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Aki Salmela


ALMOST BEYOND RECOGNITION


















































































Riverrun

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Darkened be unkind

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Lone Deranger

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Aki Salmela is a Finnish poet and translator of poetry. He has published two books of poetry in Finnish, Sanomattomia lehtiä (2004), Leikitään kotia (2005) and two chapbooks of experimental poetry in English, Word in Progress (2004), available as a download through Tuli&Savu Nihil, and Almost Beyond Recognition (2006), available as a pdf from the author(aki.salmela at welho dot com). His translations include the selected poems of John Ashbery, Valveillaoloa (2004), and the selected poems of Russell Edson, Intuitiivinen matka (2006).

 
 
 
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