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Κοιτούσε τον ουρανό
κι ήταν βέβαιος
ότι είχε δίκιο ο Σταγειρίτης:
οι πλανήτες είναι
τέλειες σφαίρες
μια λάμψη του θεού
που στρέφεται απαλά
μες στην αιώνια σιωπή.

Κοιτούσε τον ουρανό
με μάτια γυμνά
καθώς έκανε θρύψαλα
τους φακούς και τα δίοπτρα
τα διάφανα τέρατα
που τρέπουν το σύμπαν
σε πέτρες και σκόνη.

Anna Griva was born in Athens, where she lives and works. She studied Philology in Athens and Sciences and History of Literature in Rome and has a PhD on Italian Renaissance Literature. She has published five poetry collections. The most recent one, entitled Demons (Melani, 2020), was honored with an Award by the Academy of Athens. She has also published a collection of short stories (The Animal Gods, Kichli, 2021) and two historical novels (The Greek slave, Melani, 2022; Exiled Queens, Melani, 2021). Her poems and short stories have been translated into many languages, in magazines, anthologies and standalone volumes, and her personal website is