Of Martyrs and Gorgons

Eleanor E. Kaimakliotis
 (A work of poetry)  


Like looking at a photo album while watching and listening to the kaleidoscope we recognize as today’s news, the poetry of Elenor Kaimakliotis is just such a collection. The poems are at once photographs of places visited and recordings of voices seeking, remembering, hoping, and living. Kaimakliotis’ poetry, whether spoken from the vantage point of a mountaintop, a shoreline, or a dusty plain, speaks calmly and confidently about the past, motherhood, faith, and loss. From “Birth Blows” to “Point of View”, Kaimakliotis’ poetic voice pokes fun at such diverse topics as today’s notions of parenthood and being flashed. Utilizing a dynamic female persona, the poet tweaks the nose of her ethnic background and its establishment in “Robola” and “On Principal Loss”. Using that same strong female voice, a number of Kaimakliotis” poems reveal a depth of anger and dismay over the historic and current situations of the ethnic cleansing of Smyrna and Cyprus. Some of Kaimakliotis’ poems have to be seen to be heard. In “Web” for example, we literally see ourselves depicted as ensnared by our own woven intrigues. In other poems including “Floating” and “Spring Break”, Kaimakliotis points out that meaning can be found in life, in spite of death, loss, or repression. To read Eleanor Kaimakliotis’ poetry is to read our own lives, touched as they are with tragedy and triumph, laughter and tears, and the enduring imagery of a world created for everyone.

About the Author  
Eleanor Kaimakliotis is an American of Hellenic descent. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from New York University. She has taught Advanced Placement Literature and High School English. Currently, she resides with her husband John, a gastroenterologist, and their five children in New York City.  

Published by Salonica Press, a division of Seaburn Books  
ISBN: 1885778589 Pages: 64                 Price: $10