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 29, 2009
Finding, not finding, seeking a reason for being here he brushes his teeth combs his hair opens the window. Only to misplace his words and his clothes.
Athens—January 17, 1978
from Clay (1980) [Collected Poems: IDelta ---pg 86]