Dr. POTIS KATRAKIS was born in Demonia a small village of Laconia in Peloponnese. Now he is retired and lives in Piraeus.
He is an honorary Doctor of Literature, honorary Vice President of the Legal bar of Piraeus, member of the "World Academy of Arts and Culture" under the aegis of UNESCO, of the "World Congress of Poets" of the Italian "Academy Ferdinandea". of the International Writers and Artists Association (I.W.A.), of the "National Association of the Greek Literary Men" and of other associations.
He has been a councilor of the Municipality of Piraeus, Head of the Legal Service of Piraeus, Vice President of the Legal Bar of Piraeus, President of the Theater Laboratory of Piraeus and also president in other associations.
He has published until now 292 literary books, from which 10 novels, 10 collections of short stories, 20 theatrical works, 6 essays, 1 travelogue and 245 poetic collections of more than 20000 poems in the three basic forms of poetry (traditional, modern and post-modern).
Also, 9000 poems, out of which are in verses, 123 of which have been set to music and are released as compact discs in the market under the titles: "Crafty guys are through", "Plan of meeting", "Sea loves", "Island longings", "Songs of love", "Popular city belly dances", "The eyes i loved", "Songs for Daimonia", "Aegean etesian wind".
Two of his theatrical works, stories and 25 of his poetic collections, with more than 2000 poems of his, as well as individual poems, have been translated into English, French, Italian, Russian, Mongolian, Spanish, Chinese, Albanian and Bulgarian.
He has been awarded with two honor awards and 58 awards in national and international competitions from various cultural vehicles, with high distinction in letters.
His vita is included in the Encyclopedia of Modern Greek Literature of Charis Patsis (volume 13).
Three books have published on his work: an essay by Mr. Moschos Kefalas entitled “POTIS KATRAKIS – another voice” (Athens, 2000) and two critical essays by Dr. Zacharoula Gaitanaki entitled “POTIS KATRAKIS – a prolific writer”, pages 254, Athens 2003, editions “Mauridis” and “POTIS KATRAKIS –
ROUTE TO CREATION”, pages200, Athens 2012, Lexitipon editions.
Satisfying a need
as sleep and food
does not demand searching, studying
or hesitating about acting.
Religion is also a requirement.
Everybody can speak
but few can think
and take right decisions.
Those are whom the God-nature
has intended them for being
at the head of human societies.
In real love,
one likes giving
more than taking.
One who knows
and has the means
of proceeding to the brainwashing
of the people,
can rule the world.
Namely whoever controls
the education and Mass Media.
THE BET OF LIFE
When you are able to turn
sadness into a song
and the struggle to survive
into a game,
you have already won the bet of life.
When you feel young
at mind and soul,
you feel young at body too
regardless of the years
you bear onto your shoulder.
Mind and body are interdependent
on health and development.
If the planet which we live in
does not fade away
in the next one thousand hundred years,
the life that we live now then would seem
as it seems to us, the times when men were
dwelling in caves
and were living by hunting.
It’s a pity that we will not live in that age
even for a while.
It is an instinct of self-protection
of men and of many other
living beings too
and it is activated automatically
without the sense of logic.
THE PRICE OF PROGRESS
A car accident can
be caused either by human mistake
or by chance.
One can guard himself against the first one
but he will always be exposed
to the second one.
It is the price of progress
of the contemporary means of transport.
The most hideous crimes occur
in the case of reprisals
which the innocent people usually pay,
because the minds of the victims
are always blurred
and fail to adhere to the measure
and pay it back in the same coin.
Civil wars begin
Rights of the individual
are invention and acquisition
of the thriving peoples.
For the peoples, dying of hunger
are empty contents.