by Ken Kirkby
Deeply rooted in its chthonian base this Salish Sea succumbs to the whim of winds imbibers of logic the Great Spirit's indocile children free in their roughness calm in their sleep and this sea glaucous as it has been radiant as it has glowed suffers not in its attachment to earthly depths crevasses of the mind and insists to adorn the tip of the painter's brush with its brilliance
About the Author
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.
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.