Born in Athens in 1952, Veroniki Dalakoura is considered one of the leading poets of her generation. Her writing shows the influence of surrealism and her books often combine verse poems, prose poems, hybrid forms, and longer narratives in provocative ways.
Besides the volumes of poetry from which this selection has been made, she is also the author of prose works: The End-Game (Nefeli, 1988), Hodler’s Painting (Agra, 2001), and One Afternoon, the Fog (Koukkida, 2018). Holder’s Painting and 26 Poems were finalists respectively for the National Prize in Prose and the National Prize in Poetry. Dalakoura is active as a literary critic, reviewing books in the leading Greek newspapers and journals, and has translated Spanish, English-language, and especially classic French writers and poets into Greek: Rimbaud, Flaubert, Stendhal, Balzac, Baudelaire, Desnos.
Her educational background is in law (University of Athens), history, and geography,
specifically as it concerns Greek refugees from the Greco-Turkish War of 1919-1922. In 1984, she wrote her doctoral thesis at the University of Montpellier on “The Installation of the Refugees of Asia Minor, Pont Euxin and Thrace in Greece: The Case of Macedonia.”
She continues to do research in this latter field. John Taylor's essay about Dalakoura, “Eros and Other Spiritual Adventures,” is included in his book Into the Heart of European Poetry (Transaction Publishers, 2008). Dalakoura lives in Athens.
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