Published 26 April 201027 April 2010 · Main Posts The mountains couldn’t walk away – Sydney launch Koraly Dimitriadis A few weeks ago, I posted a review on the Melbourne book launch of Andrea Demetriou’s haunting book, The mountains couldn’t walk away. Andrea’s poetry collection is a reflection of her experiences escaping Cyprus as an eight-year-old girl when Turkey invaded in 1974. Since posting my review, I’ve received requests to post some of her poems here on the blog, and Andrea has been kind enough to allow Overland to do this. Due to the success of the Melbourne launch, The mountains couldn’t walk away is being relaunched in Sydney on Thursday. This is an event I highly recommend to poets, or anyone interesting in engaging with the refugee voice. The book will be launched by Tim Colebatch (economics editor, The Age), Angelo Loukakis (author & executive director of the Australian Society of Authors), John Mangos (senior anchor, SKY News Australia) and Jeannie Lewis (Best female Vocal Album, Australian Radio Record Awards). The launch will also include musical performances by Andrea and Jeannie. When: Thursday 29 April at 6:30pm Where: Barnet Long Room, Customs House, 31 Alfred St, Circular Quay For further information contact Dimi Lafazanos on (02) 9750 0440 or email email@example.com The Night Of Lucerne* When the war occurred I pretended or thought that We were going on an excursion…due to return When death occurred I pretended or thought that They were bound to… come back Tonight however, I had to suddenly accept that We never return and they never come back *Lucerne is the town in Switzerland where the Greek and Turkish sides met to ‘negotiate’ the ANNAN plan which was written by the British diplomat Lord David Hannay. 76% of the Greek Cypriot people voted against it. Asked if he could implement such a plan in England, Lord Hannay answered: ‘I have never been confronted with such a possibility’. The Clocks That Have Not Been Taken Down Yesterday I watched an interview about Cyprus on TV, This made me think about the Green Line It made me remember that our houses have been deserted; That someone threw our personal belongings In the rubbish bin twenty-two years ago; That other people live in our house now. As I lay in bed with my eyes shut I thought of our old clock which we rescued from the village; It hangs on a wall of a coffee shop in Gastouni* It has been hanging there since 1975 I’d like to go there and buy it It is the only thing left which reminds me of our house. I remember the sound of its ticks And how it chimed every hour It now ticks in that coffee shop But nobody loves that clock, or thinks of it as I do; Nobody longs for the sound of its ticks or for the sight of it; I imagined its sound tick – tack tick -tack First in our house- next to the pictures of the last supper, the wealthy man with the poor man – And then in the coffee shop in Gastouni. These are the things I think about when everybody else goes To their family home for Easter, To their childhood memories To the clocks that have not been taken down And still tick in the same houses. All towns are alien to me And I always feel that a part of me is missing It’s somewhere else It’s in a place I have no access to It’s constantly missing I’m constantly insufficient Like an incomplete musical metre which never ends…….. *Gastouni is a small town in the Peloponnesus, which my parents fled to after the war. The mountains couldn’t walk away is available at Readings and Glee Books. Koraly Dimitriadis Koraly is a widely published Cypriot-Australian writer and performer. She is the author of the controversial Love and F**k Poems. Koraly received an Australia Council ArtStart grant. She presents on 3CR radio and has a residency at Brunswick Street Bookstore. Her 2013 La Mama show is Exonerating The Body. She is mentored by Christos Tsiolkas. 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