29 April 1933: Kavafis (or Cavafy), dies from cancer of the throat in a hospital in Alexandria. It is his seventieth birthday. It is recorded that his last motion before dying was to draw a circle on a sheet of blank paper, and then to place a period in the middle of it.
His own biographical note is: “I am from Constantinople by descent, but I was born in Alexandria -- at a house on Seriph Street; I left very young, and spent much of my childhood in England. Subsequently I visited this country as an adult, but for a short period of time. I have also lived in France. During my adolescence I lived over two years in Constantinople. It has been many years since I last visited Greece. My last employment was as a clerk at a government office under the Ministry of Public Works of Egypt. I know English, French, and a little Italian.“
From the approximate 150 poems, published by the author mainly for distribution among his friends, here are my personal favorites (many are taken from http://users.hol.gr/~barbanis/ )
Rue de la gare de Ramleh.
Rue Chérif Pascha.
Images from Alexandria, in the neighbourhood where Kavafis lived
For more information, his poems and many images visit The Kavafis Website.
Kavafis, The Film. mms://www.gfc.gr/128.wmv
D. Yeros: Photos based on Kavafis Poems (The images are varied-some celebrate the nude male body, others a chance erotic encounter, still others the interior of a workshop, a sensuous landscape, or a moving view of a country village and its men. (Lauren E. Talalay Acting Director and Associate Curator, Kelsey Museum, University of Michigan) View only if you don't have problems with images of nudes )
http://www.poets.org/poets/poets.cfm?prmID=338 (Info about Kavafis )