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The dome of hope

A church bell from the distand past keeps sounding powerlessly in my ears The lonely church where the half-burnt candle pure and fragnant still stands by St Mamas' icon Read more Diasporic Literature »

21st March 2017 - World Day of Poetry

ShareDiasporic Literature is continuing the tradition of a special edition of its periodical for the World Day of Poetry on March 21, as declared by the United Nations. Η Diasporic Literature συνεχίζοντας μια πορεία άξιας αντιπροσώπευσης των ποιητών κατά την Παγκόσμια Ημέρα Ποίησης στις 21 Μαρτίου, όπως ανακοινώθηκε από τα Ηνωμένα Έθνη εκδίδει αυτή την ηλεκτρονική προσπάθεια πενήντα-οκτώ ποιητών. Ατόμων που δεν μπορούν να ζήσουν δίχως τη δημιουργία, που δεν μπορούν να δημιουργήσουν δίχως ποίηση. Read more Diasporic Literature »

Φολέγανδρος

Δεν θα το δουν τα μάτια μου εκείνο το νησί. Δεν πρόλαβα… Με πρόφτασε ο καιρός που χάλασε, μ΄ εμπόδισε η φουρτούνα που έπιασε. «Απαγορεύεται ο απόπλους». Κι αυτή η κακοκαιρία φαίνεται πως θα κρατάει για πάντα. Απαγορεύεται η Φολέγανδρος για μένα, ακόμα κι αν το επιτρέψει η μπουνάτσα να αμολήσουν τα καράβια. Read more Diasporic Literature »

Euphemisms of an old lady

The old lady had never learned anything else in her life except to drop blessings from her lips, as if the blessings sustained her. Her eyelash colour faded, her face was a mass of wrinkles. " Daughter, give me the votive candle so I may light it, and may you reign like a queen one day". On Sundays, in the courtyard under the vine, they'd turn on the radio. "Daughter, bring the radio, and may you pick up soil and have it turned to gold in your hands". Read more Diasporic Literature »

Oia, Santorini

That familiar, deep redness of the sunset: Is it the sunset or is it blood? A question posed by the sun, or a slaughter? Read more Diasporic Literature »

Two times Twenty

Not a deep feeling did we declare, nor did we live a great love affair. Wrong or right, we only shared a night. Read more Diasporic Literature »

The Bookshop on Saint Andrew’s Street

It’s no longer there… a “We’ve Moved” sign placed up high… some things can’t be moved immediately or afterwards such as the pages, folded at the edges, to be read less than to be recollected, such as the queue in front of the cash register such as the backbones of saints I search for the bookshop on Saint Andrew’s Street… terribly ill by its absence after all, this is where the hours passed their hours with me, and the hours search insistently for that which can’t be moved or migrated, which oppresses and suspends generations… Read more Diasporic Literature »

St. Panteleimon of Old

When you're out on your way to Mt Olympus, let the road trip be a long one full of wonder, full of autumn colors full of yellow-green trees and mountain plains. Read more Diasporic Literature »

Αμφιβολία - Doubt

Ο νέος που πρόσμενες να `ρθει δεν ήρθε μήτε απόψε. Μα τί θα του `λεγες; Γιατί; Άσε τα μάταιο να χαθή. The young man you expected hasn’t come tonight. What would you tell him? Why? Let the futile vanish cut the unfortunate sprout. Read more Diasporic Literature »

Holidays

My friend Rena called yesterday, She said,” It’s summer and I’m going away.” I asked, “Do you think that’s right. We won’t see each other for a fortnight?” She responded, “I’m going to Skopelos.” I queried, “Do you think that’s ophelos? There, there are thousands of trees But no breeze. Read more Diasporic Literature »

Melbourne winter

Spring sometimes visits us in Melbourne, in midwinter while pansies cannot tell the difference, so it seems; fountain waters flow unabated of rocky spills. Read more Diasporic Literature »

Godly Justice

Shadows in their solace can have a room a sofa, or nothing! Can have water a piece of bread or nothing! They hang their curiosity over balconies buildings or gorges! They are blasted by “friendly bombs”! Read more Diasporic Literature »

Three in one

You must never walk behind me, for I may not lead you the right way. Read more Diasporic Literature »

Το προσφυγόπουλο και η Μάσκα μου

Είμαι ηθοποιός, κατά βάθος πολιτικός, στο καμαρίνι λύνω σταυρόλεξο, ψάχνω πράσινα άλογα, χαζεύω στην τηλεόραση. Ένας σπουργίτης ραμφίζει το τζάμι μου να δω τις ειδήσεις: ένα παιδάκι ξαγρυπνά μπρος στα πτώματα των γονιών του, μετά το ανεβάζουν σε βάρκα, προσφυγόπουλο το βγάζει η θάλασσα στην άμμο για αιώνιο ύπνο, στην τσεπούλα του ένα τετράδιο όπου έγραψε: ‘Θα σας καταγγείλω όλους στον Θεούλη μου…’ Read more Diasporic Literature »

Antigone!

