Poetry of a Refugee
It’s not easy to read Andrea Demetriou’s poetry without feeling anguish of an oppressed life. Yet, like all those forced to leave their homeland, once a loud defiant voice rises to the surface and becomes buoyant and steadfast, the emotional force of displacement produces outstanding poetry. At the launch of her book, The Mountains Couldn’t Walk Away (La Trobe University, 2006), Christos Tsiolkas said Andrea’s poems ‘keep hope alive’. Her last collection, Poetic and Photographic Calendar (2012) describes occupied Cyprus, her home village in photos and poetry. Andrea arrived at Kalang to work on her new manuscript. Look out for her next collection soon to be published by Helen Nickas at Owl Publishing.