The Lions' Gate introduces English readers to a crucial voice in world poetry. Titos Patrikios is a poet of witness and engagement. A member of the intellectual left in post-war Greece, he survived imprisonment, hard labor, censorship, and exile. He narrowly escaped death by firing squad, and once had to bury his poems to keep them from discovery by the authorities. Patrikios endured years away from his home country, Greece, and was displaced from his family and literary community. His style bears the marks of that pressure and of his persistent need to pursue what might suffice in spite of such predicaments. At times reminiscent of Hikmet, Neruda, and Milosz, Patrikios's poems sound a note of defiant celebration. This poet's ethos is utterly humanistic and his impulses are toward praise as often as they are toward protest.
About the Author
Titos Patrikios was born in Athens in 1928. He studied law at the University of Athens, and sociology and philosophy at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and the Sorbonne, respectively. During the military dictatorship following the Greek Civil War he was sent to detention camps in Makronissos and Ai-Stratis, and later exiled to Paris in 1959 and again to Rome from 1967 to 1975. Patrikios has published fifteen collections of poetry and three books of prose. He received Greece’s National Prize for Literature in 1994. His poetry is well known and widely translated in Europe. This collection represents the most complete publication of his work in English.