Come join us and help launch the poetry collection “NOTED TRANSPARENCIES” by celebrated Greek-Australian poet NIKOS NOMIKOS, translated for the first time from the Greek with an introduction by George Mouratidis.
Published by Owl Publishing, the book will be presented by Lucy Van (“Cordite Poetry Review”) with selected readings from the work by the poet in both Greek and English.
Date: Friday, 30 September
Time: 6pm (for a 6:30 start)
Venue: Collected Works Bookshop
Nicholas Building, Level 1
37 Swanston Street, City
Tel, Kris Hemensley, 9654 8873
During the “kindled hours” of a single winter’s night in his suburban “hermitage” in Melbourne, an elderly Nikos Nomikos is revisited by a searing vision he first had in a faraway place and time. With Noted Transparencies, the ascetic poet traverses worlds, tragedies and loves, more than half a century later, in his pained and joyous struggle to break the spell of the vision which has haunted him all his life.
“Here is poetry of clarity and simplicity, crafted by a master’s hand. Mystical and ascetic, Nikos Nomikos is above all a disciple of language, distilling experience into sparse, pure lines. Noted Transparencies inscribes memory’s fantasy of return, truncating hours, days and years into luminous, singular visions. Like photographs, or lantern slides, these poems are ruptured flowerings of time: intimate, beatific, and sad. George Mouratidis’ ingenious and attentive translation from the Greek finally brings this ‘light of divine economy’ to a new audience.”
— LUCY VAN