What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
The greatest thing about Finland is that Finland is not, for example, China, Iraq, Egypt, Russia, Sweden, or Thailand. I’m grateful that, in this life, I was born in Finland. I’m grateful for my nice flat. My life has not been easy, but at least I’m not homeless. Every day, I pray, and I thank my Lord for His kindness and mercy. The greatest thing is that the place I’m in is the place my Lord decided to give me.
What turns you on creatively?
What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
My favorite word is please. Instead of a poetic sentence, I will give you a poem that was the winner of Poetry Potion’s challenge on Aug 7th, 2019:
THE SOUL SISTER OF WITTGENSTEIN
Each word that comes out of your mouth is a potential swear word.
Each word on the paper has the potential to blow up somebody’s fuse.
Words are a question of taste, revealing the mindset, the heart, and the soul of both the writer and the speaker, but also, the core of the interpreter.
For the soul sister of Wittgenstein, the only words that hold any beauty are “please” and yes in Deutsch, “Ja,” especially when brushing off idle talk and written nonsense with a simple “Ja ja ja ja ja!”
What is your pet peeve?
I don’t read the tabloids: however, sometimes, when I have to perform internet searches linked to my work, some random trash pops up.
The last time this happened, I had to send Mr. Kaczynski a letter and shoot from the lip because I wasn’t sure who was trying to destroy what and why, but the trash was in danger of tainting my academic efforts and, also, his credibility.
I don’t even know anymore if he’s alive or not, but the whole point is, if I know that something is right – many parts of a theory, for example – and these parts happen to be a part of the thing that’s working for me, then when he’s gone, I still have to do whatever I have been doing and am doing.
It pisses me off if something would work just fine, but then some attention greedy American (or Russian or whoever) decides that he or she will try and steal somebody else’s ideas and tell the tabloids that he or she is the best friend (or the wife or the husband number 2034) of this elderly guy called Mr. Kaczynski (he or she hasn’t even met) and that he or she will be the “next U.” I mean: something completely idiotic. There is no one like Mr. Kaczynski. Period. He has not been and is not somebody’s private property. Period. His ideas belong to the people. The U word is a curse word. I don’t pretend to know Mr. Kaczynski. He’s a name. I don’t even know myself, and it’s my priority number one: to try and figure myself out.
A non-tabloid story: I didn’t start harassing the “great American,” for example, when I was ten years old or in my late teens like some emotionally handicapped baby with daddy issues. I lived my life as a free woman, and every time I managed to achieve something good, was when I applied the ideas of Mr. Kaczynski and the ideas of Mr. Wittgenstein.
How is this possible? How is it possible that I have gained positive things through the ideas of Mr. Kaczynski, when other people have created negativity? I don’t know. It pisses me off if somebody thinks that I’m a friend of one of those attention seekers or a part of some haters club.
What defines Paula Puolakka?
I’m nothing, but at the same time, I’m everything. I’m a nobody, but at the same time, I’m somebody. I have nothing, but at the same time, I have everything. I’m the Empress, the Ace of Cups, the Moon, the Sun, and Strength, but at the same time, I’m the Fool, the Hanged Man, the Devil, and the Hermit. I am Love.
Paula Puolakka (born August 18, 1982) is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas.) In 2019, The Finnish Reserve Officers' Federation gave her an honorable mention, honoring the academic legacy of Mr. Ludwig Wittgenstein & Mr. Theodore John Kaczynski. In Dec 2020, the PhDs of Tampere University gave her appreciation: her academic article - celebrating her Master's thesis of 2012 and the academic legacy of Mr. Kaczynski & Mr. Wittgenstein - was published by Hybris. In April 2021, Puolakka won the second prize in the "Lahti, the European Green Capital 2021" writing competition. Her story celebrated "Teddy." In Dec, she landed second in the writing contest held by Haloo Maaseutu (monitored by the Centre for Economic Development, Transport, and the Environment.) From Aug 2021 to Feb 2022, Puolakka was the representative of the City of Oulu. Her sixth book came out in Nov 2022. The name of the "limited edition science-art Christmas gift" was Banded Krait: the collection of the acclaimed Beat poems, including her award- and challenge-winning poems (USA, South Africa & Canada, 2019-2022.) A few of them were dedicated to Mr. Kaczynski and Mr. Wittgenstein.