© Francesco Capponi for the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, 2010

“Unobtrusively but decisively, Stephanos Papadopoulos’ work is informed by various cultures: American, Greek, ancient and modern, French and English. He follows other poets, but mostly he follows his heart. In his poetry the melancholy of the modern finds its beauty in loss itself. Papadopoulos catches this beauty in poem after poem, while his poetry swims for joy in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Aegean. This beautiful contradiction makes Hôtel-Dieu a great pleasure to read and reread. No American poet is as close to Greek as Papadopoulos. His work is full of warm-heartedness and beauty, even when it is tragic…” Stanley Moss


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