National Poetry Month: Greek Poets – Lia Siomou

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, we’ve curated another collection featuring Greek poets. This week, meet Greek-American poet Lia Siomou.


National Poetry Month 2017: Celebrating Greek Poets

Welcome to our latest series, in honor of National Poetry Month, celebrating the work of Greek poets.

From Sappho to Ritsos, Greeks have always had a way with words. In celebration of National Poetry Month, we have collected some delightful and moving poems by contemporary Greek poets.We’ll spotlight a different writer each week. We hope you enjoy this series.

This week, we present Greek-American Poet Lia Siomou. Lia selected the following poem, “Paradise Lost”, written in 2000, because, she says, “it’s one that always stirs the heart of the audience”.

 

Lia Siomou Greek Poets 2017
Greek Poet Lia Siomou

Paradise Lost by Lia Siomou

Glimpses of light

in the midst of the dark

That’s what

miserable heart you are.

Dark is what

you are staring at

Desolate, lonely

abandoned heart

 

Glimpses of light

of a glory past

Maybe a smile

so faint hélas!

To get you through

your days hélas

 

Hide in the shadows

of the deep chagrin

In the clouds of the storm

surrounding you

stand alone in the middle

of this atrocious cyclone

 

Hide in the shadows

of the yellow moon

The agony, the grief

of the enduring wound.

 

Move as the shadows move

veiling the torment, veiling pain

trying to hide the anguish, in vain..

 

Hide, hide. Far from the truth

that binds in horror

The dreams of your youth

 

Unspoken and bitter, resentful truth!

 

***This poem was set to music by Dr. Athanasios Zervas

 

Related: Greek-American Poet Katie Aliferis: Channeling the Muse

 

Meet Lia Siomou

Lia Siomou was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University. Lia came to the U.S. to pursue her graduate studies at Michigan State University (MSU), where she received her Master’s degree in Science (Biochemistry).

She has worked as a researcher both at MSU and Northwestern University. Lia then worked for 18 years as a scientist with the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) at Argonne National Laboratory, located in the Chicago suburbs.

During the course of her career, Lia found she needed a creative outlet. She felt the desire to write, and in 1995, began to compose her poetry. Lia said that she believes the seeds were sown in her teen years, when she’d stay up all night reading the poetry of Victor Hugo in the original French. Although all her published collections are in Greek, she has written many poems in English.

The prolific poet has published six poetry collections, Erodios, Alkyonides, Magiostefano, Spondi Oneirou, En gi erimo, and Attica. Her books, published in Greece by two prominent publishing houses (Dodoni, and Gavrielides), have received excellent reviews by well-known poets and authors. Her work has also been praised by Greek-American press.

Several years ago, Lia participated in an event at the Field Museum in Chicago that celebrated Dante’s Divine Comedy. Among 7 poets from different countries, she represented Greece, and recited her poem, “Take Me With You”. The event’s light and sound installation, “Divina Natura”, which illuminated the exterior of the museum, was designed by internationally-renowned artist, Marco Nereo Rotelli.

During the last few years, Lia has partnered with Dr. Athanasios Zervas, composer and professor at the University of Macedonia Greece, who set 4 of her poems to music. He’s presented the songs at concerts at the Athens Conservatory; Northwestern University; Chicago State University; University of Thessaloniki; Odeion School of Music in Skokie, IL; Hellenic American Academy in Deerfield, IL; and throughout the Chicago area.


Connect with Lia Siomou: Facebook


National Poetry Month 2016:

National Poetry Month: Greek-American Poets – Georgia Kolias

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National Poetry Month: Greek-American Poets – Alexandra Kostoulas

National Poetry Month: Greek-American Poets – Georgia Bellas

Maria A. Karamitsos

Maria A. Karamitsos

Founder & Editor at WindyCity Greek
For 10 years, Maria served as the Associate Editor and Senior Writer for The Greek Star newspaper. Her work has been published in GreekCircle magazine, The National Herald, GreekReporter, HarlotsSauce Radio, Women.Who.Write, and more. Maria has contributed to three books: Greektown Chicago: Its History, Its Recipes; The Chicago Area Ethnic Handbook; and the inaugural Voices of Hellenism Literary Journal.
Maria A. Karamitsos

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