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)
Saturday, January 17, 2009
A pale hand pulls the nail the mirror falls the wall falls. Tourists arrive photographs are taken.
Athens—January 16, 1978
from Clay (1980) [Collected Poems: IDelta ---pg 83]