poetry by Manolis


What a relief spring is over
and the soldiers with their rifles  
spouting sunlight through
their barrels left They came  
in the midst of April as if there wasn't
any other way for the spring 
to come but with soldiers holding
rifles What a relief frost is over 
and the chickadee dreams
on another nest of another chick 
or two just another reason for
the red jib to unfurl just another 
reason for the white chapel
to be repainted in whitewash
We looked in the remote chapels
and through the pine needles sieving sunlight 
explored the statue's smooth body
and the rained spider web 
we searched in the sigh of rose petals
in starbursts and worm-eaten pages  
penned by hallucinating prophets
we hunted in decapitated houses 
but we didn't find God anywhere
and we didn't discover him in the statue 
or touch him in spider webs
recluse talked of God being Dead 
and the people danced in the plaza
knowing the recluse's verdict  
Why stand by your door
piercing the mountain  
as if trying to paint it green
on the retinas of your eyes 
and the light breeze how can
you paint blind by feel? 
To what end do you point
your hand at the ice caped 
peaks as if to let them know about
the ghosts never passing by  
anymore as if to tell them that
spring is coming soon  
when they exude green velvet
when they redress in light hues

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Signed by the Author

Paperback 5.5 x 8.5 in
106 pages
ISBN: 9780981073569

"These poems move with contrasting moods, as eroticism is juxtaposed with isolation, and intimacy is wedged between dark humour and sheer outrage."
– Apryl Leaf

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.

More on Manolis Aligizakis


"Impulses conjures a mosaic of old world images, tiled with colours and dilemmas from the present. Manolis ransacks his classical Greek roots and the cosmopolitan now, to unearth some meaning for his modern existence. He wrestles with such timeless subjects as the value of human life, innocence and aging.
These poems move with contrasting moods, as eroticism is juxtaposed with isolation, and intimacy is wedged between dark humour and sheer outrage."

– Apryl Leaf

"Sometimes words are ghosts dancing with myth and memory. Greek-Canadian poet Manolis, demonstrates this in Impulses, his new collection of poems. His poetry springs from a congenital intimacy with a culture and its history. In essence, we are before a poetic glance that is also a revolving metaphor encircling feelings from a Mediterranean philosophy. Poets tend to be witnesses of paradoxes. In recreating them it's not a compromise between logic and rational; it's an absolute nouveau reality. With this new book, Manolis tells us that poetry is an affirmation of the soul, a witness for the dream. Fine poetry, there is."

– Eduardo Bettencourt Pinto