“With only power love and language, with only thought the consolation of his continuous participation in the universe, he marches towards everywhere, the prince-poet Yannis Yfantis, originating from cosmos and ending up in the “speaking water” («ëÜëïí ýäùñ»).
When reading the poetry of Yannis Yfantis, one feels going out in the streets, meeting the angels, and continuing with them the polemical course of protest against the foundations of power and hypocrisy, holding the placard of dream, love and freedom”
(Dionysios Karatzas, magazine “New Level”, February 2000)
“…Yannis Yfantis, the most blasphemous, but perhaps also the most “entheos” (god-including) poet that exists today…”
(Dimosthenis Kourtovik, “The News”, 17.7.1992)
“… Yfantis believes in his ‘solar-royal’ origin and, moreover, in that he constitutes the continuation of the anointed divine poets who conquered knowledge by no means, other than by studying the live beings themselves…”
(Giorgos Markopoulos, “Excursion to the other language”, Nefeli, 1994)
“… In the field of poetry, I shall give special emphasis on the collection “Temple of Cosmos” by Yannis Yfantis, the most sui generis and the most orgiastic of our active poets. His physiocratic mysticism finds here some of its most beautiful expressions”.
(Dimosthenis Kourtovik, “The News”, 30 Dec. 1997)
“… As the mystics wanted it, everything is a letter, everything is a phrase; the game of matter in our eyes constitutes anagrams of a divine alphabet. For Yfantis, the lyric work is the discovered alphabetical continuation of this indefinite interpretation of all, till the ineffable, primary meaning, the source of cosmos” .
(Eugenios Aranitsis, “Eleftherotypia”, 28 May 1997)
“... My favourite modern Greek poet these recent years… The glistening quality of Yfantis’s work must be responsible for the conspiracy of silence with which he is being confronted by the mafias of the mediocre and the public-relationists, the organised – private or state – cliques of our letters. Once necrophiliacly pseudo-serious, and once nouveau- riche crude, Greece of the times of pseudo-modernism perhaps does not need true poets like Yfantis…”
(Vangelis Raptopoulos, “The News” Weekend 6-7 April 2002)
“The poetry of Yannis Yfantis is a real gift. Almost silenced by the shapers of the literary canon, the literary press and the newspaper columns, Yfantis has travelled for over three decades a significant course, being almost in the periphery. […] The poems of Yfantis sparkle in their genuine subversiveness, eroticism and simplicity. He is one of the most important modern Greek poets”.
(Yannis Palavos, “Monkie” magazine, 2007).
(Vasilis, Karayannis. “Paremvasi”, 2010).
“…Yfantis, this Greek mystic. … Once peaceful and sweet, once wrathful and sarcastic, realistic and enoratic, earthly and also visionary, makes the world from the beginning, breaking the constructions-cages, that don’t allow people to be happy about life “in its mystic, primary value”, as written by another mystic of Greek poetry, Angelos Sikelianos”
(Th. E. Markopoulos, “Paremvasi 100”, Autumn of 1997)
ROBERTO GARCIAS DE MESA presents Yannis Yfantis in EL GOLEM, a Mexican Literary Magazine, online here:
Yannis Yfantís y su libro del mundo - El Golem, revista literaria