A. W. Yrjänä

Songwriter and poet A. W. Yrjänä (b. 1967) has written five of Finland’s top-selling collections of poetry as well as Diary 1996–2008, based on his own journals. Since 1985, he has been the frontman for the rock band CMX, which has 3 platinum records, 15 gold records, and total sales of about half a million albums.



The Whales of Jonah’s Hill (Joonaanmäen valaat, Johnny Kniga 2017)
Angelus (poems, Johnny Kniga 2010)
Diary 1995–2009 (Päiväkirja 1995–2009, Johnny Kniga 2009)
Mechanema (poems, Johnny Kniga 2006)
Somnia (poems, Johnny Kniga 2003)
Rota (poems, Like 2000)
Arcana (poems, Like 1997)


Praise for the author

Arcana, released early in the autumn, has been well received, and the publisher is just taking the third edition of the collection. Rarely a debut collection has caused such a trundle. Not bad from a musician.” – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

“However, it is rare in Finnish contemporary poetry that a poet can stop the reader in such subtle ways as Yrjänä does. When he succeeds, he is unconditionally one of the leaders of our poetry.” – Julkaisemattomia Literary blog on Arcana