Paperback 5.5 x 8.5 in
174 pages
ISBN: 9781926763217
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“The idea for this book has been circling the edges of my mind for years. The members of my tribe are a solitary lot and not readily attracted to acting as a group. In ages past we worked on the walls of caves. Having run out of caves we now work on canvas and wood and write on paper. This is perhaps a cautionary tale on the limits of what nature can provide. Each member of this tribe has a clear vision and strong view. Thankfully they are also blessed with the power to describe those views.
Many thanks to Manolis, friend, poet and publisher, without whose talents and enthusiasm this gem would not have seen the light of day.
It is my hope that each person who views this book will enjoy the results of our collective labours.”

Ken Kirkby

“Brushstrokes on canvas, the wood chiseling of a wood carver, or poetic images on paper, create myths that take the observer-reader to that other realm of understanding beyond the sensory world. Mythography is the result of collaboration between nine painters, a wood carver, and a poet, who, via three different forms of art, contributed equally to the compiling of this unique artistic display.
My heartfelt thanks and appreciation go to Ken Kirkby for organizing the participants and for his gesture of trust in the interpretation of these artists’ works through my poetry.”


Ken Kirkby & friends
Brian Buckrell
Nana Cook
Alan Dunfield
Daniel Francis Gray
Ronald Carl Gruber
Cindy Mawle
Bruce Muir
Dan Teloski
Cecile van Wonsel


Traffic Jam
In a lane exiting the highway
of cars with lights flickering
pastel colors and soft hues
not traffic signs or policemen
bugs and mosquito passengers
females applying make up
men arguing about roughness
of flow and all appear as gigantic
to the painter’s brush
as we do in the eyes
of enormities peeking
from their world of leviathan
down to our miniscule
like the infinite plus
gazing the infinite minus
with us
in the middle like big zeros
representing the great void of
colorful and eloquent nothing

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. His translation book George Seferis-Collected Poems was shortlisted for the Greek National Literary Awards, the highest literary recognition of Greece.
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about the painter

Ken Kirkby was born in 1940 in London, England. His family moved to Spain in 1945 and then, one year later, to Portugal where Kirkby spent his formative years. Kirkby moved to Canada in 1958 and made his way north. During a five-year period, he lived with various groups of Inuit and travelled Canada’s Far North extensively, recording the landscape, the people and the conditions in a vast collection of drawings.
On returning from the Arctic, Kirkby took up residence in Vancouver and began translating his sketches into magnificent oil paintings. His crowning achievement is a massive work titled “Isumataq”.
While he continues to present the Far North in his paintings, he has turned his attention to depicting the grandeur of the West Coast. He now lives on the shores of eastern Vancouver Island and is the president of the Nile Creek Enhancement Society, a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized for the restoration of salmon habitat in the local rivers, estuaries and adjacent sea.