Cheryl J. Fish first visited Finland as a Fulbright professor in 2007. Since then she has returned many times to research protest and resistance to mining and extraction in Arctic Fennoscandia in the works of Sami filmmakers, photographers, and artists. However, the landscapes and experiences of the country’s saunas, lakes, villages, homes, streets, and parks evoked rich stories and poetry. This unique collection of poems, The Sauna Is Full of Maids, is a reflection on how present-day Finnish life intertwines with folklore and mythology—expressed in the Kalevala, a work of epic poetry compiled from long-lived ballads, songs, and incantations—and advancing modern developments. Accompanied by many of the poet’s own photographs, this collection has the kind of rich cultural detail that warms and satisfies the reader with insight and appreciation.
POETRY / General
TRAVEL / Europe / Scandinavia (Finland, Norway, Sweden)
ISBN: 978-1-951651-74-9 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Link to the book: https://www.shantiarts.co/uploads/files/def/FISH_SAUNA.html