The Collected Poems of Nikos Kavadias

ISBN: 1932455019
ISBN 13: 9781932455014
By: Nikos Kavadias Gail Holst-Warhaft Nikos Kavadias

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Bilingual edition. English translation and Greek original in opposite pages.Modern Greeks dominate the world's merchant marine; ancient Greeks like Homer's Odysseus sailed the Mediterranean and beyond. But what do we know about shipboard life? Not much. Reading Kavadias fills this emptiness. He spent his adult life sailing world-wide and writing poems about monsoons, cats dying on shipboard, masts snapping in two, dream-girls or disgusting whores on shore, and fleas jumping off one's pubic hair. "In this fo'c'sle," he laments, "I ruined my calm self / and killed my tender childhood soul. / But I never gave up my obstinate dream, / and the sea, when it roars, tells me a lot." Scrupulously translated, these accessible poems will tell landlubbers a lot about life on the winedark sea.-Peter Bien, Translator of Nikos Kazantzakis and Stratis Myrivilis

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