Description - Lions' Gate by Christopher Bakken
"The Lions' Gate" introduces a crucial voice in world poetry to readers in English. Titos Patrikios is a poet of witness and engagement. A member of the intellectual left in post-war Greece, he survived imprisonment, hard labour, censorship, and exile. He narrowly escaped death by firing squad, and once had to bury his poems to keep them from discovery by the authorities. Patrikios endured years away from his home country, Greece, and was displaced from his family and literary community. His style bears the marks of that pressure and of his persistent need to pursue what might suffice in spite of such predicaments. At times reminiscent of Hikmet, Neruda, and Milosz, Patrikios's poems sound a note of defiant celebration. This poet's ethos is utterly humanistic and his impulses are toward praise as often as they are toward protest.
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(155mm x 230mm x 20mm)
Truman State University Press
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Author Biography - Christopher Bakken
Christopher Bakken was the winner of the 2001 T. S. Eliot Prize. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in The Paris Review, Gettysburg Review, Agni, Modern Poetry in Translation, Raritan, Lyric, and other publications. Roula Konsolaki received degrees from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Now living in Crete, she does freelance work translating French and English into Greek. Her translations have been printed in Modern Poetry in Translation, Two Lines, Seneca Review, Literary Imagination, The Tampa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.