Path of Thorns

poetry by Manolis


Path of Thorns is a very powerful collection, addressing universal themes – childhood, love, exile, endurance, death – but grounded in Manolis' experience of civil war in Greece, and migration to Canada. He also explores the paradoxes underlying contemporary global suffering, epitomised in the floods of New Orleans. Yet the final sequence is a mythic celebration of our potential for self-transformation and creativity. In his intense lyricism Manolis pays homage to the Hellenic poetic tradition embodied in writers like Kazantzakis and Elytis, while reminding us of a common humanity that transcends cultures. These poems will resonate with many readers, at many levels.


Light condenses,
for tension,
descends to conquer,
to burn,
the bark of the tree,
the soul of the termite,
or perhaps the flesh of man.
Light condenses for tension
ascends from the abysmal spacetime
to conquer man's sin;
to burn the soul of the jasmine
the flesh of an erred and errant man,
or perhaps the bark of this spruce.
Light condenses for tension
to stand in front of man
who emerges from the abyss,
who emerges stronger than spacetime and,
emanates as cruel as silence.
Man stands firmly on the ground,
erected from the dirt: Evoe!
Path of Thorns

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Paperback 5.5 x 8.5 in
113 pages
ISBN: 9780978186517

"I think Manolis is the best émigré Greek writer in Canada and I welcome his return to publishing."
– J. Michael Yates

About the Author

Manolis (Emmanuel Aligizakis) is a Greek-Canadian poet and author. He was recently appointed an honorary instructor and fellow of the International Arts Academy, and awarded a Masters for the Arts in Literature. He is recognized for his ability to convey images and thoughts in a rich and evocative way that tugs at something deep within the reader. Born in the village of Kolibari on the island of Crete in 1947, he moved with his family at a young age to Thessaloniki and then to Athens, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences from the Panteion University of Athens. After graduation, he served in the armed forces for two years and emigrated to Vancouver in 1973, where he worked as an iron worker, train labourer, taxi driver, and stock broker, and studied English Literature at Simon Fraser University. He has written three novels and numerous collections of poetry, which are steadily being released as published works. His articles, poems and short stories in both Greek and English have appeared in various magazines and newspapers in Canada, United States, Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Australia, and Greece. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, Romanian, Swedish, German, Hungarian languages and has been published in book form or in magazines in various countries. He now lives in White Rock, where he spends his time writing, gardening, traveling, and heading Libros Libertad, an unorthodox and independent publishing company which he founded in 2006 with the mission of publishing literary books. His translation book George Seferis-Collected Poems was shortlisted for the Greek National Literary Awards, the highest literary recognition of Greece.

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