“In the village I come from… we have [this] amazing oral tradition of folk songs. And some older people don’t even speak the everyday language. They speak in poetry to each other. They sing couplets. In Greece, in general, we have a great tradition of poetry from Homer to Herodotus, to the modern poets. It’s like part of you. It’s in your genes. That’s how you understand the world, through a song.
Have you ever heard Ithaca? You should read it. It’s a poem by Cavafy. It’s a very, very famous poem. It’s been translated into every language. Ithaca, Ithaca… Especially being an immigrant, Ithaca means a lot to you. It’s the poem that tells you it’s about the journey. It’s not about the destination. And while you are on your journey, try to experience all these different cultures and all that your journey has to offer.”
Immigrated to Baltimore, Maryland, United States from Karpathos, Greece in 1976
Photo by Sean Scheidt
Interview by Ashley Minner, 3/22/17