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May you always seek the unbound—I said
bitter-sweet pinch of nettles
the untold may you always eulogize
like a sob in your most profound silence
may you always bless the unachievable
like an uncontested summer dream

May you always yearn for the sunlit—I said
in the darkest night of your soul
the bitter-sweet wine of nostalgia
when your single tear drips before
the smiling child who’s life
has yet to be taught of fear

She tossed her hair back
and touching my lips whispered: you too

when we met again

Manolis Aligizakis

Aligizakis Manolis

By Aligizakis Manolis

Manolis (Emmanuel Aligizakis) is a Greek-Canadian poet and author. He was recently appointed an honorary instructor and fellow of the International Arts Academy, and awarded a Master’s for the Arts in Literature. He is recognized for his ability to convey images and thoughts in a rich and evocative way that tugs at something deep within the reader. Born in the village of Kolibari on the island of Crete in 1947, he moved with his family at a young age to Thessaloniki and then to Athens, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences from the Panteion University of Athens. After graduation, he served in the armed forces for two years and emigrated to Vancouver in 1973, where he worked as an iron worker, train labourer, taxi driver, and stock broker, and studied English Literature at Simon Fraser University. He has written three novels and numerous collections of poetry, which are steadily being released as published works. His articles, poems and short stories in both Greek and English have appeared in various magazines and newspapers in Canada, United States, Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Australia, and Greece. He now lives in White Rock, where he spends his time writing, gardening, traveling, and heading Libros Libertad, an unorthodox and independent publishing company which he founded in 2006 with the mission of publishing literary books. Distinguished Awards

  • 1st International Poetry Prize for his translation of “George Seferis-Collected Poems”, 2013
  • Master of the Arts in Literature, International Arts Academy, 2013
  • 1st Prize for poetry, 7th Volos poetry Competition, 2012
  • Honorary instructor and fellow, International Arts Academy, 2012
  • 2nd Prize for short story, Interartia festival, 2012
  • 2nd Prize for Poetry, Interartia Festival, 2012
  • 2nd Prize for poetry, Interartia Festival, 2011
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Books by Manolis

Ubermensch/Υπεράνθρωπος, poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2013

Mythography, paintings and poetry, Libros Libertad, 2012

Nostos and Algos, poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2012

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The Circle, novel, Libros Libertad, 2011

Vernal Equinox, poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2011

Opera Bufa, poetry, Libros Libertad, 2010

Vespers, poetry by Manolis paintings by Ken Kirkby, Libros Libertad, 2010

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Rendition, poetry, Libros Libertad, 2009 Impulses, poetry, Libros Libertad, 2009 Troglodytes, poetry, Libros Libertad, 2008

Petros Spathis, novel, Libros Libertad, 2008

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Footprints in Sandstone, poetry, Authorhouse, Bloomington, Indiana, 2006

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Cavafy-Selected Poems, Ekstasis Editions, 2011



Books in other languages

Nostos si Algos, (Romanian) poetry, DELLART, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2013

Tolmires Anatasis, (Greek) poetry, GAVRIILIDIS EDITIONS, Athens, Greece, 2013

Filloroes, (Greek ) poetry, ENEKEN PUBLICATIONS, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2013

Earini Isimeria, (Greek) poetry, ENEKEN PUBLICATIONS, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2011

Stratis o Roukounas, (Greek) novel, MAVRIDIS EDITIONS, Athens, Greece, 1981

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Canadian Fiction Magazine—Victoria, BC

Pacific Rim Review of Books—Victoria, BC

Canadian Poetry Review—Victoria, BC

Monday Poem, Leaf Press-Lantzville, BC

The Broadkill Review, Milton, Delaware

Ekeken, Thessaloniki, Greece

Envolimon, Beotia, Greece

Annual Literary Review, Athens, Greece

Stigmes, Crete, Greece

Apodimi Krites, Crete, Greece

Patris, Crete, Greece

Nyxta-Mera, Chania, Greece

Wallflowers, Thessaloniki, Greece

Diasporic Literature Spot, Melbourne, Australia

Black Sheep Dances, California, USA

Diasporic Literature Magazine, Melbourne, Australia

Spotlight on the Arts, Surrey, BC

Barnwood, International Poetry Magazine, Seattle, USA

Unrorean, University of Maine, Farmington, Maine, USA

Vakhikon, Athens, Greece

Paremvasi, Kozani, Greece

Szoros Ko, Bratislava, Slovakia

Mediterranean Poetry, Sweden

Apostaktirio, Athens, Greece

Life and Art, Athens, Greece

Logos and Images, Athens, Greece

Contemporary Writers and Thinkers, Athens, Greece

Palinodiae, Athens, Greece

Royal City Poet’s Anthology, 2013, New Westminster, BC, Canada

To parathyro, Paris, France


  1. Dear Manoli,
    Even though I can’t say that I am really fond of rythmless and rhymeless poems,I like the free verses of yours very much, because they conjure up very attractive images and descriptive scenes, on which you choose to lean your personal sentiments. (This how I transate your poetical necessity).
    And one more live example is the above “blessing”.
    The tossing of “her” hair, before she whispered such a simple answer to “his”… wishes, is so vivid, that I almost saw the picture happening in front of my eyes and felt some kind of sweet bitterness for it not happening, to me, in reality. (And a… relief, at the same time).
    And this brings to my mind the words of the poet Derek Wallkot (Nobel 1999), that “…novel writers aren’t but disappointed poets”
    You have our “blessing” for sharing your work with us, through Diasporic Literature Spot- where we’re sending our blessing too…
    Aris Adanis

    1. Dear Ari,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m glad you like my work. I truly enjoy seeing that you find some meaning in it, and that it also generates a positive emotional reaction, that means it touches you and this is the poet’s best reward.
      I agree with Derek Wallkot, I personally met him almost a year ago, when he was in Victoria for a singing-reading event and had a short conversation with him. What a man, truly sometimes one gets that special “awe’ when before such people.
      I hope my humble posts in Diasporic continue to impress you and hope to talk to you again, soon.


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