Author: Pauliina Haasjoki
In her fifth collection of poems, Pauliina Haasjoki explores night flights, water, islands, sandy beaches where time is found stratified in stones and fossils. Interview by Teemu Manninen
Poems from Aallonmurtaja (‘Breakwater’, Otava, 2011)
Man cannot hide in the night, his desire will betray him.
Man turns toward the lights, light sparkles as though it were close at hand
even if it is far away.
Lights, which offer themselves like jewels to the one who sits in the plane above them, are already in their viewers’ eyes even if they have only just begun to stream from their source. A city-jewel swaying in the black night air.
A solitary light on the surface of an island. Seen close up it is a soft-lit lamp which casts light only on the table and the faces around it, but from above, at a distance of kilometres, it is an immediate spot, a straight line that aims at the viewer and pierces her. A fierce light-beam.