Eleni Tzatzimaki

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Eleni Tzatzimaki first aappeared as a poet in 2009 at the age of 23. Her first collection “The magic of upthrust’’ was well received by the critics and made her a nominee for the “Diavazo” magazine New Poets Award in 2010. Described as “a new and mature poetic voice”, Eleni’ s first collection is dealing with the human situation in a subtly lyrical way that leads to the revelation of feelings at their own discretion.


In 2012, her second book “Beyond Adulthood” turns to be Eleni’ s adjustment to the new self in the adult world: her poems are the bitter confession of a defeat, this of getting older while taking distance from innocence. Romantic love becomes carnal, frustration and personal obsessions seem to be undeniable. Cryptical and allusive, Eleni records this stepping up of the new reality both in a harsh and tender way.


“Who does a story belong to?”, in 2015, highlights Eleni’s political agony towards the relation between history and the individual. Are we the victims of History or History is our victim? Barbarism, Nazism, social injustice confront revolutionists’ visions, most of them women that fought against fascism and dictatorship in their country. Brecht’s “Love is like war; it always finds a way’’ is the moto of the book. With an eye from the collective to the individual, Eleni deals with big questions that have yet no answer for her. Her poetic voice is realistic and what makes poetry come out is life’s antitheses themselves.


“The twin paradox: a poetic transcription to Giorgos Heimonas” is Eleni’s fourth poetic collection, in 2018. It is an innovative attempt for her to develop a poetic form where poetry and creative thinking go together: based on the texts of one of the most acclaimed greek modernists, Giorgos Heimonas, Eleni tries to decode his torrential texts that come straight for the world of unconsciousness by transcribing them, in a metaphorical way, through her personal poetic style. In this way, Eleni creates a dialogue between different literary genres, while underlining the role of Perception in literature. “The twin paradox’’ is dedicated to the memory of Giorgos Heimonas.