Ihalainen has written 33 books of poetry, mostly in Finnish, but also in English, Danish and Swedish, since 1978. He has written 10 books (f.ex.) about Mongolia, History of Wends, Arthur Rimbaud, Primitive money, Dwellings of Nomads and Eurasian Ethnopoetics. He translated 10 books of poetry: Paul Bowles, Gary Snyder, Jerome Rothenberg, Patti Smith, Diane di Prima, John Cage and Ethnopoetics. He has own printinghouse and Publishing House Palladium Kirjat in Siuro, Finland. He was awarded with the Eino Leino Prize in 2010 (Finland).