Four Poems on Poetry



Is there such a word or isn’t it
I will write it anyway
whether there is such a word
I will write it.
I have no choice.



Don’t you tell me it was unnecessary
the fifth, the tenth, the twentieth perusal.
Did you forget that comma
which you added on the third verse,
did you forget the position exchange of two words
on the sixth verse?



It’s so difficult to determine
if it fills or empties us.


How sweet the sentence
how sweet the life sentence, your life sentence!


Four poems by Kostas Montis about poetry
Translated from the Greek by Iakovos Garivaldis
Aug 2011

Iakovos Garivaldis

By Iakovos Garivaldis

Iakovos Garivaldis (founder of Diasporic Literature Spot) was born in Thessaloniki Greece, and arrived in Australia as a migrant. He has studied Computer Science and is a Certified IBM U2 Developer / Administrator.He writes poetry (in both Greek and English) and in Australia was president of Hellenic Writer's Association of Australia between 1993 and 2004.Published six books, as he founded the first bi-lingual literary website in 1997, organised the first book exhibition of the works of Greek-Australian writers, organised the first photographic exhibition of Greek-Australian writer portraits and was the first to research literature on the internet in the Diaspora. Γεννήθηκε στη Θεσσαλονίκη, έφτασε στην Αυστραλία το 1970 και υπηρέτησε σε πολλούς παροικιακούς οργανισμούς. Γράφει λογοτεχνία στην Ελληνική και Αγγλική από παιδική ηλικία.

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