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5.1 X 7.8 X 0.4 inches | 0.25 pounds

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About the Author

Phoebe Giannisi was born in Athens in 1964 and is the author of seven books of poetry, including Homerica (chosen by Anne Carson as a favorite book of 2017 in the Paris Review). She is professor of architecture and cultural studies at the University of Thessaly.
Brian Sneeden is a poet, literary translator, and editor. His translations have received an NEA Literature Translation Fellowship, the World Literature Today Translation Award for Poetry, the Constantinides Memorial Translation Prize, a PEN/Heim Translation Grant, and other recognitions.


These poems are dynamic in their visual and linguistic movement, "the agitation the ecstasy in life the ego that ricochets within the body the body within the world naked filled with emotions." Giannisi turns the quotidian into the magical in poems that push against the shifting present moment.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
Giannisi is unquestionably herself within a vanguard of Greek poets for whom self-awareness and honesty have become second nature.--Shon Arieh-Lerer "World Literature Today"
Sneeden is a meticulous translator and a poet in his own right. He brings Phoebe Giannisi's work to life with immediacy and conviction.--Edmund Keeley
Giannisi's work glitters with such fragments: minimal, direct and dense with loss.--Max Sydney Smith "Review31"
Cicada, Phoebe Giannisi's second collection to appear in English translation, offers a vibrant lyric consideration of metamorphosis, mortality, and poetry as song, all centered around the figure of the shapeshifting insect...A heightened sense of wonder, borne from a recognition of the transitory nature of life itself, pervades this collection.--Heather Green "Poetry"
Beautifully translated...The book resounds with an "alien voice from the fence of the teeth." Alien, not only because it is the song of the cicadas that is constantly evoked and lurks from underneath the pages..., but even more so because the voice here belongs to all sorts of beings, especially the non-human ones."--Cristina Pérez Díaz "Asymptote"
An intimate and utterly feminine perspective on language and regeneration.--Jessica Gigot "The New York Times"