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Ο κήπος των ονείρων μου
Άννα Γάτσιου
Εκδόσεις “Ναυτίλος”
Μελβούρνη, 2012


Υλικό από την παρουσίαση της ποιητικής συλλογής της Άννας Γάτσιου “Ο Κήπος των ονείρων μου” που έγινε στη Μελβούρνη στις 23 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012.
Οι μαθήτριες που συντονίζουν το πρόγραμμα, Μαρία και Δήμητρα, είναι τρίτης γενεάς παιδιά Ελλήνων στην Αυστραλία και ευχόμαστε να έχουν βιο ανθόσπαρτο στην συγγένειά τους με την Ελληνική γλώσσα που προσπαθούν να μάθουν. Η καθηγήτριά τους Άντρια Γαριβάλδη τους έδωσε την ευκαιρία να συμμετέχουν εδώ.

This material is in the Greek language and it is from the book launch of the poetry collection by Anna Gatsios “The garden of my dreams” (translated from the Greek), on Sept 23rd, 2012. The two students organising the event are third generation children of parents from Greek origin in Australia. They are to be congratulated on their command of the Greek language. Their teacher Andrea Garivaldis has given them this opportunity to participate here.

Βίντεο παρουσίασης, Μέρος 1

Οι χαιρετισμοί των αντιπροσώπων των οργανισμών που συμμετείχαν στην εκδήλωση και συμπαραστάθηκαν στη Διασπορική Λογοτεχνική Στοά και στη συγγραφέα, Ελληνο-Αυστραλιανός Πολιτιστικός Σύνδεσμος, Σύνδεσμος Ελλήνων Λογοτεχνών και Συγγραφέων Αυστραλίας και Παναρκαδικός Σύλλογος “Ο Κολοκοτρώνης”


Ubermensch

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Poetry, EKSTASIS EDITIONS

UbermenschUbermensch, by Manolis Aligizakis is the most difficult and most philosophical poetry book I have come across. And rightfully so since it is identified with Nietzsche’s “Ubermensch” so much in the plot as much in the concepts. The poet “toys” with the various conventions as he firstly relates Ubermensch to true dimension given to him by the German philosopher and secondly to the misinterpretation given to the concept by the German ‘national-socialists’ with the horrible results that followed and affected the whole world.

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Ο τρόμος ως απλή μηχανή

Δήμητρα Χ. Χριστοδούλου
Ο τρόμος ως απλή μηχανή
Eκδόσεις Πατάκη, 2012
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Του Γιώργου Βέη

«Ένας άνθρωπος θα πάλευε όλη του τη ζωή για να μη συρθεί μες στις φλόγες. Αυτό δεν είναι επαγωγή. Είναι τρόμος. Δηλαδή, με άλλα λόγια, μέρος της ουσίας της πίστης». Λούντβιχ Βιττγκενστάιν*

Παραθέτω το χαρακτηριστικότερο ίσως ποίημα από το τελευταίο βιβλίο της Δήμητρας Χ. Χριστοδούλου με τίτλο «Η απλότητα του τρόμου»:

«Είναι απλό: Δεν σε πεθαίνει ο τρόμος. / Ο τρόμος μόνο σε ξεγεννάει. / Βγάζει το φίδι απ’ την κοιλιά σου. / Ο μαιευτήρας σού χαμογελά, / Που ζεις μια τέτοια αιθέρια νύχτα / Είναι απλό: Ο τρόμος δεν σε ταπεινώνει. / Σε αίρει στο ύψος των περιστάσεων. / Απλώς πατάς πάνω στον εαυτό σου. / Ο τρόμος δεν επείγεται. Σε περιμένει. /Μπορείς, σκεπτόμενος, να διαφύγεις./ Απλώς δεν μπορείς να σκεφτείς./ Στον τρόμο ένα κι ένα κάνουν δύο./ Απλώς δεν βρίσκεις το πρώτο και το δεύτερο: / Τη στιγμή αυτή ο ένας σε ψάχνει / Κι ο δεύτερος του φανερώνει τη θέση σου. / Ο τρόμος προνοεί. Είναι ψύχραιμος. / Εξάλλου ξέρετε κι οι δυο τι θα αξιώσει. / Πίνει ακόμη μια γουλιά απ’ τον καφέ του / Κι απλώς σηκώνει τα μάτια του πάνω σου. / Είναι απλό: Η φωνή του αέρα, / Οι ψίθυροι οι σοφοί των ερειπίων, / Το κουρέλι από την υγρασία που απομένει / Σε κάποια σκιερή γωνιά του πυρετού, / Όλα γλιστράνε μέσα στο φρεάτιο. /Ο ήλιος βάζει το δάχτυλό του στο τζάμι / Και κάνεις τη βουτιά. Αυτό ήταν. Θα δεις τώρα / Σε όλη την απλότητά του τον τρόμο».

