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In her debut English-language collection, contemporary Greek poet Dimitra Kotoula takes on contemporary Greek society in challenging lyrical forms.
IN THE SLOW HORIZON THAT BREATHES, a selection from her first three books, published between 2004 - 2022, Kotoula—a poet born after the military Junta—engages modern Greek struggles, including troubled relationships, the financial crisis, motherhood, and the act of writing. Translated by Maria Nazos in close collaboration with the author, and introduced by A.E. Stallings, this volume presents to English readers Kotoula’s masterful transformation of private demons into a public resonance.
Poetry. Women's Studies.
“These are poems that shimmer as they transform tragic, ironic histories and alienating religious doctrines into lyrical lines of immediate physical and visceral intensity. Kotoula’s voice embraces an autonomous selfhood based on the female bodily experience which like seasonal landscapes can be both breathtaking and discordant: ‘I want you to feel this blue / color of loneliness and uncertainty / and nothing else / while the air and earth inflame / a sudden blooming.’ Maria Nazos brings her mastery as poet and translator to render Kotoula’s irrepressible spirit on the page. We can be grateful for this collaboration for turning the rubble of contemporary life into something beautiful and lasting.” —Dzvinia Orlowsky
“Kotoula subtly and masterfully transforms … private demons into a public resonance.” —A.E. Stallings, The Poetry Review
“Writing in dialogue with the twentieth-century poets of ancient myth (George Seferis and Angelos Sikelianos among them), Dimitra Kotoula brings fresh language and a feminine touch to familiar themes.” —Karen Van Dyck, introduction to Austerity Measures (NYRB, 2016)
Author WebsiteAuthor Page @ Lyrikline / Haus für PoesieInterview @ Copper NickelPoem, “Causa Artis 3,” @ World Literature TodayPoems, “Moods XV,” and “Erotikon I” @ World Poetry ReviewInterview with Dimitra Kotoula @ Greek News AgendaInterview @ The Journalist's NewspaperInterview @ Kathimerin
Dimitra Kotoula is the author of three poetry collections and the recipient of the prestigious Chartis prize. Her poems have been translated into thirteen languages. She was the first to translate Louise Glüaut;ck's poems into Greek, and has also translated the work of Jorie Graham and Sharon Olds. Translations of her work by Maria Nazos have been published in US journals including The Columbia Review, The Mid-American Review, Denver Quarterly, Anomaly/Drunken Boat, Blue Lyra Review, World Literature Today, New Poetry in Translation, and Copper Nickel.
Maria Nazos' poetry, translations, and essays are published in The New Yorker, Copper Nickel, North American Review, Denver Quarterly, and Mid-American Review. She is the author of A Hymn That Meanders (Wising Up Press, 2011) and the chapbook Still Life (Dancing Girl Press, 2016). For ten years, she has translated the work of Greek poet Dimitra Kotoula. She has received scholarships and fellowships from the University of Nebraska, Vermont Studio Center, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference.
A.E. Stallings' poetry collections include Like (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Olives (TriQuarterly, 2012), nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award; Hapax (TriQuarterly, 2006); and Archaic Smile (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999), winner of the Richard Wilbur Award and finalist for both the Yale Younger Poets Series and the Walt Whitman Award. Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry anthologies and she is a frequent contributor to Poetry and the Times Literary Supplement. Stallings's verse translation of The Nature of Things by Lucretius was published by Penguin Classics in 2007. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. She is director of the Poetry Center in Athens, Greece.