Time stitches

Eleni Kefala, Peter Constantine (Translator)

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Winner of the State Prize for Poetry in Cyprus and the Elizabeth Constantinides Translation Prize of the Modern Greek Studies Association, these experimental linked poem-threads move across time, linking a young Cypriot to ancestors, contemporaries, and descendants through striking, disparate polyphony. In this bilingual collection of linked poems, Kefala creates a tapestry of motifs that transcend time and identity across early 20th Century Cyprus, 16th Century Scotland, a sailor on Christopher Columbus’ ship La Pinta, and more. As the poem threads draw together, it is as if the protagonist, in his travels through the twentieth century, encounters Odysseus, Cervantes, Columbus, Rembrandt, and others, all moving in multidimensional synchronicity. In this way, the readers take part in the production of meaning by pulling the threads together, stitching together their own reading of the story. Through the reading of these threads, time remains fluid, creating a masterful declaration about the function of poetry: perhaps history is nothing more than the presence of innumerable human voices, some more and some less powerful, coexisting in an eternal present.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDallas, TX
PublisherDeep Vellum
Number of pages200
ISBN (Electronic)9781646051854
ISBN (Print)9781646051847
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2022


  • Poetry


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