Archive for February, 2011

Manolis will appear in the following literary events in March-April 2011:

March 30, Victoria BC
Poetry Readings
Featured Author: Manolis
Readings by: Ilya Tourtidis
7:00-9:00PM
At ‘The Well’, 821 Front Street, Victoria
More information on this event

April 3, White Rock BC
Launch of Manolis’s new poetry collection ‘Vernal Equinox’
Poetry Readings by Manolis
1:30-3:30PM
At White Rock Public Library

More information on this event

April 9, Surrey BC
Launch of Manolis’s ‘Vernal Equinox’ and Fauzia Rafique’s novel ‘Skeena’ (in Punjabi, Gurumukhi and Shahmukhi )
Poetry Readings by Manolis
Guest Speakers: Bhupinder Dhaliwal, Sadhu Binning, Ajmer Rode, Surjeet Kalsey.
2:00-4:00PM
At Surrey Public Library, Newton Branch, Surrey
More information on this event

April 10, Vancouver BC
An Afternoon of Poetry and Fiction
Launch of Manolis’s ‘Vernal Equinox’ and Fauzia Rafique’s novel ‘Skeena’ in English
Poetry Readings by Manolis
Guest Speakers: Anne Murphy, Anthony Dalton, Indira Prahst, Farah Shroff and Sunera Thobani
2:00-4:00PM
At Hellenic Community Centre, 4500 Arbutus, Vancouver
More information on this event

April 15, Qualicum Beach, BC
Poetry Reading by Manolis and Ilya Tourtidis
From ‘Yannis Ritsos – Poems’, ‘Vernal Equinox’, and ‘Bright Bardo’
2 to 3:30pm
Sandbar Cafe and Art Gallery
6087 West Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach

For more information, contact Manolis at infolibroslibertad@shaw.ca
.

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From Manolis’s ‘Vernal Equinox’

View ‘Winter Cafe’ in English

Steamed café windows
conceal disguised efforts

as old men surround
the burning brazier

recalling old stories
young men dream of

future girlfriends and
exploits in bushes or under

the watchful eye of moon
and a lone postman sighs

for the love letter
he never got

From Manolis’s ‘Vernal Equinox’

Read Winter Cafe by Manolis in Greek
.

vernal equinox

Lamppost

After leaving our marks
on the sole lamppost
we parted

she to the west
I to the east

with a promise
to meet again
by this lamppost
and trace our marks

though we never thought of the Sirens
the Cyclops and the angry Poseidon

though we never thought of the pricey
ferryman

 

Κολόνα

Αφού χαράξαμε τα αρχικά μας
στη μοναχική κολόνα
χωρίσαμε

εκείνη προς τα δυτικά
εγώ προς την ανατολή

με την υπόσχεση
να ξανασυναντηθούμε
κάτω απ’ τη κολόνα τούτη
ν’ αναζητήσουμε παλιά σημάδια

μα δεν σκεφτήκαμε τις Σειρήνες
τους Κύκλωπες και τον άγριο Ποσειδώνα

μα δεν σκεφτήκαμε τον πονηρό
βαρκάρη

 

After leaving our marks
on the sole lamppost
we parted

she to the west
I to the east

with a promise
to meet again
by this lamppost
and trace our marks

though we never thought of the Sirens
the Cyclops and the angry Poseidon

though we never thought of the pricey
ferryman
.

Read ‘Lamppost’ by Manolis in Greek