Littering the valleys, sprinkling the headlands, The small churches are spent cartridges, Cylindrical though white instead of red Or slanting into hills like a blunt wedge. Each family has one where on the saint's day They hold a festival, six hours of chanting prayer Followed by a feast - these people pay For pieties with revelry. What I love is the interior, Long, cool and bare, a whiff of must and spice, A sense of trespass even if you light A beeswax votive candle or a wick That floats on olive oil in an old glass. Tin-framed and mildewed, shrunken, ascetic, The old Byzantine saints are sitting tight.
Jeffrey Carson Poetry Reading, Harvard University
Jeffrey Carson, who has been living on Paros and writing about it in verse and prose since 1970, gave a reading of his poems at Harvard University's Lamont Library Forum on February 7th. It lasted a little over an hour. Jeff was especially glad to see in the audience a dozen of his former students at the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts. Anna Fishko, a writer at Harvard (and Aegean Center student some years ago), introduced him.
Probably many of you have heard him read on Paros; the Lamont Library's lecture room suited him well, and the audience seemed to enjoy his Aegean imagery. Afterwards there was a reception at one of Harvard's traditional eating clubs.
Jeff will be reading again with his Aegean Center writing students on Paros at the beginning of June.
The fifth edition of Poetry Greece is now available, featuring poems by Greek poets and on Greek themes with reviews and translations. At a cost of only 21 Euro per year, Poetry Greece makes a special gift for anyone you know who loves Greece and loves poetry.
This edition features the work of Angelos Sikelianos on the fiftieth anniversary of his death and announces the Keeley-Sherrard Translation Award for Poetry 2001/2. This year's award is for translations of Sikelianos' poetry and $500 will be awarded for the best entry.