Postings of poems by the Greek poet Yannis Ritsos in English translation. This blog, launched in 2009 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the poet's birth, continues now after a two year break. All translations (and mistranslations) are by Scott King unless otherwise noted.
"perhaps the shattering of the poem will create the poem..." —Yannis Ritsos, from Hints (1970)
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Empty rooms naked beds the broom in the corner the vacant cage and this mirror dark, gluttonous still insisting you look into it.
Athens—January 18, 1978
from Clay (1980) [Collected Poems: IDelta ---pg 91]