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Judith Kazantzis
Judith Kazantzis
Fellow at University of Sussex, 2005/06

Judith Kazantzis is a British poet who is also a fiction-writer and printmaker. She lives in East Sussex. Her first poetry collection came out in 1977. Her current collection Just After Midnight (2004) ranges from an Odyssean translation, to subtle descriptions of the US, sharp political satire, and a end sequence of luminous elegies. Her psychological thriller Of Love and Terror (2002) links private and political passions. Recent poetry includes The Odysseus Poems: Fictions on the Odyssey of Homer (1999), Swimming through the Grand Hotel (1997) and her Selected Poems 1977-1992 (1995).

Recent comment: On Just After Midnight: Adventurous, challenging, surrealist, magical, the work of an alert and committed writer (R V Bailey). Robert Fagles said of her Cyclops Cave translation, a fine blend of the lyric and the gustsy, the punning and the deadly earnest. Poetry London on The Odysseus Poems: extraordinarily seductive& they offer the pure work of poetry, tacking and veering between vernaculars and lyrical writing. The Times Literary Supplement on Swimming Through the Grand Hotel: poetry of sensuous immediacy couched in an agile conversational style. Judith Kazantzis judges poetry competitions and gives workshops and readings: a favourite theme is reworking myth and fairy story. She has also worked as a literacy volunteer particularly in ESL.