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Black Light: Poems in memory of George Seferis

Black Light: Poems in memory of George Seferis

By Richard Berengarten (Burns)

King of Hearts, Norwich (3rd edition) 1995, ISBN 0 9518657, pb 28pp, £ 4.95
Series 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...

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By Mohan Rana

Translated by Bernard O'Donoghue and Lucy Rosenstein

The Poetry Translation Centre, 2011, 978-0-9560576-5-5, £4.00

Even in a camper van with five hungry adults, a two year old toddler, and a whole cassette of kids' songs, reading these poems gives you an immense sense of peace. Between all the questions ('Does the light see the dark?') and the sublimely expressed longings ('I want, suddenly to see your face/then to be surprised'), there is the surprise of imagery - an immense satisfaction of seeing for the first time ('we stopped to watch the light being dusted from the sky'). The collection's simple name is deceiving. The poet interrogates himself, the limits of language, and our existence, gentle but persistent ('and I want us to be a tall tower/to see round the horizon/whose hand it was that dimmed the light'). The surprise of a two year old, the wisdom of great writing.

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