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From Dusk to Dawn

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Poetry & Prose (Essay) by N.N. Trakakis – 2012

“FROM DUSK TO DAWN”
Poetry and essay collection by N.N. Trakakis, 2012 edition

At Diasporic Literature Spot, being a literary website, from time to time we receive books from established as well as aspiring writers. I would say that in most cases these books can be a hassle to read and an even bigger problem to write about. However there are those certain books, by certain emerging or inspiring and aspiring writers that we feel privileged to receive, to hold in our hand and to read deepest thoughts in creamy or white colour pages. These specific books are the reason why Diasporic Literature is in existence. Continue reading

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Opera Bufa

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By Manolis Aligizakis

Review by Amy Henry (website: www.theblacksheepdances.com)

Opera Bufa is the latest collection of poetry from the Greek poet Manolis. A departure from his more serious poetry of the past, this collection toys with the ideas of Albert Camus and his concept of absurdism.  The result is at times comic, poignant, and often striking in the truth revealed in illusions. Continue reading

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Saltwater in the Ink: Voices from the Australian Seas

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Prof. Loula S. Rodopoulos

Book review: Lucy Sussex, Saltwater in the Ink:
Voices from the Australian Seas
(Australian
Scholarly Publishing, 2010)

Lucy Sussex gives public voice to the private thoughts, experiences and observations of selected nineteenth-century seafarers to the Australian colony. These seafarers kept a record of their voyage either as letters to loved ones left behind in England or in journal entries. The white glossy cover of Saltwater in the Ink, composed of a chair covered in red patterned fabric, a red quill, a laced decorated fan, pewter cup and barrel, is aesthetically appealing and invites exploration. Each selection is uniquely titled to suggest a link with such artefacts, with an introduction and afterword that provide a context to the seafarer’s account. For example the Ritchie sisters are presented under the title ‘A Battered Pewter Cup’ and Mary Isabella Cameron under the title of ‘A Girl’s Golden Bracelet’.

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Yannis Ritsos Poems

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Selected Books
Translated by Manolis Aligizakis
Edited by Apryl Leaf
LibrosLibertad, Surrey BC

Review by Amy Henry (website: www.theblacksheepdances.com)

Amy Henry

A careful hand is needed to translate the poems of Yannis Ritsos, and Manolis is the ideal poet to undertake such an enormous task. Born in Crete, Manolis’s youth was intermingled with the poetry of Ritsos. Once a young man moved by the Theodorakis version of Epitaphios, he’s now a successful poet in his own right who is still moved to tears hearing the refrains of those notes from half a century ago. His Greek heritage, with its knowledge of the terrain, people, history and cultural themes, makes his translation all the more true to what Ritsos intended. Having visited the very places of which Ritsos wrote, he knows how the light and sea shift, and how Ritsos imagined those changes as being a temperament and personality of the Greece itself. Continue reading

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Hypatia’s Feud

Hypatia's Feud by Dr Nicholas Fourikis
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Nicholas Fourikis

The Ptolemies, like philosopher kings, endowed Alexandria, with the Royal Library and the Mouseion. They also supported gifted men and women bursting with curiosity and ambition to conduct research in the fields assigned to the nine Muses over three hundred years.

Ferdinand Gregorovius (1821–91) the renowned historian of that era documented the importance of the pioneering work undertaken in Alexandria.

“The Royal Library and Mouseion of Alexandria,” he wrote, “diffused a splendor over the civilized world which lasted longer than any other university, whetherParis, Bologna, or Padua. Long after the creative power of Greek genius was exhausted, encyclopedic knowledge and Greek sophistry were to be found in the Mouseion of Alexandria.”

The late Professor Carl Sagan (1943–96), was more specific.

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The curse of being a hero

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“74 υπό σκιάν[1]

“From Australia, the land down under, comes a fresh breeze of creativity and culture.” These are the words of an Athenian culture critic, Gerasimos Kazanas, President of the International Committee for Freedom. Mr. Kazanas, whose resume embraces a notable knowledge of the Cyprus problem, studied the book “74 ypo skian” (trans. 74 in the shade) and decided to expand on what it is that it represents[2].

Further into his review calling on the Muse of the “rebellious Cyprian soul” the writer uses for inspiration the visible and invisible side of the theatrical invasion (of Cyprus) by Attila.  The “rebellious soul” being that of the nameless volunteers for the “desperate defense of the immaculate Cypriot soil.”

“An anonymous simple man from mainland Greece, married to a Cypriot girl, who lives in Cyprus, is the central character. Upon his face concentrates the national upheaval and unity of Greeks when it comes to Cyprus… ‘74 ypo skian’ reminds us of Aristotle Valaoritis’ (1824-1879) epic lyric poetry but it is something completely different…”

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“The Mountains Couldn’t Walk Away”

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“The Mountains Couldn’t Walk Away” by Andrea Demetriou was recently launched at fortyfive downstairs by Tim Colebatch (Economics Editor, The Age), Christos Tsiolkas (Author, The Slap) Arnold Zable (Author, Jewels and Ashes)and Bill Papastergiadis president of the Greek community of Melbourne,  as part of the Antipodes Festival 2010. The  poetry collection reflects  nostalgia and its consequences for a world which was eclipsed by the Turkish invasion in Cyprus. It is illustrated  by colour photographs taken by the author and has been published by La Trobe University.  Over 170 people from diverse cultural backgrounds  attended the launch and warmly applauded  the speakers and the musical performance of the poet. Continue reading

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