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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 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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