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MOIPOΛΟΙ (Lament) FOR THE FALLEN OF 1940

Lament of the Clarinet

“Death commands respect,” Ismail Kadare, “The General of the Dead Army.’ When the sun rose that day, it could not be seen. All was hidden in the stultifying greyness that try as it might, could not hide the bulk of the mountain looming ominously, as it has done for eternity, over the small stone village perched precariously at its roots. ... Read More »

Pappou Niko’s eternal exile

“It was all for nothing, all my struggles, all my privations and I’m alone. I try to figure out the reason for this and each time, I am more and more at a loss.” – Nikos Syrmos DEAN KALIMNIOU My youthful recollection of pappou Niko is of an exceedingly tall old man, possessed of severe eyebrows perpetually pressed into a ... Read More »