I first saw you, by the sea shore... Oh, Antigone! Your white robe, soiled made your face unbearably pale! There was a heavy earthy smell in the air, that of a burial site! Read more Diasporic Literature »

At the Metro Station

I clamber down the stairs to Argiroupole metro station, heading to work, in central Athens. She’s sitting in one of the benches there, dark-skinned, dark-haired, probably a Roma, in her twenties. A long, limp pony tail, a shabby, red T-shirt, a flared, flowery skirt, tattered flip-flops. An equally scruffy two or three-year-old boy is wringing out of her grasp. Read more Diasporic Literature »

On the Phone

‘I know you and dad wanted something else for me but- Yeah, a rich, pot-bellied prince. You think mine is a frog, eh? He loves me to bits, mum; he really cares, that’s what matters.’ Sonia punches the pen’s tip fast against the notepad on the coffee table, peppering the white sheet with inky dots. ‘We’ll find something to eat. He’ll get a job. Read more Diasporic Literature »

You Reap what you Sow

Tzoras jots down the date of the primary school students’ last excursion this year. A week before his son’s University entrance exams. He couldn’t possibly be absent from this critical moment in his son’s life. He unlocks the top desk drawer and takes out a deck of cards with famous actresses on he’d bought on an educational trip to Thessaloniki. He counts them. Fifty one. One’s missing. Fingers move deep into the drawer, through grade books and the register, under the desk pad. Nowhere. Read more Diasporic Literature »

Children

Give children as little as a smile and they will smile back at you. Give them your hand and they will stretch out to reach you. Read more Diasporic Literature »

An Awesome Ride

The bus is crammed; people jostle in the aisle, swinging hither and thither at the driver’s sudden brakes and swerves. A baby howls, an old lady flaps her fan against her flushed face. Then the bus stops. It takes a while. An armed soldier gets off to inspect the road. Pitch dark. A roar is heard, a gunshot. The second soldier follows suit. He never comes back. The passengers stare out the window and at each other alert. Somebody knocks on the front door. The driver opens and a man, face distorted, reddish saliva dripping down his bloodied teeth - a zombie - bursts in, lunges at whomever he comes across, bites them hard on the neck. Screams and moans fill the bus. The ones that have been bitten become infected and maul the ones sitting next to them until everyone, except for the driver, runs amok, becomes a zombie. Read more Diasporic Literature »

Oath / Όρκος

He stood at the edge of the old castle’s parapet below it the hungry abyss and even lower the gleaming sea ready to splash its first wave onto the yellow soft sandy beach when he raised his arm as if taking an oath as if promising to come back at another time when we’d need one to stand against the greed and gluttony of the few who comfortable and fat dwelled in their satiation. Read more Diasporic Literature »

My Greece

A piece of my life, in a tight embrace is my splendid land, my living place. A westerly wind makes my spirits rise for this earth, Athina’s paradise. The sparkling water and shadowy cave your mind and body will now enslave, your very soul will be captured too in the swirls of foam from a sea so blue. Read more Diasporic Literature »

Country stint

Come Up on a white multi-peaked mountain To search and find our warmest shelters Among the charred remains of January's winter Ensuring our tokens of slavery are not erased. Only but a few tracks stay out of our bustle city And on the snow that just fell Like a crafty veil, a tight fit Around our worn out shoes Prompting us to forget all past traditions And find some foreign thoughts That spread across a nature gone wild. Read more Diasporic Literature »

Kiki Dimoula/Κική Δημουλά

Draw two columns one for the day’s gains and one for its losses. The serious concepts your bright thoughts and readings your from one side to the other unsparing passages mark on the column of the gains. Read more Diasporic Literature »

Home

no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark you only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well your neighbours running faster than you breath bloody in their throats the boy you went to school with who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory is holding a gun bigger than his body you only leave home when home won’t let you stay. Read more Diasporic Literature »

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