Archive for 11/03/2011

In the process of writing ‘Roots’ for his collaborative work Vespers with BC Artist Ken Kirby, Manolis describes Vespers as a ‘a book of such elegance and grace, a book of such warmth and endless light, merging into a delightful balance of both art forms, intermingling in an almost liturgical celebration of the cosmos with all its greatness in its mega or its micro expression.

Now, Manolis shares his attempt to capture the vastness so dominant in Kirby’s painting of the inukshuk, through his poem ‘Roots’.

The poem ‘Roots’
‘My effort was to grasp endlessness, expressed by the Inukshuk’s open arms, and bring it forth, close by, before the observer-reader. To do so I had to find its staticity, or to use a different word, to find a base, a foundation for the image; henceforth the title ‘Roots’.

As a result the symbol, Inukshuk, turns into a liaison between the animal and human life of the tundra under the luminosity of the sky that transforms every gross human instinct into a diaphanous manifestation through the power of the symbol that unifies the sometimes opposite forces under a common denomination: purity!’

~ Manolis

View this set, an ode to inukshuk, by Kirby and Manolis:


Spreading east and south
roots attach to sphagnum
softening rock above the permafrost

arms stretched open by
endless benevolence arresting
love in an embrace of absent

sunlight, luminous Borealis
painting sky lobes and heart
leaves with velvet infinite

crescendos of celestial music
played by ephemeral instruments
dressed in limpidity as if

declaring purity is as
plain to the eye as in every
peaceful mind of man or beast

From VESPERS by Manolis and Ken Kirby, Libros Libertad, 2010