CULTURE

A whisper from Cavafy and other great Greek poets makes memories flood back

When I put on «Logou harin,» a new CD/book featuring actor Giorgos Moschidis reading poetry, I thought I would keep myself busy with something else – painless, mechanical chores, like sorting out archives. The voice of the actor was readily recognizable, his characteristic deep, croaky voice, was slightly out of breath, not due to the pressure of time but from a kind of inner pressure which seemed to be regulated by a personal thermostat. I stood still. My priorities had already shifted. «Return often and take me, beloved sensation, return and take me – when the memory of the body awakens, and an old desire runs again through the blood; when the lips and the skin remember, and the hands feel as if they touch again.» C.P. Cavafy’s verses were succeeded by those of Costas Karyotakis, Napoleon Lapathiotis and Thanassis Hatzopoulos with small musical interludes by Vangelis Boda. Verse by verse, the words brought back memories, flavors and seasons. Like a whisper, the actor offered a reading that felt like a confession.