First full-length publication in English for the respected Greek poet, Myron Zolotakis, enhanced by the full color artwork of Dimitris Mytaras, who worked closely with Zolotakis to produce the work.
Fuselage marks the first full-length publication in English for the respected Greek poet, Myron Zolotakis, in translation by Peter Bien. The volume is enhanced by the full color artwork of Dimitris Mytaras, who worked closely with Zolotakis to produce the work. Mytaras died, tragically, in 2017.
Poetry, History, Art, Family & Relationships, Middle Eastern Studies.
“I confess that very few times did I rejoice so much drawing from poetry. The air, the images of the poems helped me to test my strength in the poetry of drawing. I would be content if that is something I achieved.”—Dimitris Mytaras, Greek painter and writer
Zolotakis’s work is like a series of short films about the great questions, chiefly those concerning loss and the phenomena of time and light that are so central to, and so long-standing within, our conception of the world and our place there. The poet plays continually with their presence, absence, and occasional coexistence, revealing a Weltanschauung in which the invisible becomes visible. The archaic atmosphere, idyllic scenery and age-old fundamental concerns are regularly interrupted by blips of contemporary life. And sometimes in the blinking illumination and the gorgeous mechanisms of Zolotakis’s art all the articulations of time combine into a single instant, a split second in which the fullness of history is compressed.—Annemarie Estor, Dutch Poet, winner of the Herman de Coninck Prize
Peter Bien has devoted his academic life to the study of the writers of modern Greece, translating and commenting on their work, in both literary and popular periodicals. He has translated three of Kazantzakis's major novels, The Last Temptation of Christ; Saint Francis, and Report to Greco, and Myrivilis's Life in the Tomb. Most recently, he is the author of YANNIS RITSOS: COLLECTED STUDIES & TRANSLATIONS (Red Dragonfly Press, 2011). Author City: RIPARIUS, NY USA
Zolotakis was born in Piraeus in 1961 and still lives there.
He writes: A poem seems to exist somewhere and I discover it Locate some verses but then let them go Deny life's current situation which destroys it Want to approach every truthful occurrence Rain is more than just a physical event Sexuality perpetuates more than just the species I traverse an ineffable zone where every percentage grows Where my middling existence leaves me uninterested And no room exists for any shadow or fear