ILLEGALITIES, BY KIKI DIMOULA–translated by Manolis Aligizakis

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ILLEGALITIES

Illegitimately
I expand and experience
on plains existing
that the others don’t accept

there I stop and present
my persecuted world
there I recreate it
with small insubordinate tools
there I devote it
to a sun
shapeless, lightless
motionless
my personal sun

there I occur

however at sometime
this ends and
I contract and
I violently return
(to calm down)
to the known and acceptable
plain of
the earthly bitterness and

I’m proved to be wrong

~ Kiki Dimoula, from the book “By Default”, Ikaros, Athens, Greece, 1958
~ Poem translated by Manolis Aligizakis

ΠΑΡΑΝΟΜΙΕΣ

Επεκτείνομαι και βιώνω
παράνομα
σε περιοχές που σαν υπαρκτές
δεν παραδέχονται οι άλλοι.
Εκεί σταματώ και εκθέτω
τον καταδιωγμένο κόσμο μου,
εκεί τον αναπαράγω
με πικρά κι απειθάρχητα μέσα,
εκεί τον αναθέτω
σ’ έναν ήλιο
χωρίς σχήμα, χωρίς φως,
αμετακίνητο,
προσωπικό μου.
Εκεί συμβαίνω.
Κάποτε, όμως,
παύει αυτό.
Και συστέλλομαι,
κι επανέρχομαι βίαια
(προς καθησυχασμόν)
στη νόμιμη και παραδεκτή
περιοχή,
στην εγκόσμια πίκρα.
Και διαψεύδομαι.

~ Από τη συλλογή Ερήμην (1958) της Κικής Δημουλά, Ίκαρος, Αθήνα, 1958
~ Source of the Greek version of the poem: http://www.greek-translation-wings.blogspot.gr

BIOGRAPHY

Kiki Dimoula (Greek: Κική Δημουλά; 19 June 1931, Athens) is a Greek poet.
Dimoula’s work is haunted by the existential dissolution of the post-war era. Her central themes are hopelessness, insecurity, absence and oblivion. Using diverse subjects (from a “Marlboro boy” to mobile phones) and twisting grammar in unconventional ways, she accentuates the power of the words through astonishment and surprise, but always manages to retain a sense of hope.
Her poetry has been translated into English, French, German, Swedish, Danish, Spanish, Italian and many other languages. In 2014, the eleventh issue of Tinpahar published ‘Kiki Dimoula in Translation’, which featured three English translations of her better known works.
Dimoula has been awarded the Greek State Prize twice (1971, 1988), as well as the Kostas and Eleni Ouranis Prize (1994) and the Αριστείο Γραμμάτων of the Academy of Athens (2001). She was awarded the European Prize for Literature for 2009. Since 2002, Dimoula is a member of the Academy of Athens
Dimoula worked as a clerk for the Bank of Greece. She was married to the poet Athos Dimoulas (1921–1985), with whom she had two children.

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