(TIME OF THE POET PROFILES 10 GREEK W0MEN POETS TO PROMOTE LITERARY TOLERANCE , EXCHANGE , LOVE AND UNITY AMONG GLOBAL POETS): Poet , Writer , Cultural activist and literary arts producer in Greece Dr. ZACHAROULA GAITANAKI is a great comrade of literary valor . She is definitely of a women of resilience, she has compiled poems, photos and short profiles of 10 Greek Women Poets. The sister poets will be featured in the TIME OF POET PROFILES as a collection .This is highly recommendable. It promotes tolerance, unity, peace, love and exchange among poets. TIME OF THE POET PROFILES seek to expose , inspire and grow the poetry fraternity as much as it continues to promote poetry as a formidable voice of humanity . Poetry remains the medium of message AND vehicle of communication. Comrades Despite all challenges Greece is facing. Greece remains the hot spring of civilization, a hotspot of cultural diligence and a honey pot of literary excellence. The TEN COMRADES SISTER POETS INCLUDE , ELENI I. GRIVAS, ANDRIANA KARAMITROS, CHRYSSA BAFOUTSOU, MARY KOULENTIANOU, THEODORA KOUFOPOULOU, ZANNETA KALYVA – PAPAIOANNOU, CHRISTINA IATROU-SOITARIDIS, NATASSA MARATOU, ZACHAROULA GAITANAKI .For more TIME OF THE POET PRPFILES ,follow miombopublishing.wordpress.com OR Contact the CURATOR MBIZO CHIRASHA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Zacharoula Gaitanaki was born in Athens on November 30th, 1966. Now, she is a small farmer and lives with her family in Arcadia. She writes poems, articles, short stories, essays, novels and review of book. She is also a translator of books of poetry. She is a life member of the “World Academy of Arts and Culture” / “World Congress of Poets” (which awarded her the title of the Honorary Doctor of Literature), of the IWA, the “WPS”, the “Poetas del Mundo” and the “Asociacion Mundial de Escritores. She has published twelve books & 4 e-books.
Poets do not struggle
with bullets and knives,
they write verses, sing
and extend their hands.
They yield in inspiration
in the hours of loneliness,
they count with verses and strophes
fine weathers and storms.
Poets do not love
simply for love.
They write verses for naked bodies
before they touch them.
They are absorbed by love and swim
in love’s depths
and after, they write poems
for “the moment” that is lost…
I still remember
that August afternoon at Sounio.
The waves to engrave the reef,
tourists taking photographs
of the eternal marbles of the temple,
the breeze mixing up our hair.
Love playing hide and seek
between the columns
and our the gaze
absorbing by endless blue.
A summer remembrance
– of a transient love –
an August afternoon at Sounio.
Natassa Maratou was born in Athens on November 23rd, 1967. She works in the Municipality of Ilion. Her origin is from Kefalonia island. She has been involved in dance for 18 years, but from 2014 until now has won her the amateur theater. She writes small poems for her family and friends. She has published with 3 other poets, the e-books “Wedding Eve of a feast” (December 2018) and “The engagement” (2019).
For you that you promised me
flowers with a look
and it was late when I understood
that you were a lie…
But I do not give up my life.
Women like me
Know how to fight
without help in the arena.
CHRISTINA IATROU – SOITARIDIS,
Mrs. CHRISTINA IATROU – SOITARIDIS was born on September 7, 1944, in the historic and beautiful peninsula of Chalkidiki in Greece. She is a member of the Literary Associations in Australia (“Antipodes”, “O Logos”), of the “Union of Greek Writers”, of the “International Society of Greek Writers and Artists” and of the «Poetas del Mundo» – «Poets of the World». She has published two collections of poetry.
Poets and writers, whatever religion you believe,
a desire unites you for a just society.
You are lovers of speech, dreamers of right
and moral principles, helpers for all the people.
Writers unite and raise the standards,
their folds now open,
disseminate PEACE in every place.
Dr. ZANNETA KALYVA – PAPAIOANNOU,
Dr. ZANNETA KALYVA-PAPAIOANNOU was born in Larissa. She comes from Vachlia, a small Arcadian village. She is poetess and author. Her work has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines. Her poems there are in Anthologies and have been translated in English, Chinese, Albanian, Italian, Spanish and Korean. Her writing has won international and national prizes. She is a member of the WAAC/WCP (which awarded her the title Doctor of Literature), of the IWA, of the “Union of Greek Writers”, of the “WPS”, of the Accademia Ferdinandea (Italy), of the Literary Club “Xasteron”, of the Literary Club of Helioupolis, of the International Society of Greek Writers & Artists, of the «Poetas del Mundo» («Poets of the World») and many social Associations of Greece. She referred in the American “Who’s Who” and in “I. B. of Cambridge” (U.K.). She has published the books: “MEMORIES”, narrative stories from her childhood, Athens 2001. “A LIFE’S NOTES”, poems (Greek-English), Athens 2002. “LIFE’S ESSENCE”, poems and short stories, Athens 2003 and “WITH MY HEART’S WINGS”, a collection of poems (Greek, Chinese, Italian, English and French), Athens 2005& 2007.
TO MY SON YIANNIS
I love you so much,
as long as the vastness
I love you so much,
as much as the depth
of the sea!
I love you so much,
as long as oxygen exists
on the planet.
I love you so much,
as long as sun rises
and night calms the Earth!
