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ROSA LUXEMBURG STIFTUNG, ATHENS, 2019

TRANSLATED BY Christiana Mygdali
EDITED BY Mania Meziti
EDITORIAL TEAM: Eirini Margariti, Fanis Papageorgiou

In a world that idolizes the unique and the individual, the coexistence of fifty poets in an anthology could be considered as a political act. An(other) anthology that attempts to chart the area of personal experience of people living and writing poetry in a crucial era. A bilingual anthology, that tries to describe personal experience through the power of verbal journeys, by imprinting aesthetical, stylistic and thematic tendencies – provided that they exist, seeking a community within speech, provided that it exists as well.

      written by  Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke

 

      In 1991, two books of poetry, by two major Greek poets, made their appearance on the Greek poetic scene: the posthumous work of Yiannis Ritsos, who died in 1990 at the age of 81, entitledLate, Very¨Late into the Night and a collection of 14 poems under the title:The Elegies of Oxopetra[1]by Odysseus Elytis (he died 3 years later). Elytis complained in one of his very rare interviews that his book was received as a kind of farewell: “You would think that they were already in mourning” he said; “They isolate one line (‘the truth is given only in exchange for death') and they conclude that with these poems I try to come to terms with my death, as if I hadn' t been dealing with death in all my poetry!”.

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