Kari Aronpuro (b. 1940) is one of Finlands
foremost poets, and one of its true 'avant-garde' voices. Aronpuros
writing has progressed from pure modernism to impure postmodernism.
Aronpuros debut Peltiset enkelit ('Tin Angels') was
published in 1964. His style is fragmentary, but the form, nevertheless,
is mostly poetry. His early works (1964-1987) have been collected
in Selvää jälkeä ('Clear Marks', (1987);
his latest is Pomon lumo ('The Charm of PoMo', 2000).
Aronpuros single novel, Aperitiff, avoin kaupunki ('Aperitiff,
Open City', 1965) is a postmodern collage. It can be defined as
"quiet literature"; the narrator-subject is in crisis
and losing his voice. With symbols gradually replacing the subject,
Aronpuro started to look into "fashionable" semiotics,
post-structuralism and old metaphysics in his search for a frame
of reference. How well has he succeeded? The jury of philosophers
is still out on that.
What does the future hold? Perhaps poetry
can, in the Cagean way, be interpreted as silence: "Quietly/
I am waiting/today is free of must"(Tässä valossa/Pomon
Friday 9.11.2001 - Gloria
21:00-03:00 - Avanto-Club: Op:l Bastards & Kari Aronpuro