poetry by Manolis
paintings by Ken Kirkby & friends
"The idea for this book has been circling the edges of my mind for years. The members of my tribe are a solitary lot and not readily attracted to acting as a group. In ages past we worked on the walls of caves. Having run out of caves we now work on canvas and wood and write on paper. This is perhaps a cautionary tale on the limits of what nature can provide. Each member of this tribe has a clear vision and strong view. Thankfully they are also blessed with the power to describe those views.
Many thanks to Manolis, friend, poet and publisher, without whose talents and enthusiasm this gem would not have seen the light of day.
It is my hope that each person who views this book will enjoy the results of our collective labours."
– Ken Kirkby
"Brushstrokes on canvas, the wood chiseling of a wood carver, or poetic images on paper, create myths that take the observer-reader to that other realm of understanding beyond the sensory world. Mythography is the result of collaboration between nine painters, a wood carver, and a poet, who, via three different forms of art, contributed equally to the compiling of this unique artistic display.
My heartfelt thanks and appreciation go to Ken Kirkby for organizing the participants and for his gesture of trust in the interpretation of these artists' works through my poetry."
Ken Kirkby & friends: Brian Buckrell Nana Cook Alan Dunfield Daniel Francis Gray Ronald Carl Gruber Cindy Mawle Bruce Muir Dan Teloski Cecile van Wonsel
In a lane exiting the highway of cars with lights flickering pastel colors and soft hues not traffic signs or policemen bugs and mosquito passengers females applying make up men arguing about roughness of flow and all appear as gigantic to the painter's brush as we do in the eyes of enormities peeking from their world of leviathan down to our miniscule like the infinite plus gazing the infinite minus with us in the middle like big zeros representing the great void of colorful and eloquent nothing
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.
About the Painter
Ken Kirkby was born in 1940 in London, England. His family moved to Spain in 1945 and then, one year later, to Portugal where Kirkby spent his formative years. Kirkby moved to Canada in 1958 and made his way north. During a five-year period, he lived with various groups of Inuit and travelled Canada's Far North extensively, recording the landscape, the people and the conditions in a vast collection of drawings.
On returning from the Arctic, Kirkby took up residence in Vancouver and began translating his sketches into magnificent oil paintings. His crowning achievement is a massive work titled "Isumataq".
While he continues to present the Far North in his paintings, he has turned his attention to depicting the grandeur of the West Coast. He now lives on the shores of eastern Vancouver Island and is the president of the Nile Creek Enhancement Society, a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized for the restoration of salmon habitat in the local rivers, estuaries and adjacent sea.