poetry by Manolis
"Perhaps only a poet of Greek origin, who creates in the manner of his master Elytis could, using and renewing the conventions of Ode and Epode, Strophe and Antistrophe and an imagery that "unfolds like the fragrance of white hyacinths to the end of space" write a Eulogy to the loss of Logos.
In these poems the reader encounters the virginal and sculpted limbs of the Kore and her ethereal beauty embraced by the gross and murderous Troglodyte, imprisoned and abused by the organized religion, academic education and capitalistic greed. Here also is the young poet, her intended lover and here is creation as it was at the beginning, in the Middle Ages, and in our modern world.
Troglodytes has an overarching vision lyrically expressed of the history of man and the loss of that Greek ideal we no longer know how to translate and so we mumble platitudes about logics and the word of a single god that miss the mark."
– Joanne Ford, author of Eros Operatica
Logos– from the spiral void nascent logos springs forth reflecting unwrinkled soil's lust for vapors and alpha sun-drenched concept logos' arms unfold primal kore's dream transparent and unstained a lake's obsession for a moon glimmering slopes second concept. Logos– dwells over the chaos breeze hovering on the plains and crudest earthly essence becomes gamma benevolent concept; logos with God in light of God flame like a dancing serpent mysterious shadows on a cave wall and conscience concept the fourth. Logos– shoulders like an Atlas all ephemeral only to emerge as His first thought: a primeval in the entrance of the cave an obscure shadow, the troglodyte outlining a human and this hymn the omega concept.
– Eduardo B. Pinto
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.
"With each poetry book Manolis gains different forms of expression and dynamism, which are qualities of a true artist. Troglodytes, his new collection of poems, reflects this evidence. His words, ripen by silence and a strong resonance from the Greek mythology, offer a myriad of images and senses that transport the reader to his world of wonder. At the same time they reveal the tics, beauty and contradictions of humanity, like a rain drop refreshes not only a rose on a hot summer day but also its thorns. The collection offers this simple and yet meaningful insight: Poetry is to be understood by its own diaphanous virtues and light in order to be a true mirror of the soul. That's the message we get page by page in Troglodytes."
– Eduardo Bettencourt Pinto