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ΑΠΟΣΤΑΣΗ

 

Ίσως να ταξιδεύουν, ίσως να πέθαναν. Κάτω απ’ το κρεβάτι

σκεβρώνουν τα παπούτσια τους, ή, κάποτε, τ’ ακούς τη νύχτα

να περπατάνε μόνα σ’ ένα χώρο κοίλο, σκοντάφτοντας

πάνω σε ξεραμένους σπόρους από πορτοκάλια ή πάνω

σε διαμελισμένες κούκλες άγριων αγοριών που τώρα

υπηρετούν στρατιώτες. Κάτω απ’ τις αρβύλες τους μένουν κολλημένες

τσουκνίδες και λάσπες. Τις νύχτες, μ’ ελάχιστο φεγγάρι, στο φυλάκιο

σιγοσφυρίζουν φάλτσα το τραγούδι εκείνων που έφυγαν. Εκεί

μαζεύονται τα λαχτισμένα σκυλιά, πέντε μέτρα πιο πέρα

και με σκυφτό το κεφάλι τους κοιτούν κλεφτά που κατουράνε.

 

 

 

DISTANCE

 

Perhaps they travel, perhaps they have died. Their shoes

warp under the bed or sometime during the night

you hear them walking alone in a contour space,

stumbling on dried up orange seeds or on

dismembered dolls of wild boys, who now

serve in the army. Under their boots nettles and

mud remain glued. At night, with a faint moon at the guard post

they whistle in a low tone the discordant songs of those who left.

The kicked dogs gather there, five meters further

and with bowed heads, gaze them urinating in haste.

 

 

Γιάννη Ρίτσου-Ποιήματα/Μετάφραση Μανώλη Αλυγιζάκη

Yannis Ritsos-Poems/Translated by Manolis Aligizakis

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www.manolisaligizakis.com

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Η ΔΥΣΚΟΛΗ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ (ΜΙΛΤΟΥ ΣΑΧΤΟΥΡΗ)

 
Απ’ το πρωί κοιτάζω προς τ’ απάνω ένα πουλί καλύτερο
απ’ το πρωί χαίρομαι ένα φίδι τυλιγμένο στο λαιμό μου

Σπασμένα φλυτζάνια στα χαλιά
πορφυρά λουλούδια τα μάγουλα της μάντισσας
όταν ανασηκώνει της μοίρας το φουστάνι
κάτι θα φυτρώσει απ’ αυτή τη χαρά
ένα νέο δέντρο χωρίς ανθούς
ή ένα αγνό νέο βλέφαρο
ή ένας λατρεμένος λόγος
που να μη φίλησε στο στόμα τη λησμονιά

Έξω αλαλάζουν οι καμπάνες
έξω με περιμένουν αφάνταστοι φίλοι
σηκώσανε ψηλά στριφογυρίζουνε μια χαραυγή
τι κούραση τι κούραση
κίτρινο φόρεμα -κεντημένος ένας αετός-
πράσινος παπαγάλος -κλείνω τα μάτια- κράζει
πάντα πάντα πάντα
η ορχήστρα παίζει κίβδηλους σκοπούς
τι μάτια παθιασμένα τι γυναίκες
τι έρωτες τι φωνές τι έρωτες
φίλε αγάπη αίμα φίλε
φίλε δωσ’ μου το χέρι σου τι κρύο

Ήτανε παγωνιά
δεν ξέρω πια την ώρα που πέθαναν όλοι
κι έμεινα μ’ έναν ακρωτηριασμένο φίλο
και μ’ ένα ματωμένο κλαδάκι συντροφιά

 

 

DIFFICULT SUNDAY by MILTOS SACHTOURIS

 

