Poetry. Translated from the Greek by David Connolly. "Anastassis Vistonitis occupies a unique position in Greek letters: equally acclaimed as a poet and a journalist, he switches from one medium to the other with seeming ease, now composing poems and literary essays, now turning out book reviews and articles, often on the same day. Both streams feed the sea of his imagination—he calls his prose a continuation of poetry by other means—and his Greek readers are fortunate to have his work available to them in so many forms.... What good luck to have a selection of his poems in English, in the splendid translation of David Connolly"—Chrisopher Merrill, from his Introduction.
Anastassis Vistonitis was born in Komotini, Northern Greece, in 1952. He studied Political Sciences and Economics in Athens. From 1983 to 1988 he lived in the U.S.A. (New York and Chicago) and traveled extensively in Europe, North America, Africa, Australia and Asia. From 1996 to 2001 he was a member of the board of the E.W.C. (The Federation of European Writers) and from 2003 to 2007 he was its vice president. In addition to poems, essays, book reviews and articles contributed to many leading quarterlies and newspapers in Greece and abroad Anastassis Vistonitis has published eleven books of poetry, three volumes of essays, four travelogues, a book of short stories and a book of translations of the Chinese poet Li Ho. He was the general editor of the candidature file of Athens for the Olympic Games of 2004. Anastassis Vistonitis's writings have been translated into 17 languages. He writes for the leading Greek newspaper To Vima and lives in Athens. Author City: ATHENS GRC