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Demosthenes Agrafiotis


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            leads to the white
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            denies the color
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            poses the problem
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            exercises moderation
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            traverses poetry
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            betrays the language
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            fits the prophesy 
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            locks-up the place of divination
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            facilitates the dissolution
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            implies power
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            entrenches the occasion
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            drives the correlations 
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            collapses before the question
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            shuts the mouth
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            heals through writing
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            provokes the invisible
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            assists gods and semi-gods
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            still insists for reciprocity
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            goes “poof” and “gaah”
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            recognizes the nightingales of Delphi
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            misses the landscapes and the sunshine
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            stays afloat with nothing
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            declares internationalism a farce
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            does the hand-sign
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            imposes a noon siesta
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            makes flatlands unbearable
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            is responsible for the failure of the poem
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            is suitable for sucking up to authority
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            leads to grooming the mustache
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            accommodates blinding
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            cultivates exception
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            specifies difference
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            is responsible for rhyming
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            goes well with sour faces
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            keeps the rhythm
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            relieves boundaries from their boundaries
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            gives in to cleanliness
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            promotes the illusion of sufficiency
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            cements a friendship
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            is becoming to the absence of sadness
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            prevents the promotion of the poet
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            brings back calmness to the other sea
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            conjugates betrayal
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            does not turn into fireworks
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            renders poetic justice
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            avoids airports
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            refuses to become an allusion
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            spews out all identifications
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            is confused with its usage
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            prepares its escape to meaning
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            prostitutes its combinations
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            gets mixed up with references
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            is charged for the value of its use
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                        (Delphi, 03/21/2001
                        Lisbon, 06/21-25/2001
                        Rome, 06/26/2001)


Translated from the Greek by Angelos Sakkis.




Demosthenes Agrafiotis is active in the fields of poetry/painting/photography/intermedia/ installations and their interactions, with books of poetry and essays, and exhibitions of photography, paintings, drawings and installations, in both Greece and abroad. He has a special interest for the relations between art and new technologies, for multimedia or intermedia projects and also for performances.

His essays are dedicated to analysis of different forms of art as cultural phenomenon. He has participated in different type of artistic activities: publications, small press initiatives and mail - art / alternative - action art projects.

His anthology-formatted magazine ‘Clinamen’ (1980-90), co-published by Erato Publications in Athens (1991-94), has been active for over a decade as an amalgam of Greek poetry and art with work from Europe, Asia and America. 7 artists books were published based on 'Clinamen' (1980-1995). After 1996, ‘Clinamen’ is centered on production of artists books (18). 'Clinamen' on the web (2001-).

www.dagrafiotis.com
www.crisiology.org
www.lensculture.com/demosthenes-agrafiotis
 
 
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