My house is falling apart
bricks fly over bricks
butterflies get drunk in light
paintings and photos in golden frames
drop off the walls
as in Saint Bartholomew’s night
when the silver horn called the hunters
to feast on memories
‘The poems of this book offer a hospitable roof under which the reader is invited to find shelter, under which the reader will heal his daily wounds, simply by going beyond them into the philosophical realm of the poet now enriched by images from the poet’s kaleidoscope where colors and shapes dissolve and fuse into each other only to recreate and reshape harmony and order.’
about the author
ION DEACONESCU was born in Targu Logresti, Romania in 1947. He studied at the University of Bucharest where he obtained his PhD in philology. He served as professor of Political Sciences, Philosophy, and Geography at the University of Craiova. He has been Dean for International Relations of the same university, president of the Mihai Eminescu International Academy, President of the Pro East Association of International Studies and Director of the publishing company Europa. He’s a member of the Union of Writers of Romania, member of the Association of Romanian Journalists, member of the International Association of Romanian Writers and Artists USA, member of the Research and Advisory Council of the American Institute of Biographies, member of the Academy of Culture and Poetry of Mongolia and is an honorary member of Docleau Academy of Sciences and Arts of Montenegro. He has won numerous (over thirty) Prizes and Recognitions in Romania for his contribution to Romanian arts and culture, and many Prizes from other countries such as Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Japan, Cuba, Serbia, Belgium, Turkey, Italy, and he has been named Laureate of Mihai Eminescu International Poetry Festival. He has written many books of poetry, prose, articles, essays, reviews and he has translated literature that has been published throughout Europe, North America, and Asia.
OLIVER FRIGGIERI was born in Floriana, Malta, in 1947. He studied at the bishop’s seminary and he graduated from the University of Malta where he acquired a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s in Maltese, Italian and Philosophy. In 1978 he acquired a Doctorate in Maltese Literature and Literary Criticism from the Catholic University of Milan, Italy. Friggieri began his teaching career in 1968 by teaching Maltese and Philosophy in secondary schools. Then, in 1976, he moved on teaching Maltese at the University of Malta, first as Assistant Lecturer, then as Lecturer, and later as Associate Lecturer. In 1988 he was chosen Head of the Department of Maltese. He became Professor in 1990. In the meantime, between 1970 and 1971 Friggieri was very active in Malta’s Literary Revival Movement. He was on the editorial board of Il-Polz, a Maltese literary periodical, of which he became editor. He co-founded Is-Saghtar, a children’s literary and cultural magazine, and remained on its editorial board ever since. In 1971 he collaborated in the establishment of a publishing house, Maltese Book Club, which facilitated the publishing of books in Maltese. He has been the editor of the Journal of Maltese Studies since 1980. He’s also a Member of the Association Internationale des Critiques Litteraires of Paris, France.
In 2008 Friggieri published his autobiography. Friggieri is the author of innumerable books. These include dictionaries of literature, oratories, cantatas, literary criticism, literary biographies, and anthologies of his own poetry. Particular mention should be given to Malta’s national poet, Dun Karm Psaila, of whom Friggieri is an uncontested expert. Friggieri also significantly contributed essays on Peter Caxaro and Michael Anthony Vassalli.
MANOLIS (Emmanuel Aligizakis) is a Cretan-Canadian poet and author. He’s the most prolific writer-poet of the Greek diaspora. At the age of eleven he transcribed the nearly 500 year old romantic poem Erotokritos, now released in a limited edition of 100 numbered copies and made available for collectors of such rare books at 5,000 dollars Canadian: the most expensive book of its kind to this day. He was recently appointed an honorary instructor and fellow of the International Arts Academy, and awarded a Master’s for the Arts in Literature. He is recognized for his ability to convey images and thoughts in a rich and evocative way that tugs at something deep within the reader. Born in the village of Kolibari on the island of Crete in 1947, he moved with his family at a young age to Thessaloniki and then to Athens, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences from the Panteion University of Athens. After graduation, he served in the armed forces for two years and emigrated to Vancouver in 1973, where he worked as an iron worker, train labourer, taxi driver, and stock broker, and studied English Literature at Simon Fraser University. He has written three novels and numerous collections of poetry, which are steadily being released as published works. 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, Jordan, Serbia and Greece. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, Romanian, Swedish, German, Hungarian, Ukrainian, French, Portuguese, Arabic, Turkish, Serbian, Russian, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, languages and has been published in book form or in magazines in various countries. He now lives in White Rock, where he spends his time writing, gardening, traveling, and heading Libros Libertad, an unorthodox and independent publishing company which he founded in 2006 with the mission of publishing literary books. His translation book “George Seferis-Collected Poems” was shortlisted for the Greek National Literary Awards the highest literary recognition of Greece. In September 2017 he was awarded the First Poetry Prize of the Mihai Eminescu International Poetry Festival, in Craiova, Romania.