Wednesday 31.8 at 6pm at Arkadia: presentation of the book ‘We hate war, mother!’ by Burmese poet Ye Yint Thet Zwe

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Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to the presentation of the book ‘We hate war, mother!’
by Burmese poet Ye Yint Thet Zwe on Wednesday 31.8 at 6pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)


6:00-6:05 Projection of the poetry film “The Journey of a Broken Bird”.
6:05-6:35 Interview with the author conducted in English by Mathias Rosenlund.
6:35-7:00 Poetry reading of the book (Burmese/English) selected by the author.


Warm regards,


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Is Finnish contemporary poetry written in Burmese?

We hate war, mother!” is a poetry book by refugee writer based in Finland Ye Yint Thet Zwe (Burma 1964). This book, recently published by Sivuvalo project, is a chant from the exile where the author uses its poetry to void time and distances. His longing for freedom, sadness, protests and nostalgia makes this book a tribute to the freedom of speech and political adversity. The poems, written by the author during his stays in prison and in hospital, are a confession made to his mother against the war, where she represents the purity of an ideal world. “We hate war, Mother!” is the first trilingual edition (Burmese, Finnish and English) of a refugee writer living in Finland. It was translated by Anne Ketola and Sami Häninen.

On an unprecedented move, Sivuvalo project ( launches its first non-profit poetry book series called ‘Karu Kartonera’ on behalf of the right that international writers living in Finland must have to publish in their own mother tongue. The collection is a long term publishing cooperation with Stadin Ammatiopisto. Our second book will be a trilingual poetry compilation (Sámi, Spanish and English) of Sámi contemporary writers Niillas Holmberg and Inger-Mari Aikio.

Next August 31st at 6 p.m. we invite you to the presentation of “We hate war, Mother!” at Arkadia international bookshop (Nervanderinkatu 11, Helsinki), where you can meet the author, get your signed copy and also watch the premier of “The Journey of a Broken Bird” a poetry film based on the work of Ye Yint Thet Zwe. Presentation will be conducted by writer and journalist Mathias Rosenlund.

Ye Yint Thet Zwe, born 1965 in Yangon, Myanmar, is a Burmese poet Based in Helsinki. In 1988, when the 8888 uprising began, he became part of the student army leaving its country in 1990. Since then, he has resided in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and finally in Finland. In Tokyo, Ye Yint founded the independent Burmese library ‘Ahara’ with the help of other writers as a way to preserve their heritage.