazer, Pat Nolan, Donald Illich, J.D. Nelson, harry k stammer, Steve Tills, David Meltzer, Tom Beckett, Thomas Fink, Crag Hill, Ira Cohen, Carol Jenkins, Miia Toivio, John M. Bennett, Michael Rothenberg, Geof Huth, David-Baptiste Chirot, Aki Salmela (part of it transl. by me), Sandy McIntosh, Michelle Greenblatt, Janne Nummela (transl. by me), Tom Hibbard, Marko J. Niemi, Phil Primeau, Kevin Opstedal, Olli Sinivaara (transl. by Alan Prohm and me), Nico Vassilakis & John M. Bennett, Michael McClure, Pam Brown, me & Eileen Tabios, is out here.