New ways of Living


N.N. Trakakis

The whole art of Kafka consists
in forcing the reader to reread.
- Albert Camus

I’ve had to learn a new language
to write you this
and you’ve had to learn a further language still
to read it.
There are those, I’ve heard, who can read
the weather patterns
the configurations of stars
dreams, minds and even hearts,
theirs and others.
By these standards alone
you and I rightly pass for poor illiterate fools
only able to read
the words to the left
__________not even these
the words left out.

N.N. Trakakis
“From Dusk to Dawn” – 2012

N.Ν. Trakakis

About N.Ν. Trakakis

Nektarios Nikolaos (‘Nick’) Trakakis was born in 1972 in Melbourne from Cretan parents. He studied philosophy and theology at undergraduate level, and was awarded his PhD in philosophy from Monash University in 2005. He has taught Philosophy at Monash and Deakin Universities, and he is currently a Research Fellow in Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University. He has published two books and many journal articles on philosophical and theological themes. He has also published the following collections of poetry and prose: Tears (2005), Silent Transfigurations (2006), Via Dolorosa (2008), and Clearings (2011).
Australia, English, Literature, Poetry, Permalink

4 Responses to New ways of Living

  1. Manolis Aligizakis says:

    Beautiful Poem. Congrats!

  2. Morgan Gabrielle Gabrielle Morgan says:

    Nick, I like this poem very much. It made me think. Good work, many thanks

  3. Frederika Apokidou Frederika says:

    Interesting observation, Nick.
    “I’ve had to learn a new language” reminds me of my children who had to start from scratch to learn the language of this country, when we first came to Australia.

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