Paperback 5.5 x 8.5 in
116 pages
ISBN: 9780981073590
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“Mirrors let the supernatural invade reality. While the moon watches, the wind takes you away and changes everything in a world contained in a relentless search for meaning, for reasons to live, for reasons to die. It all happens in July and in the spring that followed the winter of lost things.

In this world, flowers, birds and ladybugs are symbols of hope and contemplation. This is a vast landscape and the music in the words carries you to distant times and places with non-assuming honesty.

It’s a journey in and out of life and death–and of all the places in between.”

Luisa Maria Celis
author of Arrows in the Sky

“Delving into Manolis’ Rendition takes one on an emotional adventure of heartache and joy guided by the steadying hand of Nature, herself. The images are raw and infused with the blackest of humanity’s pain juxtaposed by the brightest joy of life. The images are vivid and startling, speaking to one’s very soul. Raw sexuality is intermingled with the most tender of emotions: a true kaleidoscope of life moments woven together beautifully. The mystical and the mundane skip through the pages to rest in the fullness of being. Rendition is as vivid as a painting, brightness and darkness intermingled in a story that tells the very core of life experience itself.”

Cathi Shaw
PhD Candidate in Education, Simon Fraser University


Your theorem filters sun rays
behind your mask of guilt
like veiled greed
your dream succumbs to anger

Now on the wet sandbar
moon walking to mark your path
a limping crab
young osprey laughs at

like sun that backs into clouds
behind your shadowed thought
and bandaged hatred
entombed hope aching for Easter

Now on the wet sandbar
you outline your path nervously
crab moon-walking
at whom a young osprey laughs
Sixth Paradox
The numbing kiss of north wind
bores through your skin like
comfortable suburb monotone
gouging down your dream slow
motion buss of axiom
honeybees construct a
tumult before they dive
in honey pot grayish fraying
shroud dresses your goal
a piece of anthracite not quite
splendor of diamond substitutes
epiphany with temporal myth
druggie cycled in
masochist escapism

The van and its red crescent emblem
siren squeals life’s worth
adrenaline tattooing
memory’s eardrum
in a desert wilderness
pieces of flesh picked up and
packed off in burlap
leftovers from a human tempest
scraps of
woman child
these are a fighter’s ribs
houses lock their doors
windows shutter while
intense silence smolders
the imam climbs slowly to the
globe apex of the minaret
moment right
to call the faithful to prayer
God is generous
some faithful for some bombs.

about the author

Manolis (Emmanuel Aligizakis) is a Greek-Canadian poet and author who has written three novels and numerous collections of poetry. His articles, poems and short stories in both Greek and English have appeared in various magazines and newspapers in Canada, United States, Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, Australia, and Greece. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, Romanian, Swedish, German, Hungarian languages and has been published in book form or in magazines in various countries.
A translation book by Manolis, ‘George Seferis-Collected Poems’ was shortlisted for the Greek National Literary Awards.
Manolis heads Libros Libertad, an unorthodox and independent publishing company that he founded in 2006 with the mission of publishing literary books.
He was recently appointed an honorary instructor and fellow of the International Arts Academy, and awarded a Masters for the Arts in Literature.
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