poetry by Manolis
Your theorem filters sun rays behind your mask of guilt like veiled greed your dream succumbs to anger Now on the wet sandbar moon walking to mark your path a limping crab young osprey laughs at like sun that backs into clouds behind your shadowed thought and bandaged hatred entombed hope aching for Easter Now on the wet sandbar you outline your path nervously crab moon-walking at whom a young osprey laughs
The numbing kiss of north wind bores through your skin like comfortable suburb monotone gouging down your dream slow motion buss of axiom honeybees construct a tumult before they dive in honey pot grayish fraying shroud dresses your goal a piece of anthracite not quite splendor of diamond substitutes epiphany with temporal myth druggie cycled in masochist escapism
The van and its red crescent emblem siren squeals life's worth adrenaline tattooing memory's eardrum in a desert wilderness pieces of flesh picked up and packed off in burlap leftovers from a human tempest scraps of woman child these are a fighter's ribs houses lock their doors windows shutter while intense silence smolders the imam climbs slowly to the globe apex of the minaret moment right to call the faithful to prayer God is generous some faithful for some bombs.
– Luisa Maria Celis
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.
"Mirrors let the supernatural invade reality. While the moon watches, the wind takes you away and changes everything in a world contained in a relentless search for meaning, for reasons to live, for reasons to die. It all happens in July and in the spring that followed the winter of lost things.
In this world, flowers, birds and ladybugs are symbols of hope and contemplation. This is a vast landscape and the music in the words carries you to distant times and places with non-assuming honesty.
It's a journey in and out of life and death–and of all the places in between."
– Luisa Maria Celis
author of Arrows in the Sky
"Delving into Manolis' Rendition takes one on an emotional adventure of heartache and joy guided by the steadying hand of Nature, herself. The images are raw and infused with the blackest of humanity's pain juxtaposed by the brightest joy of life. The images are vivid and startling, speaking to one's very soul. Raw sexuality is intermingled with the most tender of emotions: a true kaleidoscope of life moments woven together beautifully. The mystical and the mundane skip through the pages to rest in the fullness of being. Rendition is as vivid as a painting, brightness and darkness intermingled in a story that tells the very core of life experience itself."
– Cathi Shaw
PhD Candidate in Education
Simon Fraser University