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The Scattered Papers of Penelope: New and Selected Poems, edited by Karen Van Dyck

The Scattered Papers of Penelope: New and Selected Poems, edited by Karen Van Dyck

By Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke

Anvil Press Poetry, 128pp, paperback, £ 9.95, ISBN: 978-0-85646-401-0
Series 3 No.12 - Freed Speech

Review by Paschalis Nikolaou

Godchild of none other than Nikos Kazantzakis, already an established poet in her early twenties and producing fourteen collections over the course of four decades, which saw her win most major poetry prizes in Greece, Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke has also been fortunate when it comes to translation. As Karen Van Dyck explains at one point in her engaging...

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