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Age of Paradise

Age of Paradise



Stratis Paschalis

Gavriilidis Editions, 2008
106 p.
ISBN 978-960-336-373-6, [In Print]
Price € 7,42

Perhaps the finest lyric poet of his generation, Stratis Paschalis once again raises the bar for poetic expression in contemporary Greece. His ninth collection in just over three decades, Paschalis’s latest work, Age of Paradise, astounds the reader with the power and colour of its imagery and the clarity and music of its language. His poetic stance is best summed up in his own words: “When you engage in poetry you experience an internal adventure in which fantasy and reality become intertwined and validate one another, occasionally giving you a sense of true life. If you succeed in transmitting this experience to your fellow man through a magical game of words, you become liberated from yourself and actually perform a service of love. In this way death no longer has meaning…” The present collection ends with an 18-page poem (Restoration of a Mural), which constitutes a veritable tour de force. (Ithaca Online, www.ekebi.gr)

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