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Black Light: Poems in memory of George Seferis
King of Hearts, Norwich (3rd edition) 1995, ISBN 0 9518657, pb 28pp, £ 4.95Series 3 No. 5 - Transgressions
Review by Paschalis Nikolaou
Also reviewed: Richard Burns, Mavro Fos: Poiimata eis mnimin Yiorgou Seferi, translated by Nasos Vayenas, Ilias Layios. Lalon Ydor series no. 3, Typothito, Athens 2005, ISBN 960-402-186-9, pb 68pp, € 6.73
'He was struck, as everyone is, by the light. Instead of being half absorbed into the object, as in England, in Greece the object seemed to give of...» Read review in full» More reviews in this issue
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Visit To A Senile Old Man
By Kostas Mavroudis
Translated by Thom Nairn & D. Zervanou
Dionysia Press, 2007 - 8, £6.50, 978-1-903171-22-6
First thoughts? Thematically very appropriate to use as epigraph two lines from "Voice" by Zbigniew Herbert, but disrespectful to misquote them so carelessly: there's a world of difference between "hiss" (sic) and "hum", "huge" (sic) and "immense". Thereafter, a prose monologue in seventeen short sections, a son's meditation on time, mutability and the prospect of his father's death, "the frozen breath of the transcendental" rooted firmly in the everyday of "dentures refracted in a glass of water", the pain of a fractured thigh, the many kindnesses which, as with a sick child, help make each day's slow passage more bearable.
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