The first in this new series of Moloko chapbooks contains two autoreportages by Yannis Livadas. ‘Standpoint in Paris’, which was written in 2012 and ‘Dab hand in the clearance’ written in Larache, Morocco, in 2009. Livadas’s prose poems are neither prose nor poetry nor a mix of the two. They are a left-right boxing combination of precision punches. Dedicated to jazz composer and pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach, the pieces resist definition, knock down categorising, and shuffle off on an wild and unforeseen course of their own.
Yannis Livadas is a contemporary Greek poet, born in 1969. He is also an editor; essayist, translator, of more than fifty books of American poetry and prose; an independent scholar with specialization on modernism, beat literature, postmodernism and haiku. He is also a columnist and freelancer contributor to various literary magazines, both in Greece and other countries. His poems and essays have been translated into ten languages. He lives in Paris, France.