Penelope's Confession, Bilingual Edition
Gail Holst-Warhaft has long been one of our leading interpreters of ancient and modern Greek life, literature, and music. Author of Road to Rembetika (1975, 2nd ed. 2005), Theodorakis: Myth and Politics in Modern Greek Music (1980), and Dangerous Voices: Women's Laments and Greek Literature (1992), translator of The Collected Poems of Nikos Kavadias (1987) and I Had Three Lives: Selected Poems of Mikis Theodorakis (2004), she now emerges as a poet in her own right.
It would be her best work –the narrow ship bristlingwith tiny black oarsdipped in an indigo sea ....
The poet's judgement of Penelope's tapestry may well prove to be true of Penelope's Confession. Half a lifetime labouring at their lonely crafts, both women have waited (a key verb in these poems) until their work can do justice to their experience of love and loss, tenderness and cruelty.
Holst-Warhaft's Penelope is a triumph of imaginative possession as, listening for the voice of the lonely weaver, she liberates her own. If this does not prove to be her 'best work', what follows will be worth the wait, however long.- Jon Stallworthy ( The Guest from the Future, Anzac Sonata, editor, Norton Anthology of Poetry)
With the publication of Penelope's Confession, Gail Holst-Warhaft has established herself as among the finest poets of her generation. Hers is a unique voice, a subtle meld of the lyrical and reflective, each reinforcing the other, leaving an impression that, unlike much of the poetry being written today, does not evaporate with the reading.
- David Solway Franklin's Passage (Grand prix de literature de Montreal), Modern Marriage).