I’ve been looking up at a better bird since morning

I’ve been better enjoying a snake wrapped around my neck since morning

 

broken cups on the carpet

purple flowers on the cheeks of the seer

when she lifts the skirt of Fate

something will sprout out of this joy

a new tree without blossoms

or a pure young eyelid

or a beloved word

that wouldn’t kiss the lips of forgetfulness

 

bells chime out there

my imaginary friends wait for me out there

they’re lifting and circling around a dawn

what tediousness, what tediousness

yellow dress — the embroidered eagle —

the green parrot — I close my eyes — it caws

always always always

the orchestra plays cheap tunes

what passionate eyes, what women

what loves, what cries, what loves

love my friend, blood my friend

give me your hand, my friend, such cold

 

it was freezing

I no longer know the time they all died

and I remained with my amputee friend

and with the bloodied twig as a companion

 

ANTHOLOGY OF NEOHELLENIC POETRY, translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, BC, Autumn 2017

 

Ἐπιτύμβιον

Πέθανες- κι ἔγινες καὶ σύ: ὁ καλός,
Ὁ λαμπρὸς ἄνθρωπος, ὁ οἰκογενειάρχης, ὁ πατριώτης.
Τριάντα ἕξη στέφανα σὲ συνοδέψανε, τρεῖς λόγοι ἀντιπροέδρων,
Ἑφτὰ ψηφίσματα γιὰ τὶς ὑπέροχες ὑπηρεσίες ποὺ προσέφερες.

Ἄ, ρὲ Λαυρέντη, ἐγὼ ποὺ μόνο τὄξερα τί κάθαρμα ἤσουν,
Τί κάλπικος παρᾶς, μιὰ ὁλόκληρη ζωὴ μέσα στὸ ψέμα
Κοιμοῦ ἐν εἰρήνῃ, δὲν θὰ ῾ρθῶ τὴν ἡσυχία σου νὰ ταράξω.

(Ἐγώ, μιὰ ὁλόκληρη ζωὴ μὲς στὴ σιωπὴ θὰ τὴν ἐξαγοράσω
Πολὺ ἀκριβὰ κι ὄχι μὲ τίμημα τὸ θλιβερό σου τὸ σαρκίο.)

Κοιμοῦ ἐν εἰρήνῃ. Ὡς ἤσουν πάντα στὴ ζωή: ὁ καλός,
Ὁ λαμπρὸς ἄνθρωπος, ὁ οἰκογενειάρχης, ὁ πατριώτης.

Δὲ θά ῾σαι ὁ πρῶτος οὔτε δὰ κι ὁ τελευταῖος

TOMBSTONE ENGRAVING

You also died and you became the special

good family man, the patriot

thirty six wreaths accompanied you

three funereal speeches by vice presidents

seven votes in favor of what you offered

 

ah, Lavrentis, only I knew what a bastard you were

what a sold out asshole, you lived a life time of lies

sleep in peace I won’t come to disturb your serenity

 

(I will exchange my whole life with priceless silence

and not with a reward your sorrowful corpse)

 

Sleep in peace as you were in life: the special

good family man, the patriot.

 

You’ll neither be the first nor the last one.

 

NEOHELLENIC POETRY-AN ANTHOLOGY, translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Ekstasis Editions, autumn, 2017

 

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ΑΠΟΧΑΙΡΕΤΙΣΜΟΣ

 

Τον συναντούσα συνήθως στη σκάλα, καμιά φορά ερχόταν στην

κάμαρά μου και μάζευε τις σκόρπιες καρφίτσες απ’ το πάτωμα, “θα

τις πάω στη Μαρία” έλεγε και σα να ντρεπόταν που η Μαρία είχε

πεθάνει — ύστερα όλα άλλαξαν, το σπίτι σκοτείνιασε, μόλις μπο-

ρούσες να ξεχωρίσεις τ’ αλλοτινά σημάδια, στο δρόμο έφεγγε ένα

κηροπήγιο σα να `ταν κάτι, λέει, κάτω απ’ το χώμα που δεν έπρε-

πε να το ξεχάσουμε, “κι εσύ γιατί σ’ αρέσει να σέρνεσαι σαν το

σκουλήκι” μου λέει, “Κύριε, θέλω να προλάβω” του λέω κι όταν

ακούστηκε το τραίνο που σφύριζε για δεύτερη φορά, «εδώ τελειώ-

νουν τα όνειρα» είπε κι έβρεχε, έβρεχε ασταμάτητα πάνω σ’ όλον

το μάταιο κόσμο.

