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Panther and Gazelle

By Paula Ludwig

Translated by Martina Thomson

Hearing Eye, 2012
2013 Number 2 - Between Clay and Star

Review by Jen Calleja

My office phone has the name ‘ Goll ’ next to a red light that is sometimes on and sometimes off. When I noticed this name with its urgent red light for the first time a couple of weeks ago I daydreamed that Yvan Goll was on the line wanting to tell me the secrets of his affair with Paula Ludwig. Panther and Gazelle, translations of a selection of poems... » Read review in full» More reviews in this issue

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By Zefi Daraki

Translated by Thomas Nairn and D Zervanou

Dionysia press, ISBN 9781903171439

Zefi Daraki’s powerfully visual collection evokes feelings of sorrow and isolation. The images are startlingly original and often exotic, creating a beautifully fractured world emphasised by the absence of punctuation. The title-less poems have the effect of a stream of consciousness, where the reader is immersed in the poet’s dream-like world of pain and surrender. Love is characterised as a redeeming but illusive presence; its “dark joy” resonant in every poem. I was struck by the conviction in her word choices, which entrusted the reader to bear witness to her images being “tangled firmly in ancient sorrows.” Stark and challenging.

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