During my time in Cyprus I (Yiola) had the pleasure of visiting with renown author and dear friend, Vera Korfioti.
Vera has published a number of collections of poetry, as well as books in Greek literature, Education and on the works of Greek Philosophers. Her most recent publication is on Pythagoreanism.
Vera Korfioti holds degrees in History and Archeology from the University of Athens. She also studied Journalism in Athens. Her greatest love of study is Philosophy and this can be seen throughout her poetry.
I share here one of her short poems of the place where I stayed during my time in Cyprus:
There is a tenderness in her poetry; and yet its intensity towards precision and detail gives it such power.
A highlight of my trip was talking about life and the nature of people in today’s age with Vera. While we live on opposite end of the world we share similar understandings on the philosophy of life. Perhaps what connects me to Vera is not only the beauty of her poetry but her love of teaching. Vera worked as a teacher of Philosophy in Secondary Education in Cyprus. She also studied in the area of children with special needs in England and the United States. And, for several years she has been teaching at the Philosophy School of Cyprus.
Language, literacy and teaching brought together for the world to enjoy!