At the entrance to the Cafe

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Translated from the Greek by Manolis Aligizakis

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[tab title=”English translation”] Sensuous, erotic, exact Cavafy does not so much tell a story as create an atmosphere, sweeping the reader away on a blue Aegean sea of longing. The endurance of his work is in his approach, embodying both the immediacy of the Hellenic past and the direct moment of an imagined erotic encounter.

AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE CAFE Something they said at the next table
directed my attention to the café door.
And I saw the beautiful body that looked
like Eros had made it out of his most exquisite experience—
shaping its symmetrical limbs joyfully;
raising its sculptured stature;


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over song silking through
maiden pubic hair
its lust searching for
tender vulva Whisper
over rhythmic resonance
its kiss of fingers
in their excitable hunt for
youthful consummation