“Epitaphic” features two poems that were written to speak to the poet's interest in commemorating or capturing past moments, events, or persons. “Topographies” is concerned with the interplay between transience and permanence—the passing of time, changing relationships, but also the altering of emotional and physical landscapes. The poem largely speaks to a process of loss and memory, both on a macrocosmic or geographical level, and on a smaller, intimate level. Similarly, “Thanatos” connects with the broad theme of loss, particularly humanity's inability to recognize, appease, or ameliorate the suffering of the animal Other.
ELENI PHILIPPOU is an academic of postcolonial and comparative literature currently based at the University of Oxford. She is an active poet, with a number of her poems published in both British and international anthologies and journals. She was recently awarded first place in the Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition.