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Holden Moncrieff

Updated: Mon, 14 Dec 2020 09:10 pm

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"Κι αν δεν μπορείς να κάμεις την ζωή σου όπως την θέλεις, τούτο προσπάθησε τουλάχιστον όσο μπορείς: μην την εξευτελίζεις μες στην πολλή συνάφεια του κόσμου, μες στες πολλές κινήσεις κι ομιλίες. Μην την εξευτελίζεις πηαίνοντάς την, γυρίζοντας συχνά κ' εκθέτοντάς την στων σχέσεων και των συναναστροφών την καθημερινήν ανοησία, ως που να γίνει σα μια ξένη φορτική." C.P. Cavafy

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Blog entries by Holden Moncrieff

Counterintuitive (20/06/2021)

Trapped (18/06/2021)

Quicksand (16/06/2021)

Outfoxed (14/06/2021)

Maladapted (12/06/2021)

Laconic (10/06/2021)

Mortal (08/06/2021)

Horizon Hermeneutics (06/06/2021)

Off-key (04/06/2021)

Pandora's Box (02/06/2021)

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Blog link: https://www.writeoutloud.net/blogs/holdenmoncrieff

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Begum BURAK

Fri 21st May 2021 19:02

thanks😃

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Begum BURAK

Sun 16th May 2021 04:59

Thank you!

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Annie Josephine

Mon 22nd Mar 2021 21:37

Thanks for liking my poem!

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keith jeffries

Sun 28th Feb 2021 19:09

I would like to thank you for reading and commenting on my poems. It is most kind of you. I particularly value constructive criticism as a means of helping me to improve my work.
Thank you again.

Keith

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John Marks

Sun 31st Jan 2021 16:33

i.m. C. P. Cavafy, poet


I am from Constantinople, a Byzantine by descent,

The last, the very last, Byzantine nobleman

My family lived in Constantinople before the Turks took the city in 1453.

I was born and died in the same place, Alexandria,

Egypt, on the same day, April 29th, 1863, and 1933.

I am homosexual. I died of cancer of the larynx.

I was silenced but noboby knew the difference.

There were many years between my visits to Greece

But I always loved my Hellenic inheritance..

I lived much of my childhood in England.

My last employment was as a government clerk .

I can write in Greek, English and French.

I self-published my poetry but it was unpopular

And unfashionable. I made no money from poetry.

In my poems I explore the psychology of individuals,

amidst the legacy of Greek culture, especially

Ithaca, homosexuality and Greek philosophy.

Throughout my life, and even now, I suffer

From an all-pervasive existential nostalgia.

Now my poems are taught in schools in Greece

One of my most famous poems is

Waiting for the Barbarians

Which could be about Constantinople

In the years before the Ottoman conquest.

Or could it be about the human tendency to prevaricate?

Who knows?

What’s the point of senators making laws now?

Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.

These are the sorts of words I used. I asked many questions.

Including: Do we need barbarians, even invisible ones,

To be threatening the gates of our cities? I think we do

If we want to stay alive. Be the less-deceived.

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