Brass Tacks

Kiki Dimoula in Athens by A. E. Stallings Kiki Dimoula. The Brazen Plagiarist: Selected Poems. Translated by Cecile Inglessis Margellos and Rika Lesser. Yale University Press: Margellos World Republic of Letters 2012. 392 pp. $30.00 ✥✥✥ Athens is not the most obviously poetic of cities. Sure, the Parthenon, stripped of its garish paint as well as its marbles, stands in timeless glamour over the city, but twentieth-century influxes of population... Read More

Xenophobe’s Hellenica

                                     The wreck of the Dimitrios by Stefan Beck Of course, they must from time to time get officers altogether unfit for the post—men whose nautical knowledge dated from yesterday, and who, moreover, had no notion of dealing with human beings. It would be very odd if this practice of sending out people ignorant of the sea and unknown to the folk of the country did not lead to some catastrophe.... Read More

At the Wall with Titos

While we are waiting for our check after lunch, Titos suggests we visit the place where he was to be executed. I’ve been translating the poetry of Titos Patrikios for almost ten years and we’ve become good friends, but I have only a vague sense of this period in his life—he really doesn’t like to talk about it—and am surprised by the sudden melting of his reticence. After an unusually dark and rainy spring, it’s the first warm day of... Read More

Taverna Makellos

Excerpted from Goats in the Ghost Towns of Chios. Pistacia lentiscus, cousin of the pistachio tree, grows everywhere in the Mediterranean, but only on the island of Chios does it weep. Only here will incisions cut into the shrub’s ragged bark make it drip a precious amber resin called mastic: chewing gum of the Byzantines, breath-freshener of the Turkish harem, and lauded medicine and culinary delicacy since ancient times. The flavor of mastic is... Read More


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