 

 

 

GOODBYE

 

I would usually meet him by the stairs at times he would come to

my room to pick the thrown pins from the floor, “I’ll give them

to Maria” he would say as if embarrassed that Maria had died —

then everything changed, the house got dark, you could hardly

discern the old wounds; in the street a candle was lit as if

they said, there was something under the soil we shouldn’t forget

“and you, why you like to crawl like a worm?” He said to me “Sir

I try to make it on time” I said to him and when the train was heard

whistling for the second time, “here end the dreams” he said and

it rained an unrelenting rain over the whole futile world.

 

 

 

TASOS LIVADITIS-SELECTED POEMS, translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Libros Libertad, Vancouver, 2014

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www.manolisaligizakis.com

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THE SECOND ADVENT OF ZEUS REVIEW

By João da Penha

 

 

POET, OF FACT.

 

 

Singing, everyone sings, but singers only about ten or twelve.

 

The boutade, they say, is by Frank Sinatra, whose remarkable vocal skills – it seems to me – have not been contested to this day.

To paraphrase the song of the great American singer, it can be said that there are not so many poets like this in the world – here and elsewhere, yesterday and today. I suspect that there will never be many poets, or at least many great poets. At least, I am convinced, not as many as the growing number of edited collections suggest, by marketing strategy arts, just under hyperbolic titles.

Many poetic exercise exercises it, or imagine exercising it. But to make great poetry is grace granted to a minority; to a caste of elect, therefore.

Schiller, by the way, has already warned that it is not enough to create good verses so that its author considers himself a poet. Now, to do verses, almost everyone, at some point in life, has already done. To make POETRY, however, is the road traveled by the minority referred to above. Only she, this chosen caste, has the map of the trail. Whoever holds it, who knows how to read it, interprets its coordinates, leads the others, that is, all of us, who have formed this majority, as creators, of the poetic territory, only by traveling, if sensitive to the Muses, as travelers. For the senseless, the tour of this territory will be nothing more than mere tourism.

Eric Ponty has the map of the trail. He is an authentic poet. Maturity is everything, the supreme bard in the “King Lear” told us. Poet, owner of his craft, poet who reached the full domain of poetic making.

His poetic virtuosity, Ponty has already shown and demonstrated in the magnificent “Retirement Boy Goes to the Circus in Brodowski” (Musa Publishing House, São Paulo, 2003.) In this book with its translation, our poet only makes it reaffirmed. For example when translating this stanza of Manolis’ poem Apollo, which reminds us of Paul Valéry’s Socratic prose in Eupalinos Lame et la Danse Dialogue De L arbre:

 

APOLLO

 

And I grew under Apollo’s sun

 

minutes of expressiveness

alone in darkness and

before I opened my eyes

I was accompanied

by the law of failure

born blind and

accused of heresy

a revolution in its making

even before I could utter

a groan or a begging cry

 

I gathered all my strength

to pick a date with death

hours before I appeared

in my mother’s arms

newborn festivity

error permitted

two legs just to walk

a heart as if

to feel emotion and

other human traces

of grandeur

 

 

 

APOLO

 

E eu cresci sob o sol de Apolo

 

Minutos de expressividade

Sozinho nas trevas e

Antes de abrir os meus olhos

Eu estava acompanhado

Pela lei da bobagem

 

Nasceu cega e

Acusada de heresia

Uma conflagração na sua fazendo

Mesmo antes que eu pudesse articular

Um suspiro ou um grito a mendigar

 

Eu ajuntei toda minha força

A seleção de uma data com a morte

Horas antes eu semelhava

Nos meus braços da minha mãe

Festa de um recém-nascido

Erro admitido

As duas pernas apenas a pé

Um coração como se

Sentisse à emoção e

Outros traços humanos

Da grandeza

 

This defense can be translated as the recognition that poets inhabit a province where logic does not bow down to the principles that govern the empirical world (nothing is more real than nothing, pre-Socratic Democritus preached). Poets know that. That’s why your particular logic. Particular, but not arbitrary. Particular because only they have the “kingdom key”.

