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I write poetry to reach the impossible dream, to catch in the deep darkeness of the night the black cat of grace

Background Information

I was born in Cyprus, a country which fought for centuries to secure liberty, democracy and justice. My country is a key for my motivation. Maybe this was the reason I started writing poems since I 15. In the period 1965-67 my poems were broadcast, “on the air”, by the CBC (Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation) and soon after were included in the “Anthology of Young Poets of Cyprus”. Maybe this is the motivation that I want to promote my poetry all over the world (let the people judge how worthy they are). Studying hard for my academic qualifications (B.Sc. in Mathematics, B.A. in Economics, Ph.D. in Statistics-Economics) and then serving as Bank Manager for 23 years, I was writing but not publishing for many-many years. Still I published poems in Anthologies & literature magazines, to keep my poet-self survived. I admit that as a Bank Manager I took advantage of my post and I established the first Bank Cultural Centre in Cyprus. Also I promoted poetry acting as a Member of the Board of “The Union of Cyprus Writers”. The year when I left the Bank (2001) - to become MBA Professor, Researcher and Consultant of the Cyprus Government - I published my first collection of Poems (“Running Through A”, ΔΙΑΔΡΟΜΗ A’, Athens). Two years later I published my second one (“Running Through Β”, Athens) and in 2006 my third one (“Running Through Γ”, Athens). Not being a banker since 2001 it was a motivation for me to feel free and proceed with my collections of poems and their promotion. One other motivation was that some translators liked my poems a lot and they asked my to translate them (in many languages). Now I am proud to see my poems in so many languages, found, highly rated, in Websites of various countries, some of them composed and performed by choirs and the Opera of Cyprus, of which he is the base-soloist. As a poet I represented Cyprus poetry in 2 european congresses: in November 2003 at Cognac (France) and in May 2006 at Munich (Germany). I think this is a superior motivation for me. I am mot alone. I have my nobelist friends who encourage me to translate them (in greek from english or vice versa ) poems. Those close friends are: Neruda, Cavafis, Elliot, Montale, Szymborska, Heany. I respect them so much that I feel a heavy responsibility when I translate them. It’ s a motivation with a heavy responsibility. It’s poetry.

Birth Place
Larnaka,  CYPRUS (EU)

Joseph S. Josephides has published in Athens three Collections of Poems (2001, 2003 and 2006). He is a Member of the Board of the “Union of Cyprus Poets”, the PEN-Cyprus and the National Society of Greek Cypriot Writers. He represented the Cyprus Poetry in european Conferences (Cognac France, Nov.2003 and Munich, Germany May 2006). Some of his poems are translated in many languages, few of them composed by well-known composers. Many poems can be found in international Websites, specially designed for Poetry, Literature and are already highly rated. He is a nominee for many awards (IA- France, Int. Society Of Poets in Washington D.C., Festival of Thessaloniki, American Biographical Institute etc).Many of his poems are published in Cyprus, Greek, German, French and International Anthologies.

Additional Information

Not being a President but simply a Vice-President in serious Organisations I equally contribute with ideas but avoid administration troubles for the execution of the decisions while at the same time I save time to serve more and more my first love namely Poetry. As a resuld I have chosen to contain myself in the positions of : the Vice-President of the European Movement (Cyprus Council), the Vice-President of the United Nations Association of Cyprus, the Vice President of the Operatic Stage of Cyprus (performing also as the base-soloist for some Operas). I was also decorated in 2003 by the Vatican as Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. In my 3rd collection of poems I have poems which are referred, indirectly or directly, to the ideal religious life of persons. By the end of this year (2006) I will publish my translations (into greek) of 77 poems of the Nobelist Poet Pablo Neruda. In 2007 I will publish my translations (in greek and english) of 80 poems of brilliant medieval poets (Li Bai, under the auspices of the Embassy of China and the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus. By the end of this year (2006) I will publish my translations (into greek) of 77 poems of the Nobelist Poet Pablo Neruda. In 2007 I will publish my translations (in greek and english) of 80 poems of brilliant medieval poets (Li Bai, under the auspices of the Embassy of China and the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus.

Contact Information
The Union of Cyprus Writers
18, Eleftheroupoleos Str., Ap.402, 2001 Strovolos
Nicosia  2001   CYPRUS (EU)
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