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δρόμοι φτιαγμένοι με φωνές και χαλίκια / Lefteris Poulios, ‘Roads’ (1973)

Δρόμοι – στιλπνά σκούρα χταπόδια τούτης της χώρας μου, που πάνω σας δίχως μορφή και δίχως βάρος πορεύεται το μέλλον.Κούρσες, πούλμαν, δεξαμενόπλοια, κάποιο ποδήλατο και…

«Η ουτοπία είναι εδώ κάτω απ’ τα τσιμέντα» (Οι δρόμοι της Αθήνας / Streets of Athens)

Photographs of Manolis Tsafos Μusic by: Stress – Athens Burning Γενιά του Χάους – Κοινωνικά Υποπροϊόντα Γενιά του Χάους – Χορός της Σιωπής Stress –…

Echoes of Harlem in Athens! – ‘Seabattle of Salamis Took Place off Perama’ by Allen Ginsberg, Piraeus, 1961.

If it weren’t for you Mr Jukebox with yr aluminium belly roaring & thirty teeth eating dirty drx. yr eyes starred round the world, purple…

poetic reality no8: The loss of the meaning of truth (dedicated to poet-put-on-trial Ashraf Fayadh)

I will have to sidestep my memory And claim that I sleep well. I’ve got to tear out the questions That have come looking for…

Acropolis like any Golgotha, by Allen Ginsberg (Athens, 1961)

‘The light thru Parthenon columns is a great white-blue solid color – like looking thru eyesockets of a skull.’ Allen Ginsberg, Athens, Fall 1961. From…

Urban frame no7: Bleeding poetry in an urban non-place.

May 1, 1978; Vouliagmenis Avenue. At 1.58 in the morning, a green fiat driven by Alekos Panagoulis goes off course and crashes into a basement…

poetic reality no7: 1950s Athens as Palimpsest: A BBC Radio Play by Louis MacNeice

Read in the November 2015 issue of Transnational Literature: The problem of Athens: ‘The most famous and one of the oldest cities in Europe, but…

An Athenian Nocturnal Archaeology III: On Alexander the Great Street

Scrappies are the shamans of the transfiguration of matter. They are the alchemists of the eternal flow and kinesis of objects. They keep their cyclical…

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An Athenian Nocturnal Archaeology II: Down Socrates Street

In the early hours of Friday morning young men wearing sleepless eyes and exhausted faces white caps worn out blue jeans and, occasionally, pale brown…

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An Athenian Nocturnal Archaeology I: At the end of Rest Street

By day I caress ornithomorphic figurines bodies of clay strange hybrid forms three-quarter animal one-quarter human. By night I photograph creatures with large beaks and…

editorial no2: Ever wondered what Greek urban poetics sound like?

Athens in a poem is a platform for the collection of material on urban poetics. It intends to aid an ongoing discussion on what created…

παράπλευρο no6: νεκρή Ατλαντίδα / Atlantis is dead

Ένα καράβι γεμάτο ανθρώπους. Χαρούμενοι παραθεριστές; Ψαράδες; Ναυαγισμένοι; Απαλά καθώς σκάει το κύμα ένα χέρι φυτρώνει στην ακτή και η παραλία μια σειρά γκρεμισμένα τείχη…

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στης Κοκκινιάς τα παλιά προσφυγικά / old refugee houses in Nikaia, Athens

Εσύ, διωγμένη, λαβωμένη, που κουβάλησες μέσα σ’ ένα μικρό πεσκίρι όλο το βιός σου από την Ιωνία, δυο κάρβουνα απ’ την πρώτη Εστία, ένα χωμάτινο…

παράπλευρο no5: Houdini is dead

We are all out of sensational escape acts.