The Brazen Plagiarist
Literary Studies

Series Information
The Margellos World Republic of Letters

The Brazen Plagiarist

Selected Poems

  • Kiki Dimoula; Translated by Cecile Inglessis Margellos and Rika Lesser


“These beautiful poems are reflections of a cloudy sky in earthly words. Their rays of light, also, their reasons for hope."—Yves Bonnefoy

"One of the foremost and most original poets writing in Greek, Kiki Dimoula always surprises. These fine translations capture her subtle mastery of the poetic art."—Peter Constantine, translator of Sophocles’ Three Theban Plays

"Dimoula's work is at once accessible in its themes: notably grief, that of the widow in particular, mortality, an agnostic petitioning of the gods, and a complex interrogation of the universe. It is high time her work is made available in English."—Marilyn Hacker, author of Names and Unauthorized Voices

“Kiki Dimoula augments our perception of what is and why it cannot always be sufficient. Thanks to her skillful artificers, Cecile Inglessis Margellos and Rika Lesser, this generous selection from her main body of work is now open to the world.”—Stratis Haviaras, author of When the Tree Sings

“Translated by Cecile Inglessis Margellos and Rika Lesser, this selection of poetry spanning sixty years of Kiki Dimoula’s oeuvre records a continuous effort to understand, indeed to create the meaning of a hidden existence as a poet. The motif of the photograph and its relation to time, memory and loss is omnipresent here. I take extreme pleasure in discovering Dimoula’s surrealism of grammar and syntax, a consistent sensibility throughout the work in this fine new selection from the entire career of this great Greek poet.”—Richard Howard