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Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke’s collection of poetry, Losing Appetite for Existence, is enormously cohesive, each poem illustrating another aspect of “losing one’s taste, one’s appetite”, a theme apparent from the opening poem, as if the poet wanted to get to the heart of the matter right from the start, to make it clear that a large part of the tastelessness of existence, her loss of appetite for it, was in fact the loss of being personally aroused by her encounter with the world.
About the Author:
Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke was born in Athens in 1939, has published 20 collections of her own poetry and tetra-lingual has translated well-known English, French and Russian poets into Greek. She received grants from the Ford Foundation in 1972. 1n 1975, she studied at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. was Fulbright Visiting Lecture in the United States in 1980-81 and taught at Harvard, the University of Utah and San Francisco State University. She has twice (1985, 2012) won the Greek National Prize for poetry and the Greek Academy’s Award in 2000. She has been the subject of numerous studies, notably those of Karen Van Dyck and Hatto Fischer.
About the Translator:
Philip Ramp (b. 1940) was born in Michigan and attended the University of Michigan. He has lived in Greece for over 50 years. He has published 15 collections of his own poetry and an equal number of collections of Greek poets in English translation. Both his poetry and his translations from the Greek have been published in the USA, UK and Greece.