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  • Paperback: 37 pages
  • Publisher: Austin Macauley (30 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849635803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849635806
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 8.4 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,953,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Christos Kallis was born in Larnaca, Cyprus in 1993. His debut collection of poetry, A Knock on a Door was written with great flexibility of style and experimental touches and eccentric twists. At the age of eighteen he abandoned the role of the student to serve in the military service of his beautiful island. In losing that duty, he lost his romantic sensitivity, a feature most apparent in this collection, and in return gained a more truthful insight of modern life.

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The debut poetry collection from Christos Kallis is a collection of twelve pieces infused with irony and a sense of the absurd. It opens with Columbus voyaging through a poem in search of some sort of meaning, or at least its ending in the seemingly silly yet inspired A Lonely Dot In A Sestina. The collection abounds with stunning imagery such as "A wall that you built so majestically high to prohibit angels ‘intruding’" in An Apple (a deceptively bland title for an evocative poem), "Inside a stage of desolation" in A Letter to Aeschylus, and "The light of the half-sliced moon fell upon us" in A Double Jesus On The Rocks. Even the one-line His Wolf Whistle has a surprisingly power.

For a debut collection, it is exceptionally good and well worth reading. Recommended.

(From a pdf review copy supplied by the poet.)
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This is a wonderful debut collection of poems from this promising young writer. I would recommend this book to everyone with an interest in poetry and in particular with the work of emerging talent.
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By Beanie Luck TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Mar. 2015
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It is quite hard for me to write a review of this book not being a poet myself, i am afraid i cannot do it justice.

This book contains 12 poems which vary greatly in length. I did not like some of them but loved 2 of them, wolf whistle and an apple.

An apple spoke to me, especially about the walls we build up around ourselves to protect us from getting hurt even from the good guys.

If you are studying modern poetry at school or university im sure you could decipher these a lot easier than i could and it could provide hours of meaningful discussion.

Poetry is such a dying art form and its nice to see a young man debut his 1st collection.

Disclaimer: The Manufacturer sent me a free sample in return for an honest review.
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By marcoscu TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2015
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With this fine début collection of verse the young poet Christos Kallis gives an insight into a mind well developed beyond its years with an insight into that which dwells within us those thoughts, feelings and expressions we all experience but few can articulate.

Poetry is deceptive. Nothing is easier to write than bad poetry, nothing hard to write than good. So it is with great surprise and added pleasure that I came to read this new collection and to find the voice of a new writer giving us verse at times amusing and easy to follow then darker, more intense and oblique. I look forward to a future collections of his work in years to come.

This is a slim volume of just 36 pages but there is a lot here to be found within.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite The last night & A Cloud and then an ... 29 Nov. 2014
By Tony R. Parsons - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Put on your thinking cap. My favorite The last night & A Cloud and then an Atlas.

I truly enjoyed the last 1 31st of April. Does he have the best that Bill Gates has to offer, or better yet the biggest football size scoreboard in the whole wide universe?

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. 12 very well written delightful types’ of personal poems (prose) (book). They were all very easy to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. A very easy rating of 5 stars for all of them.

Thank you for the free book (Author)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally good 31 July 2014
By DJ Tyrer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The debut poetry collection from Christos Kallis is a collection of twelve pieces infused with irony and a sense of the absurd. It opens with Columbus voyaging through a poem in search of some sort of meaning, or at least its ending in the seemingly silly yet inspired A Lonely Dot In A Sestina. The collection abounds with stunning imagery such as "A wall that you built so majestically high to prohibit angels ‘intruding’" in An Apple (a deceptively bland title for an evocative poem), "Inside a stage of desolation" in A Letter to Aeschylus, and "The light of the half-sliced moon fell upon us" in A Double Jesus On The Rocks. Even the one-line His Wolf Whistle has a surprisingly power.

For a debut collection, it is exceptionally good and well worth reading. Recommended.

(From a pdf review copy supplied by the poet.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impacting! 16 Dec. 2014
By Daniel Wetta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I do not read poetry very often. I read A Knock on a Door at least five times. Each time I felt a flint from the wall of my heart fly off.

The author, Christos Kallis, explains what he has done in this book in his Author's Note at the beginning of the book. Among many insightful comments, he writes that he wants to leave the reader "dismantled and disarmed." In my case, he succeeded. With each re-reading, I found myself progressively dismantled. It was a dismantling of my logical processes. I had to read the book not with my mind, but with my heart. A Knock on the Door reminded me of the wall I had constructed to protect my emotions.

These poems, like much poetry, do not necessarily make sense immediately, even heart sense, to a reader until he spends time with them, in my opinion. These are poetic expressions personal for the author, but he masterfully pulls the reader in, first with archetypes and universal contradictions, and then he splays him or her with each re-reading until nakedness feels entirely comfortable.

I was grateful for the Author's Note. It gave me a feeling of being grounded when I might find myself lost in a particular poem. I found that I could read the Author's Note again, and then the poem would open for me. In some cases, it opened me up.

This is a young author with a big talent. I don't feel I am qualified to judge poetry, but I do have a sense that Christos Kallis has a life ahead full of potential to make important impacts on people, and that some of this will come from his writing. I look forward to seeing more of his work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent use of figurative language and vivid imagery. 29 Nov. 2014
By Andy B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A Knock on a Door is a poetry book in which the poet was able to conjure up a collection of poems that will make you think, and are imbued with deep thoughts, albeit also sprinkled with irony and sarcasm. The words are used in a free verse style that is easy to read, for example: "The black rose kept falling from my hands, I had to sacrifice its beauty to reach that victorious peak" from the poem entitled An Apple. Two of my favorites are A letter to Aeschylus and A Million Dollar Smile - "There amongst the chaos and behind her ribs, A beast sat passively in its lair." Excellent use of figurative language and vivid imagery. Great job, and I will be looking for the next poetry book from Mr. Kallis.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic collection of poems 2 Dec. 2014
By Melinda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I found this to be a wonderful collection of poems. The poems are abstract with an ambiguous edge, expressive without being formulaic. There are several lines within each individual poem undoubtedly striking the reader. The collection ranges from a artsy senseless to sensual. No doubt Kallis holds promise. Contemporary with a rogue feel, sparking your interest.
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