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Pioneers, omens and writings off the ground


Nokturno 5-2017 brings you site-specific installations, sound poetry and a love story written and photographed with a smart phone. Poet-in-digital-residence continues his work with the theme poetry & games.

Runopaikkoja and its Kalma (death) series is a joint project by litterature critic Tarja Hallberg and artist and illustrator Nina Mutik. Enne (Omen) and Raja (Border or Line) are site-specific poetry installations suggesting a collaborative way of working with nature in a creative process.

Photographer Tekla Inari tells a modern love story in her book Siniset vuodet/Blue Years (Kosmos, 2017). The bilingual book combines photography and poetry and most of the poems are originally written and photographed with a smart phone. Poems are translated by Kasper Salonen.

Heikki Saure is featured in this issue of Nokturno with two pieces. First of them is a selection of his Writings off the ground. Since 1993 he has been collecting discarded paper and various objects with writing in them. From alltogether astonishing 3 000 objects there are now 20 on display at Nokturno. Nokturno also opens a series of essays on Arto Kytöhonka, pioneer in Finnish digital poetry. In the introductory essay Heikki Saure shares an overview on Kytöhonka’s work.

Featured in this issue is also Scott Northrup. This time his material aren’t headlines of newspapers as in last issue but an American war novel from mid 1900´s. And the result is once again something completely different. Alone originates from Northrup’s residency at Arteles Creative Center in 2015.

We also present very different approaches to sound poetry. Henna Joronen’s poems bear a strong feminist message and draw from performance as a form of poetry. Why She Does What She Does and To Understand are now at Nokturno. Last but not least we have three different end results from experiments with Arduino-based ”noise boxes” in a sound poetry workshop conducted by Mikael Brygger and Jari Suominen. Jyrki Myllärinen, Ave Vellesalu and Louna-Tuuli Luukka built their own devices to produce the sounds and combined them with notations inspired by concrete and visual poetry and poetry without words.

Interested in gamifying poetry and fluent reader in Finnish? Here you can enter Nokturno’s digital residence hosting Mikael Brygger’s (Y/N) toolbox for gamifying poetry and the Residence Diary.

Please continue to send us your digital and experimental poems, or anything poetry related that finds it’s home in the digital world! Deadline for this years last issue is 11th of November.

The first poet-in-digital-residence begins his work today. Mikael Brygger is a Finnish poet also known for his work in the fields of digital and gamified poetry.

The digital residence program is Nokturno´s virtual workspace and gallery designed together with the poet-in-residence. Mikael Brygger´s residence includes two sections completed during the residency period 15th of October to 12th of November 2017.

The first section is a tool box for gamified poetry named (Y/N). The second is a residence diary Residenssipäiväkirja. Both sections are mainly in Finnish.

More information about the residence and Mikael´s tool box and diary you´ll find here.

The first poet in Nokturno’s new virtual residency program will be combining poetry to the world of games.

During his residency period from mid-October to mid-November Brygger will be addressing questions such as What does if mean to gamify poetry? And What is gamified poetry? Brygger’s work in the residence has two parts. In the blog he writes about the inspirations and bases of his ongoing projects. The second part of the residency is a toolbox for gamified poetry, named (Y/N), completed one post at a time three times a week. (Y/N) also includes texts from other poets and collaborators in his projects. By the end of the residency period (Y/N) will grow to be a handbook and a library of ideas to anyone interested in gamified and digital poetry.

Mikael Brygger is a renowned Finnish poet known for his work in digital, concrete, visual and game poetry. He is an active member of several literary communities in Finland and is, among others, one of the founders of publishing house Poesia and a former editor-in-chief at Tuli&Savu poetry magazine. His body of work includes three poetry books, digital poetry for example in Nokturno and collaborative works with poets and visual artists.

We are happy to welcome Mikael as our first poet-in-residence!

This is the first Digital Residency of Nokturno. The virtual residency program aims at giving opportunities to poets and artists to explore the meaning and possibilities of digital world in their own work. The program is funded by WSOY Literature Foundation.

