Artwork © Eric N. Peterson


translated by Manolis Aligizakis

I hope when I get very tired I won’t have to carry alone
my valuable body to hell
I the protector of a pandemic Eros
when Aphrodite is bored in Heaven
and caresses the hot squirted sperm
I could imagine myself
like a domesticated animal
that they take care of me
they love me
they feed me
they pet me
I wish to be of the opposite gender
a male
with liberated morale
with an admirable decency
a melancholy character
with unparalleled tenderness
that I wouldn’t need to struggle
for anything
blasphemy —
the center of pleasure
allows ecstasy flow
unimpeded. Certainty
of pain was the only desire
the only proof that I’ve existed
the seductive hermaphrodite
gifted with shining skin
since its twelve year
forgets every law and authority
joined into one being forever.
Samalkis who kissed him with zest
hugging him tight. Cursed let it be
the Sea of Karia, southwest of Asia Minor
a very dirty female sucks up lust
from her wounded pride.
One multiplies his joys
when one shows respect
to perversions


Sissy Doutsiou is an actress and poet. She was born in Athens in 1980. She studied Astrophysics at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. She graduated from the Delos Drama School in 2009. She is a founding member of the Institute of Experimental Arts and curator of the annual International Video Festival in Athens. She starred in many theatrical performances: “Metamorphosis” F. Kafka, “The Maids” G. Zene, “4.48 Psychosis” Sarah Kane. She toured with plays, poetry readings, performances and lectures in Europe, the USA. Mexico, India and Nepal. Her poems can be found in Anthology of Modern Greek Poetry: 1550-2017 Ekstasis Editions, Canada 2018. Mythological Monsters is her fifth book. Also published by Kenotita publications: Insult of Public Modesty in which Nanos Valaoritis introduced her in the Greek poetry community.

Eric N. Peterson is from Atlanta, Ga. He’s been drawing cartoons all his life. He leans towards the absurd, imaginative, and the surreal, as that’s where all the flavor is.