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Tsaloumas, Dimitris

Dimitris Tsaloumas was born on the Greek island of Leros in 1921. In 1952, persecuted for his political beliefs, he left Greece for Australia. After a decade and a half of silence he began publishing his poems again in Greek and then in 1988 brought out Falcon Drinking, his first of seven books of poems written in English. His many honours include the National Book Council Award and the prestigious Patrick White Award. He divides his time between Melbourne and Leros.
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Helen Of Troy

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Helen of Troy and Other Poems is Dimitris Tsaloumas‘s last book of poems written in English. It is a book of elaborate splendour, holding within it the breathtaking sequence ‘A Winter Journey‘ that contains all the great Tsaloumas themes of the self, its world, its art, its journeys and its failures. And as always there are his great recurring symbols of the seasons, the winds, dreams, the plains and the city. Moving effortlessly between the Greek Islands and suburban Australia, these poems also cross and recross the borders of structure and chaos, life and death, inner and outer worlds, dislocation and belonging.


The Barge

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The potent, enigmatic voice of Dimitris Tsaloumas' earlier poetry is richly evident in this collection. So, too, is a warmer, more outgoing voice. It echoes clearly through the brilliant St Kilda sequence, bringing the exile/migrant poet closer to home, spiritually and physically. This development adds welcome scope to the characteristic intensity and resonance of his earlier book Falcon Drinking and the satirical Portrait of a Dog, his only other English language collections.


The Harbour

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I arrived late one summer evening from a far parapet of hills I'd seen the harbour and the ship and window-panes ablaze with the setting sun. I was glad, for it had been a long, lonely tramp. I approached the town when dusk was thickening to night but saw no lights come on, heard no dogs bark in the lanes. maybe there were no windows or they'd been shut, made fast against the flooding dark. from The Harbour "The authority of Tsaloumas resides in his language and especially in his flawless rhythms." Matt Simpson Critical Survey (UK) "A poet whose voice we very much need now at the river-edge of our millennium." Paul Kane, World Literature Today (USA) "Weight and dignity of utterance that transforms the private and personal into a public declaration." John Barnes