The Michigan Daily
Tuesday, October 31, 1989
Poet massages the mind
BY KRISTIN PALM
OLGA Broumas has a great deal of
experience in the healing arts. The
native Greek poet spent several years
as a massage therapist and her writ-
ing takes on the restorative powers
of her second profession through
both vivid imagery and an underly-
ing notion that poetry is, in itself, a
In her newest work, Perpetua,
Broumas' work sometimes becomes
the subject of the poem, as in "The
Masseuse": "Always an angel rises
from the figure/naked and safe be-
tween my towels/ as before taboo."
Broumas said she had a practical
reason for choosing massage therapy
as a profession. "It is a wonderful
way to make a living as a writer. It
is quiet work," she said, adding that
she preferred massage therapy to the
traditional writer's occupation of
teaching because it did not involve a
set daily routine. Broumas also cited
a spiritual connection to the profes-
sion. "I trust the body much more
than the mind," she said. "The body
has its own truth."
Although this spirituality is in-
herent in Broumas' poetry, not all of
to places and events she views as
crucial, including her homeland of
Syros, Greece and the Middle Eastern
She said these two topics are in-
tertwined in her mind and her work
because they are close geographi-
cally. Conflicts such as the one in
the Middle East have always been
important to her, Broumas said, but
as her life and work have progressed
she has become more attuned to this
concern. "I think as I've grown older
my vision has become broader. But I
think that is how I always felt," she
In much of her writing, Broumas
links the workings of the human
body to the topic she is discussing,
and this issue is no different. "The
body is suffering with different parts
of the globe as they rise and fall,"
she said. "We kind of go numb so
we can go on but that does not mean
we are over it."
Although her homeland is impor-
tant in her writing, Broumas said she
has spent much of her life traveling
and the fact that she has found a
her work is surreal. She also refers
place to settle in a small Mas-
sachusetts town has also affected her
work. "I had no roots so I decided to
go to one place and stay there as
long as I could. That has influenced
me," she said.
Broumas said two other fascina-
tions that affect her work are music
and peace. In using these themes,
Broumas is specific about what she
desires to achieve. "I have two pur-
poses," she said. "One is to be as au-
thentic as possible. Another is to
use what is around me."
OLGA BROUMAS will read from
PERPETUA in the Rackham East
Conference Room at 5 p.m. today.
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