Postings of poems by the Greek poet Yannis Ritsos in English translation. This blog, launched in 2009 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the poet's birth, continues now after a two year break. All translations (and mistranslations) are by Scott King unless otherwise noted.
"perhaps the shattering of the poem will create the poem..." —Yannis Ritsos, from Hints (1970)
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Shadow—the same— before and after glory. We threw the crutches into the sea. Someone will find them pick them up and imitate us. They will tell the truth.
Athens—January 15, 1978
from Clay (1980) [Collected Poems: IDelta ---pg 81]