Vasiliki Katsarou

Vasiliki Katsarou’s poems have appeared in Poetry Daily, Agave Magazine, Regime Journal (Australia), wicked alice, Wild River Review, Press 1, here/there, as well as in the anthologies Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place and Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQBooks). Her first collection of poems, Memento Tsunami, was published in 2011 by Ragged Sky Press. In addition to poetry, she has written and directed an award-winning 35mm short film on utopia, called Fruitlands1843. Her website is


when you force a laugh
and silence pushes back at you
like a wave against a wall

hang up something shiny

when you stride across the room in slippers
draw energy like a black hole
please don’t get too close to me

hang up something noisy

I wonder at the mutation
that brings you into my company

there are wolves at the door, you say,
a bear is knocking and wants to come in

the crows multiply their excuses
and deer lurch and gambol
in opposing directions

hang up a plastic owl

there is black water and blather
and black money flowing

behind your black back
speaking to crows
just outside my door

cawing crosses an ocean,
a generation,
crosses back,

back into this gap 

that neither sun nor moon can explain