THEODORA KOUFOPOULOU – HELIOPOULOU,
THEODORA KOUFOPOULOU – HELIOPOULOU was born in Spathari, an Arcadian village. She writes poems, short stories, essays and articles. Her poems have been translated in English, French, Italian, Chinese and Albanian and have won prizes in panhellenic and international literary competitions. She is a member of the “International Society of Greek Writers and Artists”, of the “Union of Greek Writers”, of POETAS DEL MUNDO and of the “Union of Historical Writers”. She has published four poetry collections and two folklore’s books.
BEAMS OF LIGHT
We are beams of light.
Come to be
the vast Sun
All of us we are accountable
for its beauty.
MARY KOULENTIANOU was born in Argos, Peloponnese, in 1946. She is a Greek contemporary poetess and painter. She was a member of “Lyceum Club of Greek Women” in Argos. She is a member of the Poetas del Mundo. In her painting she portrays the reality of everyday life. Images, people, sceneries, colors, beauty, thoughts, visions and hopes inspired her to write her beautiful poems.
Very lucky is the one who will be able
to open the cellar of the soul
if he finds it enjoyable
he should keep the key.
With that key to open it,
when he feels loneliness
every heartache will go away
so the heart will be lighter.
Sadness, pain to sow
passion, hidden happiness
tightly to hold
the dreams he wants.
Chryssa Bafoutsou was born in Malesina, Fthiotida. She is a private sector employee. She loves writing and poetry. She writes from 14 years old. She especially loves Udysseus Elytis’ poetry. She writes lyrics and fairy tales. Two collections of poetry by her are in the press. She believes that “Poetry makes our life more beautiful.”
IT’S YOU IN LOVE WITH ME
You are standing
On the edge of a bit …
If you take the step
you are elsewhere …
and someone else…
Are the jasmines left alone?
You are standing there.
In… a lot of life!
…It’s you in love with me!
Andriana Karamitros was born in Mikro Souli, a small village in Serres, Greece. She moved to Australia with her parents at a young age. Since then, Andriana has been writing poetry. Since March 2016, she is a member of the «Poetas den Mundo» – «Poets of the World». She has published two books entitled “Subjects without lies” and the children’s book “Come to become friends”. Both books include her illustrations. Andriana is a fashion designer and has a great passion for art. Every year she takes part in art exhibitions to exhibit her paintings.
Words that hit
like belts in your ears.
Stings, like salt on a wound.
Heavy, like iron.
Injures, like a gun.
Stabs, like a knife.
Hard, like a rock.
Hits, like a slap.
Cuts, like a razer.
Passes through you, like a bullet.
Ripping you , like a sickle.
Hurts, like stinging words.
ELENI I. GRIVAS,
Mrs. Eleni I. Grivas was born in Kato Tithorea Lokridas. She is a member of the “International Society of Greek Writers” and of the “World Poets Society”. She has published the collection of poetry entitled “PICTURES of LIFE” (Lamia 2010). Her poetry is simple, lyric, with sage comments and messages.
Life shows us other things
and different it is displaying,
sometimes shows the joy
and others the grieves.
Life isn’t a game,
it has bitterness and grief,
it has tribulations,
TIME OF THE POET CURATOR
MBIZO CHIRASHA is the 2019 International Fellow (literary activism) of the International Human Rights Arts,New York (IHRAF2019). Recipient of Global Literary Influencer Certificate of Merit by
Directorio Mundial de Escritores through Academia Mundial de
Literatura, Historia, Arte y Cultura (2018). Recipient of PEN Deutschland
Exiled Writer Grant (2017) Literary Arts Projects Curator, Writer in
Residence, Blogs Publisher, Arts for Human Rights/Peace Activism
Catalyst, Social Media Publicist and Internationally Anthologized
Writer. Recipient of the EU-
Horn of Africa Defend Human Rights Defenders Protection Fund (2017). Resident
Curator of 100 Thousand Poets for Peace-Zimbabwe. Originator of
Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Movement. Curator of the MiomboPublishing and Brave Voices Poetry Journal( miombopublishing.wordpress.com) .Contributor to Zimbolicious Poetry publications in Zimbabwe edited by Tendai Rinos Mwanaka. African Contributor to the Table of
Words Demer Press International Poetry anthology edited by Hannie
Rouweler in Netherlands (2018-2019). Solidarity Member of Global Alliance for
Politics and Arts (2017). African Participant to the 2014-2020 World Poetry
Almanac Anthologies series in Mongolia edited by Hadaa Sendoo( 2015-2020).
Co-Editor of German Africa Bilingual Collection (http://www.street-voice.de/SV7/SVissue7.html). with German
International Translator Andreas Weiland (2016)
Young Zimbabwean Literary Delegate to the Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden (2003
presented at Nordic Africa institute, Swedish Writers union, SIDA
Diplomatic luncheon , Radio Dialogue , Swedish International library
Association , Sweden National Education Summit).Jury Member of the International Images Film Festival (2013-2014). Artist in Residence of the Shungunamutitima International Film Festival (2015).
Poet in residence
of ICACD International Conference of Africa Culture and Development
courtesy of African Culture Development Institute (2009) . Participant of UNESCO Photo Novel Intensive Training( Tanzania and France 2009).Founder of the
GirlchildCreativity Project ( 2010) The African Drums Poetry Festival ( 2007).The Young Writers Caravan( 2004) Curator of MIOMBOPUBLISHING,
miombopublishing.wordpress.com and PERSONALITIES OF