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nicholas samarasNicholas Samaras was born in Wimpole Park, Rudyard Kipling’s old estate in Arrington, England. He was raised in the neighbouring village of Foxton, England. On his father’s side, he is from Patmos, Greece (the “Island of the Apocalypse”) and, at the time of the Greek Junta  (“Coup of the Generals”)  was brought in exile to be raised in America in Woburn, Massachusetts. He’s lived in England, Wales, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Yugoslavia, Jerusalem, thirteen states in America, and he writes from a place of permanent exile.  His first book, Hands of the Saddlemaker, won The Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in America. His next book is American Psalm, World Psalm, forthcoming in 2014 from Ashland Poetry Press. Samaras writes for a world-view and for a world-dialogue.


 

 

 

 

 

All the Homes of My Life, in Which I Live Simultaneously

 

For every house we moved from in our lives,

a part of us still lives there.

For every town and house, our minds go

back and inhabit a part of us that never left.

 

You have your names of towns, like glass beads

on a fingered rosary. I have my names of towns

like houses that time made familiar:  Foxton,

Woburn, Requa, Quincy, Cheyenne . . .

 

my  worry-rope going on for the years

my childhood thought unstable

but age has made comfortable:  that kind

of calling to go back to where you linger.

 

I ferried my family to Foxton

to show them my life at four years old: 

the war memorial, the old printing press,

my faithful neighbours still alive in the decades.

 

At Four Dryden Cottage, there were new toys

strewn in the tiny front yard. Yet still I lived there

as we motored back to the airport.

It doesn’t matter who owns it now. All of us, alike.

 

I look back on every house I ever lived in,

and memory lets me live in them simultaneously,

running through each sunlit room, calling

for my father and making my place.

 

 

 

 

 

©2013 Nicholas Samaras

 

 

 

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