Our landlord Captain Niko tells us how his ancestors landed on this island two centuries ago. Each migrant chose a stone and threw it deep into the fog. Where it landed each one built a house. The Greeks in Uruguay, he says, once exchanged shoes they made from the skin of unborn calves for feta cheese and olives—Greek essentials— and told him of a kinsman there who wanted to return back home. A bride was waiting. But bandits stole his money; shamed, he fled to the interior. This morning the Captain is carrying a broken oar up from the sea, torn life-vests. Looking at us. No stories now.
Don Schofield’s poetry volumes include The Flow of Wonder (forthcoming); In Lands Imagination Favors (2014); Before Kodachrome (2012); The Known: Selected Poems [of Nikos Fokas], 1981 – 2000 (2010) and Kindled Terraces: American Poets in Greece (2004). His awards include the Criticos Prize (UK) and the Allen Ginsberg Award (US). He has also received honors from, among others, the State University of New York and Princeton University, where he was a Stanley J. Seeger Writer-in-Residence. He has lived in Greece for many years.