Yes, I'm here, Rachel — just got back in fact & catching up with 10
days of mails — so your message announcing the Death of Haavikko was
the first I heard of it — Very sad — I never met the man, but he
clearly was a major voice of Finnish poetry — will post on him
tomorrow on Nomadics — Pierre
On Oct 8, 2008, at 9:20 AM, Rachel Loden wrote:
> Interesting that the only response is here, on this least provincial
> And he's in /Poems for the Millennium/, for crying out loud. (Pierre
> are you out there?)
> It's as if Creeley or Ashbery died and nobody said anything. But of
> my own ignorance is vast.
> I've put up another poem ("A Flower Song") and an early picture of
> taken around the time the poem was written.
>> lepää rauhassa---Rests in peace
>> lepää rauhassa
>> 2008/10/7 Rachel Loden <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Life being short, poverty and wealth
>>> are final verdicts, in that
>>> poverty and life are of equal duration
>>> and wealth and cold indifference
>>> are perennial and hereditary, like diseases.
>>> (from /May, Eternal/, 1988, tr. by Anselm Hollo)
>>> And, briefly:
>>> The old part (1754-1762) is known as
>>> The Winter Palace.
>>> Accordingly everything,
>>> Floor, ceiling, walls
>>> Is covered with these exalted beings:
>>> Venus, Jupiter, many ladies
>>> Of a full-bodied vintage.
>>> You can still see how many a man
>>> Lost head and hat
>>> By the Berezhina River,
>>> You can see that Borodino
>>> Was a victory;
>>> Of such
>>> I'm talking, here,
>>> Under the roof
>>> Thatched by my hair.
>>> (from /The Winter Palace/, 1959, tr. by Anselm Hollo)