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HEADS OF SATYRS*

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I did only Satyrs. I wan­ted to stop that sar­cas­tic laugh­ter

that made me go mad.”

 

Yannoulis Halepas, 1878

 

 

I have eve­ry right to be alone

– a minute pre­sence –

I alone have eve­ry right

to observe

the well-craf­ted volumes

the black gri­maces on this marble.

I want to unders­tand

(try to unders­tand)

what it is that has­tens to give the brain its free­dom

what – in extreme refi­ne­ment –

it is that asks the brain to give back its free­dom

the whole sto­ry

the sce­na­rio and the ham­mer.

 

The artist tried to do this.

It is 1878.

The Acropolis exists.

This coun­try exists (exists?)

under obser­va­tion” – be it so –

and “in dete­rio­ra­ting condi­tion

the face fil­te­red through the wrinkles

(he might almost guess the agi­ta­ted move­ments pas­sing by

the holo­grams on this marble)

 

Whatever exists will be des­troyed

 

eve­ry single clay model

eve­ry single stu­dy

the soul expo­sed 

to this impul­si­ve­ness

overw­hel­ming the emp­ty air (emp­ty?)

the air filled with emp­ty agi­ta­tion

don’t turn around/don’t believe it/don’t deceive your mind with ghosts of this kind

 

I have eve­ry right to be alone

I alone have eve­ry right

to observe

this face

the laugh on this face

ero­ding conscious­ness

pro­jec­ted elas­tic

the whole face a laugh

drenching/​         years now/​        the mind/​           ben­ding it

to the point of utter resis­tance

where only the wind can bend.

 

The world becomes smal­ler and smal­ler – almost emp­ty.

(what is the true pri­mal essence of things)

The mind stops resis­ting.

The hands remain inert.

 

I have eve­ry right to be alone.

I want to stop this laugh­ter.

I want to hear beyond it.

                                                                                              Translated by Richard Pierce

 

 * In the win­ter of 1877-1878 the famous Greek sculp­tor Yannoulis Chalepas suf­fe­red from a severe ner­vous break­down : he des­troyed hun­dreds of clay models, stu­dies and sculp­tures, main­ly of heads of Satyrs. He was put ‘under obser­va­tion’ and, ulti­ma­te­ly, sent to Italy to reco­ver. He soon retur­ned to Greece to stu­dy the sculp­ture of the Acropolis.

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