Reviews & Interviews
Q&A with Rachel Hadas
The Conversant, Q&A with Jane Satterfield
RUIN, Essays in Exilic Living
Journal of Modern Greek Studies
World Literature Today
Foreword Book Review
The Broome Street Review
PASSION MAPS, poems
for PASSION MAPS,
from the Round Robin Interwiews on Lois
Marie Harrod's blog.
review by Scott Hightower.
review by Jeffrey Carson.
review by Hilary Sideris for JHD.
BROKEN GREEK, a language to belong
by Juanita Watson, Assistant Editor of Reader
Anglo-Hellenic Review (spring 2007).
An American poet, repatriated in the land of her ancestors,
Adrianne Kalfopoulou is a consummate storyteller. Lucid, precise,
and unflinching, Broken Greek stands up to comparison with
previous accounts of the Greek experience, with great style.
It’s a lively and poignant journey to the gods and demons
of present-time Greece.
Stratis Haviaras, author
of When the Tree Sings and The Heroic Age
Unlike other writers on modern Greece, Adrianne Kalfopoulou
gives us a powerful non-fiction narrative that goes against
the romantic notions that most people have of this country.
Her sensitivity to the verbal noise that hovers around the
Hellene like a cartoon bubble transforms important decisions
(buying that lovely island house, getting into a car accident,
applying for a teaching job at the Greek university, raising
a hybrid daughter), into a transcendent read.
Nicholas Papandreou, author
of A Crowded Heart
What happens when the common things of everyday life become
a constant negotiation of one’s place in one’s world? This
is the predicament of the migrant, of the millions of people
who try to make their life in a different place. This book
is full of love, and yet also full of frustration and anger:
Adrianne Kalfopoulou desires to be a part of this world of
ancestry, but is forced to admit she can’t, that one cannot
enter the same river twice.
Jose Itzigsohn, Brown University
In Broken Greek, Adrianne Kalfopoulou takes us beyond the
whitewash into the heart of Greek culture, as well as its
spleen. She guides us through the labyrinth of Athenian and
Patmian streets and creates a map of the contradictory Greek
psyche. People argue loudly in public, are fatalistic about
politics and the law while family and neighbors unconditionally
help their own. In her vividly wrought odyssey she learns
that “Greece eats her children,” but also how to speak “a
language of vulnerability.”
WILD GREENS, poems
Wild Greens is an elegiac volume where the history and lives
of the people of Greece and its islands are honestly, memorably,
and lovingly portrayed.
Jon Tribble, Crab Orchard
The poems breathe with a pulsing Greece…Love and its many
wings of sorrow and sensuality and puzzlement and beauty and
defiance become the probing ground.
Joseph Geever, Solo
At the center of almost every poem is grief over the past’s
passing, the ache at trying to hold on to values and moments
that give life meaning.
Joseph Powell, Valparaiso
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A Discussion of the Ideology...The
- European Association for American Studies
of American Studies of Turkey