Croce and Vossler, the memory comes to me now, they polemicized around the phrase: “The round table is square”. For the Italian thinker, the phrase would sum up to a total absence of meaning, illogical, while the German critic saw it as true, aesthetically and grammatically valid, caring little that logically impossible. Vossler, like so many others, before and after him, realized that the poet is the one who creates realities. Poets are creators of worlds. Therefore, in the poems translated by Eric Ponty, a musician, as well as a poet, he follows the Wagnerian advice that the poet does nothing but stimulate the understanding, leading the reader to make new combinations on the subject already known by means of sensory perception.

If, as Ponty tells us in one of the translated poems, “In My Mother’s Arms /newborn festivity / error permitted / two legs just to walk” it is equally true that we should listen to what poets have to say (few decipher the world better than poets, neighbors to philosophers). Eric Ponty, at the height of his creative force, has much to tell us through these translations as he did with Manolis-a Canadian Greek poet who’s credit is The Second Advent of Zeus a masterful piece.

 

“…for his sustained reflection, for a lyrical voice, and an invitation to see life not as a barren subject, but as a complex dynamic that has its own extraordinary design and imago of truth” as Ilya Tourtidis tells us, it is urgent that we listen to Manolis’ voice through the translation of the poet-translator Ponty, one of the most talented of his time.

 

 

 

João da Penha, a journalist and retired professor, collaborated in cultural publications such as Encounters with Brazilian Civilization, Cult and Tempo Brasileiro. Author, among other books, of What Is Existentialism (Brasiliense, 2011, 17. ed.) And Philosophical Periods (Ática 2000, 4. ed.), Translated for magazines and newspapers poems by Russians Sierguêi Iessiênin and Alieksandr Blok, and short stories By José María Argüedas, Júlio Cortázar and Gabriel García Márquez, published in The first short stories of ten masters of Latin American narrative (Paz e Terra, 1978). How to read Wittgenstein. São Paulo: Paulus, 2013.

 

 

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ΣΑΝΤΟΡΙΝΗ  (απόσπασμα)

 

 

Σκύψε αν μπορείςστη θάλασσα τη σκοτεινή ξεχνώντας

τον ήχο της φλογέρας πάνω σε πόδια γυμνά

που πάτησαν τον ύπνο σου στην άλλη ζωή τη βυθισμένη

 

Γράψε αν μπορείς στο τελευταίο όστρακο

τη μέρα τ’ όνομα τον τόπο

και ρίξε το στη θάλασσα για να βουλιάξει

 

Βρεθήκαμε γυμνοί πάνω στην αλαφρόπετρα

κοιτάζοντας τ’αναδυόμενα νησιά

κοιτάζοντας τα κόκκινα νησιά να βυθίζουν

στον ύπνο τους, στον ύπνο μας.

Εδώ βρεθήκαμε γυμνοί κρατώντας

τη ζυγαριά που βάρενε κατά το μέρος

της αδικίας

 

 

SANTORINI (excerpt)

 

 

Bend if you can to the dark sea forgetting

the flute’s sound on naked feet

that stepped on your sleep in the other, the sunken life.

 

Write if you can on your last ostracon

the day the name the place

and throw it in the sea so that is sinks.

 

We were naked on the pumice stone

watching the rising islands

watching the red islands sink

into their sleep into our sleep.

Here we were naked holding

the scale that tilted to the side

of injustice.

