BiographyHaris Vlavianós strives to be innovative in his poetry, to explore new avenues; he fears public acceptance. The themes of poetry remain fairly constant over time, but the times themselves are subject to change and so is the poetry that expresses them. Vlavianós hopes to be remembered as a poet who has tried his best to keep language alive, to express his thoughts and feelings about life in as honest and vivid a manner as possible. Poetry for him is not just a matter of aesthetics; it should express individual experiences and individual views.
He has published six collections of poetry, including The Angel of History (1999) which was short-listed for the State Poetry Prize. He has also published a collection of thoughts and aphorisms on poetry and poetics entitled, The Other Place (1994). His poetry has been translated into many languages and has appeared in numerous European and American journals and anthologies. He is currently completing a book of essays, entitled Minima Poetica, to be published in the fall of 2004. His most recent collection of poems, entitled, After the End of Beauty, was published in March 2003. He is Professor of History and History of Ideas at the American College of Greece and teaches Translation Theory at the European Centre for Translation, and editor of the Greek domain of Poetry International Web.
© Hero Hokwerda, Haris VlavianósPartly translated from Dutch by Ko Kooman
[Haris Vlavianós took part in the Poetry International Festival Rotterdam 2000. Part of this text was written on that occasion.]
Peddler of Miracles (1985)
In a Manner of Speaking (1986)
Implacable Refutation (1989)
The Nostalgia of the Skies (1991)
Adieu (1996; also in English translation)
The Other Place (1994, thoughts and aphorisms)
The Angel of History (1999, also in German translation)
After the End of Beauty (2003)
Poems of Haris Vlavianós
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère