μελτέμι: meltemi (mɛlˈtɛmɪ)
is the strong, dry north wind of the Aegean Sea, which blows from about mid-May to mid-September. These winds are at their strongest in the afternoon and often die down at night, but sometimes last for days without a break. However, most of the time meltemi is a good steady sailing wind preferred by many leisure sailors in the Aegean Sea during the summer..
Of the Aegean*
Who took the blond sunburnt girl?
The sea breeze with its transparent blowing
Tilts the sail of dream
Eros murmurs its promise – Sea surf.
*excerpt of Odysseus Elytis “Orientations”, magazine “Nea Grammata”, Athens 1936-Pyrsos, Athens 1940
MONOspace Islington / 11-25 May 2016 / N1 2UQ / London