A tribute to Costas Montis

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Kostas Montis, the man and his poetry that touched my life like no other, the undercelebrated and overshadowed poet of the 20th century is hereby offered a minor compensation by Diasporic. So minor that his remembrance should really never mention it. For his memory should remain pure like the words in his verse, unbiased like his thought, benevolent like his love for virtue.

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Yannis Ritsos Poems

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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.

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