Poet A.E. Stallings has lived in Athens, Greece, for the last 13 years. In 2011, she was awarded the MacArthur “genius” award and most recently published a collection titled “Olives,” which includes poems about life — both ancient and modern — in her adopted home. Titos Patrikios is one of the leading poets of Greece. Patrikios bore witness to much of Greece’s turbulence of the last century. He was active in the resistance movement against the German occupation during World War II and was tortured and jailed during the Greek civil war that followed. A comprehensive collection of Patriokios’ poetry was published in English in a volume titled “Lionsgate.”
We examine the Greek economic crisis from a different angle — from the perspective of poets, and through the prism of history, modern and ancient. Jeffrey Brown talks to poet and classicist A.E. Stallings, a resident of Athens for more than a decade, and poet Titos Patrikios, who has seen other dark times in Greek history.