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Leevi Lehto


Ananke: A Pantoum


I'm Maria. I live in Vantaa. You come complete with good opinions and body.
The play happens at two levels simultaneously.
I'm looking for a sportive, over 170 cm man of the same age.
For the purpose, any space is applicable where one can get in touch with an audience.

The play happens at two levels simultaneously.
I will take you to my green room, if yet
for the purpose, any space is applicable where one can get in touch with an audience.
I'm a slim single parent of two hairy children. I will not talk about my businesses over the phone.

I will take you to my green room, if yet
you call, then dictate your prepared text for the ad (max length 6 lines). The automate will tell you:
I'm a slim single parent of two hairy children. I will not talk about my businesses over the phone.
But if truly you care, you know where to find this woman. I'm not offering sex.

You call, then dictate your prepared text for the ad (max length 6 lines). The automate will tell you,
is it true there is not to be found an honest, nice, settled man in Päijänne Tavastia.
But if truly you care, you know where to find this woman. I'm not offering sex.
The dramatic curve proceeds from the first encounter,and getting to know each other, up to the
    parting.

Is it true there is not to be found an honest, nice, settled man in Päijänne Tavastia?
I am the night's dark and hot longhaired young woman.
The dramatic curve proceeds from the first encounter,and getting to know each other, up to the
    parting.
Again the man promised just about everything! Couldn't wait to get away from an ugly and fat woman.

I am the night's dark and hot longhaired young woman.
There's an offering of brains, character, and both inner and outer beauty, to which,
again, the man promised just about everything! Couldn't wait to get away from an ugly and fat woman
to be a friend for an ordinary single mother (03 area, 179-69, 30-40yrs., educ., fond of animals).

There's an offering of brains, character, and both inner and outer beauty, to which,
when revealing his secret, the baron went pale! While seeing Kunigunde, tanned
to be a friend for an ordinary single mother (03 area, 179-69, 30-40yrs., educ., fond of animals) -
who participates in the selfsame cacophonic attempt at a discussion on life and life-values.

When revealing his secret, the baron went pale! While seeing Kunigunde, tanned:
a just about incredibly intelligent woman, ahead of her time,
who participates in the selfsame cacophonic attempt at a discussion on life and life-values -
big-breasted, and with a squelchingly horny cunt:

a just about incredibly intelligent woman, ahead of her time.
It's difficult to imagine a fine collection without individual poems like this.
Big-breasted, and with a squelchingly horny cunt.
Simply the best meal ever served.

It's difficult to imagine a fine collection without individual poems like this
containing partly acoustic music, partly that from the turn of the century:
simply the best meal ever served
and during the intermission to the holy ceremony, refreshments. I really was taken over by horror

containing partly acoustic music, partly that from the turn of the century,
reflected at the surface of the wall using a computer and a video-gun,
and during the intermission to the holy ceremony, refreshments. I really was taken over by horror
when I saw burned that good man from Biscay, who as godfather had married the godmother

reflected at the surface of the wall using a computer and a video-gun:
XXL size lush big-breasted porcell offers relief to men of all sizes and descr in Yliviesk evenings nights.
When I saw burned that good man from Biscay, who as godfather had married the godmother,
I'm excited by him having sex with another woman:

XXL size lush big-breasted porcell offers relief to men of all sizes and descr in Yliviesk evenings nights.
Selling PLAYSTATION2 + 2 drivers + memoryc + games Gta3 and Fifa + cables + instr + receipts.
I'm excited by him having sex with another woman.
Mira wants to know what you'd do to her. Be sure not be a looser.

Selling PLAYSTATION2 + 2 drivers + memoryc + games Gta3 and Fifa + cables + instr + receipts.
I'm Maria. I live in Vantaa. You come complete with good opinions and body.
Mira wants to know what you'd do to her. Be sure not be a looser.
I'm looking for a sportive, over 170 cm man of the same age.

I'm Maria. I live in Vantaa. You come complete with good opinions and body.
The play happens at two levels simultaneously.
I'm looking for a sportive, over 170 cm man of the same age.
For the purpose, any space is applicable where one can get in touch with an audience.




                                          translated by the author


(The bulk of the poem is based on direct quotations from online and newspaper dating services. Additional sources include submissions for productions to be staged during the "Turku Poetry Week" in November 2003, Voltaire's mini-novel Candide, and poet Olli Sinivaara's essay "Mitä arvostelemme kun arvostelemme runokokoelmia?" (What do we review when reviewing poetry collections), Tuli&Savu 4/2002-1/2003.


Born in 1951, Leevi Lehto is a Finnish poet, translator, and programmer. He has published six volumes of poetry, a novel, Janajevin unet (Yanayev's Dreams, 1991), and an experimental prose work, Päivä, (Day, 2004).

He has been active in leftist politics (70's), and worked as a corporate executive in the communications industry (90's). His experiments in digital writing include the well-known Google Poem Generator (2002).

His translations, some forty books in total, range from mystery writing to philosophy, sociology, and poetry, including work by Louis Althusser, Gilles Deleuze, George Orwell, Stephen King, Josef Skvorecky, John Keats, John Ashbery, and Charles Bernstein. He is currently working on a new Finnish translation of Ulysses by James Joyce.

His first volume of poetry in English, Lake Onega and Other Poems, will be published by Salt in November 2006.

The original of Ananke can be found here.

 
 
 
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