Paavo Juhani Haavikko (January 25, 1931 in Helsinki – October 6, 2008) was a Finnish poet, playwright, essayist and publisher, considered one of the country's most outstanding writers. He published more than 70 works, and his poems have been translated to 12 languages.
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- War is time that has marched through the mind, and is later presented in
- such a way that boots are the be-all and end-all.
- Thus it is important to teach the soldier exactly how to treat the ghosts, how
- to address the fog, or
- how time and space appear on paper to describe absolutely everything.
- Do not say that was true in antiquity, as there the same sentence changed
- many times, petrified into mountains,
- precisely where it was open...
- Paavo Haavikko, in: John Taylor (2010), Into the Heart of European Poetry. p. 329