Monthly Archives: March 2012

International Poetry Day (March 21)

People walked through the city today stopping on Panepistimiou, Stadiou, Omeros, and Amalias Streets to do readings in Greek from Homer, Seferis, Anagnostakis, Palamas, Solomos, and others. This is a section from George Seferis’ “Last Stop”: This is a train of … Continue reading

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The Lady Vanishes

This is perhaps not a story of the crisis. But it may be one for the crisis. The crazy old woman who lives across the street from me has gone missing. Lena, who lives above her, and Daniel, who lives … Continue reading

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Beauty in Chaos: a meditation

“Elegy in Joy” We tell beginnings: for the flesh and the answer, or the look, the lake in the eye that knows, for the despair that flows down in widest rivers, cloud of home; and also the green tree of … Continue reading

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Ευτυχώς Σωθήκαμε!

Σταμοπούλου Ελένη Ναι! Καλά διαβάζετε! Σωθήκαμε! Ποιός το λέει; Όχι  βέβαια εγώ, δεν είμαι οικονομολόγος , αλλά τα ΜΜΕ και οι πολιτικοί μας. Υπάρχει πιο αξιόπιστη πηγή; Οι λόγοι της σωτηρίας μας είναι πολλοί και διάφοροι. Μετρήστε τους λοιπόν. Πρώτ’απ’όλα … Continue reading

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Layerings of Despair: Nouveau Riche to Nouveau Poor

By Analog Suburban Athens on a Saturday night:  Fewer cars and people on the streets than there used to be as my husband and I drive to a friends’ house for a quiet visit. Saturday nights are now more subdued … Continue reading

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Kαλοσύνη, a last refuge

“The first thing society does is to make you see your difficulties as a personal matter…but taking part in an effort that’s made by many people helps you realize that your inability to live like the majority around you isn’t … Continue reading

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the countries within

by Maria Pesmazoglou Athens, February 2012 The air was full of the fumes of teargas and every now and then new bangs were heard, implying that one more teargas bomb was fired. You could hear the sound of glass as … Continue reading

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