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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


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
At ‘The Well’, 821 Front Street, Victoria
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April 3, White Rock BC
Launch of Manolis’s new poetry collection ‘Vernal Equinox’
Poetry Readings by Manolis
At White Rock Public Library

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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.
At Surrey Public Library, Newton Branch, Surrey
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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
At Hellenic Community Centre, 4500 Arbutus, Vancouver
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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

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