Friday, April 3, 2009

Honoring Poet Constantine Cavafy - April 13!

From Babette Albin, the host of the Back Fence poetry readings in New York City:

What: A public reading and recitation honoring the Greek Poet, Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933)
When: April 13 - 7PM - Monday
Arrive early - usually large turn-out to free events.
Where: The Great Hall of The Cooper Union (7th Street & 3rd Avenue), NYC

Sampling of Cavafy's concise poems are on-line in translation.

Here are two examples:

As Much As You Can
Even if you cannot shape your life as you want it
at least try this: as much as you can
do not debase it in excessive contact with the world,
in excessive movements and talk.

Do not debase it by taking it, dragging it often and exposing it
to the daily folly of relationshipsand associations, until it becomes
burdensome as an alien life form.

Days of 1903
I never found them again - the things so quickly lost.
The poetic eyes, the pale face ... in the dusk of the street.
I never found them again...the things acquired quite by chance,
that I gave up so lightly. And later in agony I wanted.
The poetic eyes, the pale face.
Those lips - I never found again.

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