Munster Literature Centre
Ionad Litríochta an Deisceart

Selected Poems


Selected Poems

Southword Editions, 2005.
Poems by Kyriakos Charalambides. Translated from Greek by Greg Delanty.


Kyriakos Charalambides is a Greek Cypriot whose work sings in the odes of western culture, yet is most at home upon the stage of Greek civilisation. He specifically speaks in the tradition of the Modern Greek poets Cavafy, Seferis and Elytis, but in his own Cypriot register. Kyriakos Charalambides is the recognised voice of Cyprus since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

What the critics have said:

“One of those rare poets whose works will endure for centuries.” -The Penniless Press

“He writes in the tradition of modern Greek poets like Cavafy, George Seferis and Odysseus Elytis, but finds his own voice and style. Delanty presents these short to medium-length poems in clear, vivid English.” – The Bloomsbury Review

“The poems here are wonderfully lyrical and imaginative, the language working in a way undreamt of in current Irish poetry- one reason we need to read more translations.” -Books Ireland