 

 

 

GEORGE SEFERIS-COLLECTED POEMS, translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Libros Libertad, Vancouver, 2012

 

 

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ΤΕΡΨΕΙΣ ΤΟΥ ΑΠΟΓΕΥΜΑΤΟΣ

Ή μάλλον για να `μαι πιο συγκεκριμένος όλα ξεκίνησαν απ’
αυτό το ρολόι, ένα ρολόϊ ηλίθιο και φαλακρό, εγώ τί έφταιξα —
απλώς καθόμουν τ’ απογεύματα ήσυχος στον καναπέ κι έτρωγα
τις θείες μου σε νεαρή ηλικία, αλλά μιά μιά, για να μη φανεί απότομα
η γύμνια του τοίχου ή μια φορά στο δρόμο έφτυσα αίμα, τόσο η
πόλη ήταν ακαλαίσθητη
και μόνον η έλλειψη κάθε ενδιαφέροντος για τους άλλους είναι
που έδωσε στη ζωή μας αυτό το ατέλειωτο βάθος

 

AFTERNOON DELIGHTS

Or perhaps to be more accurate it all started by
this clock a stupid bald headed clock, it wasn’t my fault —
every afternoon I simply sat quietly on the sofa and ate my
young unties, however but one by one so that the emptiness
of the wall wouldn’t show or another time in the street I spat
blood so much the city was inelegant
that only the lack of interest for others gave our lives
this endless depth.

 

~Τάσου Λειβαδίτη-Εκλεγμένα Ποιήματα/Μετάφραση Μανώλη Αλυγιζάκη

~Tasos Livaditis-Selected Poems/Translated by Manolis Aligizakis

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Η ΠΡΩΤΗ ΝΥΧΤΑ ΣΤΟ ΜΟΝΤΕΛΛΟ

 

Μιά λάμψη η θάλασσα, ελαφρά σιδερωμένη απ’ τό χέρι

νεαρής σελήνης. Κι ήταν μιά ωραία αντίθεση μέ τά χέρια

τά τριχωτά καί τεράστια τού παίκτη πού κινούσε τίς κούκλες

στό υπαίθριο θέατρο.

Μοσκοβολούσε η νύχτα

κοριτσίστικο ιδρώτα κι αχινιό. Στή μεγάλη ταράτσα

μάς πρόσφεραν τηγανιτές μελιτζάνες καί μπύρα. Ένας στίχος τού Ντάντε

έλαμψε μιά στιγμή μονάχα, κρατημένος απ’ τούς κρότους

δύο φιλικών ποτηριών πού τσούγκρισαν στόν αέρα.

Τήν ίδια νύχτα

είδαμε στή σφουγγαρισμένη σφαλιστή Ψαραγορά, κάτω απ’ τό φανοστάτη,

τό χαρτονένιο κιβώτιο γεμάτο άδεια μπουκάλια. Δέν τό μαρτυρήσαμε.

Ωστόσο

η μουσική πού `βγαινε απ’ τά παράθυρα τού διανυκτερεύοντος εστιατορίου

τό διαλαλούσε κιόλας μπρός στίς μπαλκονόπορτες τών κοιμισμένων

νεονύμφων.

 

 

FIRST NIGHT IN MODELLO

 

The sea was like a flash, lightly ironed by the hand

of the new moon. And it was a nice antithesis to the hairy

huge arms of the player who moved the puppets

of the outdoor theater.

The night’s fragrance was

of girly sweat and urchin. They offered us fried

eggplant and beer on the large balcony. A verse by Dante

shined for just one moment held by the sound of two

friendly glasses clinking in the air.

The same night

in the mopped, closed fish market under the lamppost we saw

a carton crate filled with empty bottles. We didn’t disclose it.

However

the music coming from the windows of the all-night restaurant

already declared it in front of the balcony doors of the sleeping

newlyweds.

