Six Finnish Poets, the eleventh volume in this series, features six writers whose work is symbolic of the connection between the life of poetry in Finland and the life of the poets who write it. In Finland, poetry is a part of everyday life, a way of living, founded upon a do-it-yourself attitude that is independent of the approval of critics, publishers, or the popular masses. The poets selected here exhibit the vast range of Finnish poetry, from experimental prose to image-rich surrealism, and from sparse, stark minimalism to ironically melancholy pop-culture references.
The salient characteristic of the poetry presented here is a freedom to try on all kinds of costumes, voices, faces; to explore boundaries, to play, frolic and wander; and to dream of possibilities for literature which are not tied down by definitions of what poetry or even prose have to be like. These poets propose that, in order to write something different, we should rid ourselves of the poet's voice and find new ways of communicating with each other.
156 x 234 160 pp
Published November 2013