Finally after years of negotiation, Eléni Sikélianòs appears at Small Press Traffic -- a rare sighting of this elusive bird of flight. She has written to speak while dreaming (Selva Editions, 1993), Poetics of the Exclamation Point (Rodent Press, 1995), The Book of Tendons (Post-Apollo Press, 1997) and The Lover's Numbers (Seeing Eye Books, 1999). I like her writing when it's throbbing with threnody, for she is the Edith Piaf of poetry, sensual, melancholy, and soulful, but she has other modes too, the ironic, the elegiac, the mock-pastoral, the journalistic, the polemic. At this event she will display them all, like so many bright tail feathers.

March 26, 1999