14 χρόνια χωρίς τον Μανώλη Αναγνωστάκη

*Από τον Κώστα Καραμάρκο

One of my beloved Greek poets, Manolis Anagnostakis, passed away on June 23, 2005. Αγαπημένος ποιητής ο Μανώλης Αναγνωστάκης, που πέθανε σαν σήμερα το 2005.

Σημαδούρες ζωής οι στίχοι του στην Ερατυρα του 1979, στη Μελβούρνη του 1984, στη Θεσσαλονίκη του 1998, στην Αθήνα του 2009, στη Μελβούρνη του 2019.

“Δέχτηκες τελικά, στο βάθος, κάθε αναθεώρηση, κάθε αλλαγή πορείας, κάθε αποστασία. Δεν είναι πάντα η θέληση λίγη- είναι πολλές φορές ο πόνος μεγάλος. Κρίνεις γνωρίζοντας μόνο ως εκεί που έχεις φτάσει, όχι ως εκεί που θα μπορούσες να φτάσεις αν και αν και αν…”

As correctly stated in Wikipedia “Manolis Anagnostakis (10 March 1925 – 23 June 2005) was a Greek poet and critic at the forefront of the Marxist and existentialist poetry movements arising during and after the Greek Civil War in the late 1940s. Anagnostakis was a leader amongst his contemporaries and influenced the generation of poets immediately after him. His poems have been honored in Greece’s national awards and arranged (e.g. by Mikis Theodorakis) and sung by contemporary musicians.”

“Now He Is a Simple Spectator – Poem by Manolis Anagnostakis

Now he is a simple spectator
An insignificant fellow in the crowd
Now he no longer applauds nor is applauded
A stranger wandering to the call of the streets.

The new trumpeters come from afar
From the chosen classes of the future
Their cries demolish the decayed walls
They melt the mud into luminous streams.
The pure are coming, the non-hypocrites,
Violators, non-participants, virgins,
Crafty fellow diners, these innocents,
And the registrars of our days.
The great blaze is coming
Amid the jets of merry water.
The final proscriptions are coming.

But now he is a simple spectator
An anonymous little fellow in the crowd
With his arms on his chest a dead man laid out
Now he no longer applauds nor is applauded.”

(Always know the when and the how).

*Translated by Philip Ramp

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