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Poems: a selection (English-Greek)

Antigone Kefala
Poems: a selection (English-Greek)
(original poems in English and translated into Greek by Helen Nickas, Dimitris Tsaloumas, John Vasilakakos and Erma Vassiliou)
118pp ISBN 0 9586390 2 7
Date of publication: 2000

The poems in this book were selected to reflect the diasporic experience. Antigone Kefala, a Greek from Romania and living in Australia, has lived her life moving between (or within) different languages, cultures and countries. As the editor’s note states, the poems capture artistically and intellectually the two most significant phenomena of the twentieth century: wars and migration. The selection was made from all previous collections by Kefala: The Alien, Thirsty Weather, European Notebook and Absence.

Antigone Kefala was born in Romania of Greek parents and has lived in Sydney since 1960. Her poetry publications include Absence: new and selected poems (Hale & Iremonger, 1992, 1998). Her prose works include The Island (Hale & Iremonger, 1984), Alexia: a tale of two cultures (John Ferguson, 1984); bilingual and trilingual versions of Alexia and The Island (Owl, 1995 and 2002) as well as her latest Summer Visit: three novellas (Giramondo 2002).