 

 

YANNIS RITSOS — POEMS, Ekstasis Editions, 2013

ΓΙΑΝΝΗ ΡΙΤΣΟΥ — Ποιήματα/Μετάφραση Μανώλη Αλυγιζάκη

 

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ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ

Κοιτάζει πάλι, παρατηρεί, διακρίνει
μέσα σε μιαν απόσταση χωρίς καθόλου νόημα,
μες στη διάρκεια που πια δεν ταπεινώνει,
τους σβώλους ναφθαλίνης στη χαρτοσακκούλα,
τα ξερά κληματόφυλλα στον τρύπιο κουβά,
το ποδήλατο στ’ αντικρυνό πεζοδρόμιο.
Άξαφνα
ακούει το χτύπημα πίσω απ’ τον τοίχο,
το ίδιο εκείνο, συνθηματικό, καταμόναχο,
το βαθύτερο χτύπημα. Αισθάνεται αθώος
πούχει ξεχάσει τους νεκρούς.
Τις νύχτες, τώρα
δε χρησιμοποιεί ωτασπίδες—τις έχει αφημένες
μες στο συρτάρι του μαζί με τα παράσημά του
και με την πιο αποτυχημένη τελευταία του προσωπίδα.
Μονάχα που δεν ξέρει άν είναι η τελευταία.
RESURRECTION

He looks again, observes, discerns
in a distance that has no meaning at all,
in the continuance that doesn’t humiliate anymore,
the moth balls in the paper bag,
the dry grape leaves in the leaky pail,
the bicycle on the opposite sidewalk.
Suddenly
he hears the knock behind the wall,
that same one, coded, totally alone,
the deepest knock. He feels innocent
that he has forgotten the dead.
At night, now, he doesn’t
use earplugs anymore – he’s left them
in the drawer along with his medals
and with his last most unsuccessful mask.
Only he doesn’t know whether it’s the last one.

~Γιάννη Ρίτσου-ποιήματα/Μετάφραση Μανώλη Αλυγιζάκη
~Yannis Ritsos-Poems/translated by Manolis Aligizakis
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ΑΔΙΑΙΡΕΤΟ

Στάθηκε ανάμεσα στους τάφους
με τ’ αγαλματίδια να παριστάνουν
νεκρούς συντρόφους
και το αεράτο του χαμόγελο αντανακλούσε
δόξα παλιάς εποχής.
Ξάφνου βύθισε τα μάτια του στα δικα μου,
ένας στεναγμός απαλός
σαν του μικρού αγάλματος ακούστηκε
ν’ αφήνει τα χείλη του, σαν να `λεγε—
μοναχά αυτό το αέρινο χαμόγελο θα παραμείνει
να το θυμάσαι την ώρα της δικαιοσύνης.

Αυτό μόνο το χαμόγελο θα παραμείνει
τ’ άλλα όλα μαραίνονται και σβύνουν
σαν τ’ άρωμα γιακίνθου στον αγέρα,
σαν την αγάπη σου για τη γυναίκα,
όλα χάνονται σαν μέσα από σίτα
άμμος στα δάχτυλα σου.

Μα τούτη η στιγμή για πάντα θα κρατήσει
γιατι το τώρα δεν μπορέσανε ποτέ
να το διαιρέσουν σαν τ’ άλλα,
που γι’ αυτά έχουνε βρει
σταθμά και τεμαχίδια και συστατικά

UNDIVIDED

He stood amid the gravestones
and the statuette resembling
our dead comrades
with his airy smile still reflecting
bygone glorious days.
Suddenly his eyes dived deep in mine
he let a sigh go as silently as
the statuette’s saying: only
this graceful smile will stay forever
remember this at the hour of reckoning.

Only this graceful smile remains
all the rest perish, they vanish
like the hyacinth’s fragrance
in the wind’s teeth
like your love for a woman
all disappear like the sand through a sieve
or the fingers of your hand.

Yet this moment will last forever
because only the now can’t be divided
for everything else they have found
pieces, fractions, and elements.

~Nostos and Algos, Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, BC, 2012