Helena Sinervo

(1961 / Finland.)

Biography of Helena Sinervo

Helena Sinervo (born 17 February 1961) is a Finnish poet and translator.
Sinervo was born in the Finnish city of Tampere in 1961 and she studied the piano and music. She was at the Tampere Conservatoire where she qualified to teach piano. She obtained her doctorate at Helsinki University. She became a published poet in 1994.
Sinervo has translated poems by the American poetElizabeth Bishop,the French poet Yves Bonnefoy, Maurice Blanchot and the symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé. Sinervo spent a further year studying in Paris in the 1990s.
She has written a novel based on the life of the Finnish poet Eeva-Liisa Manner who died in 1995.
She has written song lyrics for the first album by Liisa Lux in 2002.
Sinervo won the Finlandia Prize for Fiction in 2004.

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A Child Is

A child is a house that parents inhabit.
How clear the small objects,
how the toys excite one's pity, little clothes
helter-skelter on the floor, on the chair-back, on the table corner,
and a small stone placed on the window sill to grow,
frosts of seven winters inside the stone,
grandfather carried in his pocket
the weight of seven generations, the smooth, light stone.
The house builds inside it another house,

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