A sense of evening pervades Christos Koukis’ Modern Guilt, translated into English by Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke and Elle Arscott. This twilight is historical, ridden by the background of the financial crisis in Greece, as much as poetic, where ‘we are rich in such a way that no bank condescends to accept us’. But like all things Greek, there is the sun, which peeks at odd places and throws light on hidden corners. In Koukis’ world, the sun glints, before setting at nine o’clock behind the Acropolis, even if ‘deep down, the light makes things difficult’.
It is in this sense that Modern Guilt holds a mirror to us, our anxieties and vanities. The earthquakes in Modern Guilt are political. History is ugly and ‘the country does not go to sleep with clear conscience’. Continuing in the tradition of the modern Greek masters, Koukis has use for antiquity, but this antiquity is not removed from history, its pain and betrayal. It provides no respite, only hard lessons. The financial earthquake of Greece is but one more link in that story.
Yet in its moments of crises, hope shines through —‘there is a feeling of life that never abandons us, an honest victory’. There is redemption in love and in the hope of love. Amidst the shadows, for Koukis it ultimately ‘doesn’t matter’, for even ‘Dresden was rebuilt and now it shines’.
Zingonia Zingone (1971) is a graduate in Economics, a poet, a novelist and a translator who writes in Spanish, Italian, French and English. Her poetry books are published in Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Italy, France and India. Her most recent titles are: Los naufragios del desierto (Vaso Roto, 2013) and las tentaciones de la Luz (anamá, 2018). In English, she has two books published in India: Acrobat of Oblivion (Poetrywala, 2011) and Light, the Temptation (Poetrywala, 2016). Her translation works include Virus Alert by Marathi poet Hemant Divate (Alarma de Virus – Ediciones Espiral, 2012), award-winning Voces / Voci by Nicaraguan poet Claribel Alegría (Samuele Editore, 2016), and, by the same author, Amore senza fine (Edizioni Fili d’Aquilone, 2018).
She is editor of a monthly Poetry Review at MINERVA magazine.
Published Poetry Books:
Máscara del delirio (Perro Azul, 2006; Lietocolle, 2008)
Indran Amirthanayagam writes in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Haitian Creole. He has published thirteen poetry collections thus far, including The Elephants of Reckoning (Hanging Loose Press,NY,1993) which won the 1994 Paterson Prize in the United States, Uncivil war (Tsar/now Mawenzi House, Toronto,2013) and The Splintered Face: Tsunami Poems (Hanging Loose Press,NY,2008). His latest books are IL n’est de solitude quel’ile lointaine (Les Editions, Haiti,2017), Pwezi a Kat Men, written with Alex Laguerre (Delince Editions, Miami,2017), and Ventana Azul (El Tapiz del Unicornio, Mexico City,2016). Two new manuscripts, Paolo 9, a suite of poems about the case of Paolo Guerrero and the World Cup and En busca de posada are forthcoming in 2019.
Rati Saxena – Poet/ Translator/ Editor (Kritya) / Director Poetry festivals -Kritya and Vedic scholar. She has 5 collections of poetry in Hindi and two in English (Translated by poet) and one each into Malayalam, Italian, Estonian, and Vietnamese translated by other poets. Her poems have been translated into other international languages like Chinese, Albanian, Spanish, Uzbek, Indonesian, Spanish, German etc. She has a travelogue in Hindi “Cheenti ke par”, a Memoir in English “Everything is past tense “, and a criticism on the work of famous Malayalam Poet Balamaniyamma’s work. Her study on the Atharvaveda has been published as “The Seeds of the Mind- a fresh approach to the study of Atharvaveda” under the fellowship of the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts. She has translated about 12 Malayalam works, both prose and poetry, into Hindi and two poetry books of Norwegian poets, one each from Welsh, Vietnamese. She has a number of articles published regarding Indology in a number of journals. She has been invited for poetry reading in more than 22 prestigious poetry festivals around the world, among some are very popular e.g. The Struga Poetry Evening (Macedonia) (2010) the prestigious poetry festival in Medellin -Colombia (2011 and 2014), 10th Edition of “Ritratti di Poesia” Feb 2016 and China’s Moon Festival and Shanghai book fair. She is the only Indian participant in some imp poetry festivals like Iran’s Fair Poetry Festival, Iran (2014), International Istanbul Poetry Festival (IIPF) Turkey (2014), 4th international Eskisehir Poetry Festival Turkey (2014). And a Special poetry reading in A Caruna, Spain (2015), Poetry reading at Foundation Vicente Risco, at Allariz (Spain). She has also been invited to some American Universities like Mary Mount University in Los Angeles and University of Seattle (USA) to talk on Vedic poetry and recite her own poetry. She is one of founder member, and member of coordinate committee Of the World Poetry Movement. Her poem was poem been chosen in popular book of china “110 modern poems of the world”) 2015, ” Her poem was also part of space mission by Jaxa, Japan, along with 24 other poems. In 2002. She was also artist in Former Artist-in-residence at Ebenboeckhaus Munich and Artist-in-residence at Künstlerhaus Villa Waldberta. Her Awards- Fellowship by Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in 2004-5, Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation 2000, Sate Bank of Travancore Award for poetry 2001, Naji Naaman’s Literary Prizes (International) for 2016.
Eunice de Souza (1940) is the author of several books of poems. Her groundbreaking debut Fix was published in 1979 followed by Women in Dutch Painting (1988), Ways of Belonging (1990), A Necklace of Skulls (2009). Her poems are spare, unsettling, ironic, lyrical, referencing a landscape striated with relationships to city, lovers, pets and poetry itself. If Fix established her as a poet with an original and remarkable voice, learn from the Almond Leaf settles that reputation with a volume of poems more distilled, extracted, potent and ultimately utterly wise. Over the last forty years Eunice de Souza has distinguished herself as an inspirational teacher, influencing generations of undergraduates at St Xavier's College, Mumbai; as a scholar of illuminating research into poetry written in English in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and poetry written by women; as an anthologist of several important collections of poetry the latest These My Words: The Penguin Book of Indian Poetry (2012) with Melanie Silgardo. She has also written two works of fiction Dangerlok (2001) and Dev and Simran (2003) as well as several books for children. She lives in Mumbai.
Gabor Lanczkor was born in Székesfehérvár, Hungary, in 1981. He was studying in Budapest, and spent longer periods in Rome, Ljubljana and London.
He is an award-winning author with eleven published books; novels, poetry volumes, children’s books and essays. He is the guitarist of the band Médeia Fiai, and is involved in the musical project Anarchitecture.
His selected poems in English were published under the title Sound Odyssey in 2016 (Poetrywala, Mumbai).
He is living is a tiny Hungarian village with his wife and two daughters.