Meet Sudden Denouement Collective Member Basilike Pappa

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The editors of Sudden Denouement Literary Collective know that our strength is our writers. We hope that you enjoy getting to know them through our new Writer Interview Series.

What name do you write under?

Under my own, which is actually Vassiliki. Its transliteration into English destroys it, so now it’s Basilike. Doesn’t sound exactly right, but looks better. Pronounced Ba-SEE-lee-kee, by the way.

In what part of the world do you live?  Tell us about it.

For the past five years I’ve been living in Trikala, in central Greece. Having moved here from Athens, I sometimes want to stab the quiet flow of life in the back; other times I feel there is nothing like sitting under the shadow of plane trees next to the river Letheus.

Most people here move by bicycle. I must be the only person in town who doesn’t know how to ride one.

If you were here and wanted to see Greece’s history in five buildings, I’d take you to the Asclepion and the Roman baths, the Byzantine fortress and the mosque of Osman Shah. For some bad, unimaginative late 20th century architecture, I could show you any building in the center.

Bad news: this is not a seaside town and the summers here are blazing.

Good news: the mountains are near if you like the forest. I do.

Please tell us about yourself.  

Some words and some people’s voices have flavors. This happens mostly in Greek. The word skopós, for example, tastes like wafer when it means ‘purpose,’ but has no taste at all when it means ‘guard.’

Katey Sagal’s voice is peanut butter. She makes me want to grab a jar and eat it to the end.

I love saving old furniture from the streets and giving them a second chance. My bedside table is such an abandoned piece. I’ve painted it black and orange – its former bedroom wouldn’t recognize it.

The historical time I find most intriguing is the Middle Ages. Even though I know that if I lived then, I wouldn’t stand a chance.

Don’t tell anyone, but I don’t like Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Twice I tried to read it, twice I felt as if they sentenced me to twenty years of boredom.

I’d love to live forever in a Michel Cheval painting.

If you have a blog or website, please provide the name and the link.

My blog is Silent Hour

When did you begin your blog/website, and what motivated you start it?

I started my blog in 2017, after publishing some poems and stories on online magazines. I was happy that the editors liked my work, but I had no way of knowing how many people read it and what they thought of it. The blog gave me the chance to see if anyone cares about what I write.

What inspires/motivates you to keep blogging on your site?

My inspiration comes from a book I read, a song I heard, a painting I saw; from a single line that comes to mind and waits there for its perfect match to turn up; and from personal experiences.

The writer friends I’ve made through my blog are also an inspiration. Their work is both a reading pleasure and a writing lesson.

When did you join the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective?

May 2018.

Why/how did you join Sudden Denouement?

Sudden Denouement had captured my attention from the beginning of my blogging life. It featured some amazing talents. I got to know some of them better and write with them. When I was officially asked to join, I felt very honored.

What does Divergent Literature mean to you?

Divergent is the literature that cooks with idiosyncratic salt and unorthodox spice, to produce dishes of anomalous virtue. Not a big fan of conventional vegetables, it only serves them as amuse-bouches accompanied with bottles of quicksilver.

SD Founder Jasper Kerkau frequently talks about Sudden Denouement writers using the ‘secret language’. What is it?

You know, when you are traveling by car with friends, and there is no need for music to be on, no one feels they should speak, and you can all enjoy the ride within a warm silence? That sounds like the secret language, I think.

What are your literary influences?

I wish I had the twisted imagination of Edgar Allan Poe, the dark humor of Fay Weldon, the surrealism of Achille Campanile, the cleverness of Daniel Handler, the skill of Zoe Heller, the wit of Oscar Wilde, the sensuality of M. Karagatsis.

Has any of your work been published in print?  (books, literary magazines, etc.) How did that happen?

I haven’t published anything myself. My poems Melinda’s Long Scarf Syndrome, Ulula and Marriage a la Mode are in the printed winter 2017 issue of Rat’s Ass Review.

Do you have writing goals?  What are they?

To go on writing. And  to complete a collection of fairytale and myth re-tellings.

Which pieces of your own writing are your favorites?  Please share a few links.

How Demons Get their Wings

Melinda’s Long Scarf Syndrome

Helix

What else would you like to share about your writing, Sudden Denouement, or yourself?

 

I’m never going to author words that sound like music in a bag

or grammar stones wrapped in newsletters.

I’ll cover me in paper leaves, lull me gently, ink my wires

and either I’ll become a microcosm of re-imagined senses

or, I swear, I’ll turn into a perfectly tuned clock.

 

Author: Nicholas Gagnier

Poet and writer. Ottawa, ON, Canada

63 thoughts on “Meet Sudden Denouement Collective Member Basilike Pappa”

  1. I’m smiling like an idiot – took in every word of your interview – they kind of sing and pull strings – but you know me (at least a little) – I have no sophistication – confession coming up – all this time I’ve read your name as ‘Basil – like’ – what can I say – my excuse – I like you!

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  2. “I’d love to live forever in a Michel Cheval painting.”
    Me too 🙂 I have a favorite one, I call it the Empire Builder.
    Also I’d love to feel the forever of the Greek summer for-ever, which I do while reading your words. 💚

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    1. Isn’t he amazing? I love his work so much. One of my favorites is Perfect Stranger.

      Alas! Even a Greek summer ends, and then winter comes and you dress yourself in boots, coats, pullovers, gloves — all that hateful stuff. Did I mention I don’t like the winter?

      Thank you so much for reading, Iulia!

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      1. Indeed, he is amazing. His characters are both builders and rulers of his realm. I love Perfect Stranger, and mine is Lucky Fishing (I call it Empire Builder ironically, of course).

        I love Greece, I spend my holidays, there, in your beautiful country.
        I hate winter too, and here in the midst of harsh Romanian winters, I found there was, within me, an invincible Greek summer.

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      1. I’m so slow, I thought you had written your name. I showed my husband who studied Ancient Greek, and he said, you realise she wrote your name! That’s very cool.
        Geez, I have trouble enough just in English, between Australian and Americanese sometimes!

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      2. That is funny…sometimes when I ask Darrin something, he’d look around and say innocently, “emou?” makes me laugh every time.
        I will have to tell him what you found. That’s sweet, no pun intended 🙂

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  3. I loved reading your interview this is so so creative and so soothing to read. The way you describe your experience of nature, an influence of poetry and the secret language is simply beautiful. Congratulations on joining SD. It sure is an excellent place for a writer to be.

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