Kallimasioti Coast, in the port of Piraeus, gives its name to Patilis’s ninth published book of poems, which span a period of some forty years. An eminent poet, he is also a respected critical voice. His lyrical pieces, often short yet always telling, present poignant vignettes of human life drawn by a sensitive and sympathetic hand. Any social criticism or irony in these largely urban poems is tempered by the warmth and lyricism of his tone. A barefoot nipper is not singing / he’s holding a small basket of flowers / and always offers you one in silence / He doesn’t want to grow old with you / especially in that same cafe / The aged have a deep bed in their mouths / a pale lamp shines on the molar / and ceaselessly the tongue comes out and goes back / like the yellowed dictionaries on the shelves. (Ithaca Online, www.ekebi.gr).