Louli Tsamantani: 'Faith?'

July 17, 2018

Editor's note

The following poem is a textual reflection on Maria Tzanakou's pieces Corrections: Faith and Failure, included in this exhibition. The word 'fyki' (Gr: φύκι), is the greek word for 'seaweed', and is also the material that Tzanakou is using to make her poetical statement in her artwork.  The word 'fyki' in this case, provides an opportunity to Tsamantani to create also a linguistic 'game' around the letter 'f'. Tsamantani examined similar poetical patterns in her book Symfonoi Ichoi (Σύμφωνοι Ήχοι, Athens: Gavriilidis Publications, 2010) - the title of which could be translated as 'consonant sounds'. 




Under her scarf
fykia like ribbons
keep tight her hair.
Fykia around her heart
warm and protect
her hope.
But her face, her face
is empty,
her eyes wide open
the deep blue failure
of the war.




Louli Tsamantani is a poet living in Athens, Greece. She has studied biology, clinical biochemistry and french literature. She has published five poetry books, and her work has been included in Greek journals and anthologies. 







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