Lauri Otonkoski 
Author

Poems

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Mutta finnish

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Juhlapuhe kaikelle eli oodi hiekanjyville finnish

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Tutor finnish

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[Se ainoa varmuus] finnish

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[Ota haltuusi tämä paikka] finnish

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Lauri Otonkoski 
Author

photo © Irmeli Jung
* 03.02.1959, Helsinki, Finland
lives in: , Finland

Lauri Otonkoski (born 1959) has worked on many fields of culture. He is a poet, musician, essayist and music critic. He’s also the chairman of the Finnish PEN.

He has published eight collections of poems, a children’s book and essays. In his poems the world flows through senses and consciousness. The singular observation gets seasoned by irony. Otonkoski’s form of expression is conversational: although his poems often begin with a single thought or idea, they nonetheless quickly merge into a swell of images and reflections. He plays with language and word associations.

 photo © Irmeli Jung
Otonkoski writes many different kinds of poems: resounding verses swim in fluid harmony with short, almost aphoristic stanzas, pounding inventories and poems which verge on a somewhat essayistic style. The way in which he employs various literary and cultural points of reference is particularly notable: these references appear throughout the texts and do not scorn at any holes in the reader’s cultural awareness.

Publications
  • Mutta kukaan ei tiedä

    1990

  • Harmaan koiran rondo

    1992

  • Paossa

    1993

  • Musta oli valkoinen

    Helsinki: WSOY, 1995

  • Ahava

    1998

  • Olo

    Helsinki: WSOY, 2002

  • Cameo

    sinfoninen runo

    Helsinki: WSOY, 2005

  • Harmi!

    Helsinki: WSOY, 2009

  • Origami

    Helsinki: WSOY 2012:

Awards
  • 1995 Nuori Suomi (Young Finland) Prize

  • 1996 Tanssiva Karhu (Dancing Bear) Prize

  • 1999 Pekkanen Prize

  • 2001 Engel Prize of Church Art

  • 2003 Tanssiva Karhu Prize