This poem is taken from Stand 226, 18(2) June - August 2020.

Martti Hynynen Four Poems trans. by Mike Horwood
The Situation at Evening

The one who enters numbers
in the Book of the Dead
draws a thin red line
in India ink under the column

leaves the reckoning till the next
morning and places the pen
as a bookmark in the volume dealing with nomads

behind the blinds an unruly
group heads towards
the agreed meeting place
in the backyard of the old hospital

The map which the God of Waters...

       The map which the God of Waters
       once set about drawing of me

       has many times been
       close to its completion
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