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Famine
 Dimitra Christodoulou

85pp.
Nefeli, 2007
ISBN: 960-211-832-6
ISBN13: 978-960-211-832-0

Dimitra Christodoulou has been a constant, distinctive and respected voice in the world of Greek poetry for over thirty years. Her most recent work, Famine, is her ninth collection and is regarded by many reviewers in Greece as her most accomplished to date. The poems in Famine are characterized by Christodoulou’s preoccupation with penetrating the veneer and delving deep into everyday events and situations. More than just a recognising and stating of the human plight, often with irony or humour, she transforms her critical response into a positive affirmation, and in a language that is simple and direct and often deeply moving. Not surprisingly, Nature and the Divine are recurrent themes in numerous poems, perhaps nowhere better exemplified than in the short poem entitled “Response”: When the sea withdraws, / I join my hands: I implore it to return. / I am heeded. In the Divine realm / One wave follows the next. / It costs nothing for a person to imagine / That he is loved by the world’s breath. / And so at my feet the foam breaks, / The message-bearer’s mumblings. Famine constitutes a delightful repast.


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