Kullervo, Early…

In the mornings I take down my old books, Kalevala, for instance,

and read of Kullervo, sad clown of the north, whose family

was an iron age house of incest and shattered cups

though it sounds better in Finnish—as if pain was inevitable

because they had few pronouns in those days,

there being no distinction between men

and women in Suomi and so, tragedy was pan-gendered

which means they talked of gravity long before Isaac Newton.

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