Neo-Hellene Poets-An Anthology of Modern Greek Poetry 1750-2018

 

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Poem by Katerina Anghelaki Rooke/Translated by Manolis Aligizakis

ΠΡΩΙΝΟ ΑΝΤΙΘΕΤΟ ΣΤΗ ΜΕΡΑ

Το πρόσωπο του πρωινού είχε μια έκφραση

έμπορα όταν δε διαθέτει το εμπόρευμα

που του ζητάς.

Και πώς να το `χει, πού να βρει

ελπίδα, φτερά για μια κίνηση ψηλά

τις αλοιφές της ηδονής

ένα σώμα θαυματουργό να σε κοιτά

πού να βρει την άλλη, τη γυαλιστερή όψη των πραγμάτων

πριν αρχίσει η δοκιμασία της επαλήθευσης

πριν αρχίσει ένα πρωινό

με μια μόνο ευχή:

τη διατήρηση μιας άνοστης υγείας

αφού τα φύλλα δε συγκινούν πια

όπως λικνίζονται στ’ αεράκι,

τα πύρινα δάκρυα του ήλιου που δύει

που πεθαίνει μαζί με τη μέρα

αδιάφορη σ’ αφήνουν

αφού κι η καινούρια να `ρθει μέρα

τίποτ’ απ’ αυτήν δεν περιμένεις.

Καλημέρα λοιπόν…με αποσιωπητικά.

 

 

MORNING OPPOSING THE DAY

 

 

The face of dawn has the expression

of a merchant who doesn’t have

the item you wish to buy

and how could it have it, how

could it possess hope, wings

for an upward movement

the ointments of lust

a miraculous body that looks at you

how to discover the other, the shining

side of things before

the effort of verification commences

before dawn begins

with just one wish:

the continuation of your tasteless health

since the leaves that sway

in the breeze don’t touch you

since the fiery tears of the sun

that goes down and dies with the day

leave you unimpressed

since you don’t expect anything

from the new day that arrives

 

therefore good morning…with  suspension points

 

 

Neo-Hellene Poets — an Anthology of Modern Greek Poetry, 1750-2018, Translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Libros Libertad, Vancouver, BC, Autumn 2018

 

 

 

A Summary and Analysis of James Joyce’s ‘An Encounter’

A commentary on one of Joyce’s Dubliners stories

‘An Encounter’ is one of the early stories in James Joyce’s Dubliners, the 1914 collection of short stories which is now regarded as one of the landmark texts of modernist literature. At the time, sales were poor, with just 379 copies being sold in the first year (famously, 120 of these were bought by Joyce himself). ‘An Encounter’ is not one of the best-known stories in the collection, but like many of the short stories that make up Dubliners the story shows Joyce addressing taboo issues, as well as the boredom and disappointment of everyday life, with consummate stylistic skill and attention to detail. You can read ‘An Encounter’ here.

‘An Encounter’, in summary, is narrated by a man who is recalling an episode from his childhood, and specifically his schooldays in Dublin. The boy recounts how one of his…

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