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Handmade poems and morphoses in Nokturno 4-2017



Nokturno is back from summer holiday! This years fourth issue brings you hand-made visual poetry and poetry videos animated, with music and with sharp social criticism. And, Nokturno.fi, the 2.0 version of Nokturno.org celebrated it’s one year birthday this month!


Poet also known for aphorisms Virpi Alanen has created a series of four Poetic animals for Nokturno. Alanen’s poems combine visual and textual elements and stem from her poetry blog Peilit. Handmade poetic creatures suggest familiar gestures but represent unknown species. Their verses are thick with meaning – and colors convenient for the time of the year.


Known for their intensive live performances, the duo J.K. Ihalainen and Sándor Vály combine Ihalainen’s poetry to Vály’s music and visual visions. In this issue Nokturno presents a work from their other field of collaboration, video poetry. Eripari-ihmiset was born in the midst of the refugee crisis in Finland in 2016 and addresses social questions related to the situation.


MEN is a series of headline collages born from Detroit-based, artist and educator Scott Northrup’s long time work with the form. Black and white series explore mascilinity through colliding different discourses. MEN is first of two series to be published from Northrup in Nokturno.


Ulla Laisi is a visual artist also working with video poetry. In video poem Morfoosi a character moves around questions of selhood and otherness. Laisi’s animated poetry videos entailing music present a world full of warmth and kindness. Poems Aina kun liikkuu lentää and Koivu ja baobab are also suitable for children.


We received plenty of applications to the first digital residency in fall 2017. Several of the project ideas brought together different art forms and the concept of a virtual residency space invoked open-minded aspirations. The poet-in-residence is now selected, more information soon…


Please continue to send us your digital and experimental poems, or anything poetry related that finds it’s home in the digital world! Deadline for submissions to Nokturno 5-2017 is 6th of October.

(Image from Scott Northrup’s series MEN)

c2. Euler's sum of reciprocal squares (vers. 2)

Restrictive forms, whales and a small amount of Dada in June issue of Nokturno


Nokturno’s third issue of 2017 once again brings you a new set of captivating poetry, this time from dada video to combinatory poetry and from glitch aesthetics to concrete poetry.  

This issue presents two works using methods of combinatorial poetry: Henrik Pathirane has created an extensive series of poems provided here as a free download. Another poem from Pathirane in this issue is Painovoima, combining combinatorics with concrete poetry.

Intersections of text and image are also present in the four works of Juha Siro. Known as an author in the field of literary fiction, Siro has also done explorations to the world of multi-language poetry and picture poems. 

Finland’s flag-bearer of Dada, Heikki Saure is now combining poetry video and performance in his collaboration with the band FairTrad. In Dada Litterature, shot by Heikki Aaltonen, he uses his Roskarunot poems (roskaruno, litter poem) as a material for his Dada reading. Saure’s litter poems are a collection of pieces of paper found on the ground. 

Russian Alexander Limarev combines bright colors with mathematics in his series of visual poems. Limarev’s poems are inspired by glitch art and draw from Leonhard Euler’s mathematical theories. Netta Alanko’s sound poems Katuvalas ja Merikapteeni reach out to the category of storytelling with melancholic tales of sea and homelessness, outsiders and whales. 

This issue also presents encounters between commerce and poetry. Tuomas Taskinen’s poems written in cash payment receipts challenge the expectations we have on roles of a salesperson and a customer. Runoja käteismyyntikuiteille (hommage à Kari Aronpuro) is inspired by Kari Aronpuro’s novel Aperitiff – avoin kaupunki (1965) and it’s explorations on relationships between monetary economy and creativity.

Hungarian poet and performance artist József Bíro has continued his mail themed poetry series with Postcards. Stamps of Poetry was released in Nokturno earlier this year. Bíro’s visual poems apply both textual and visual material with an analogue cut&paste twist.

Please continue to send us your digital and experimental poems, or anything poetry related that finds it home in the digital world! Deadline for submissions to Nokturno 4-2017 is 4th of August.

Ps. Call for Nokturno’s Digital Residence is open till the end of July. More information here

(image: Alexander Limarev – c2. Euler's sum of reciprocal squares (vers. 2))