an overbearing eye

an overbearing eye



Theodore Michael Christou


Author: Theodore Michael Christou

Title: an overbearing eye

ISBN: 978-1-897475-93-5

Trade Paperback: 80 pages

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Theodore Christou’s lucid, experimental poetry collection an overbearing eye offers a mind thinking and feeling in language and a voice of distinctive tonal vulnerability and self-irony. Love, war, emotional pain, mythology, the burden of history, the solace of “sweet cyprus” (“napalm/ blasts.”), “christ / pantokrator” (“which the observed, / and which the doting eyes”–titles continue to surprise and sometimes shock), the classics, the sea, childhood, metamorphosis and metaphor are some of Christou’s topics in a journey (“i imagine that i am an explorer,” he writes in “a white expense of place and time”) whose most spectacular successes are poems about poetry and language since love making and the making of all kinds of things, verbal and real, “is the business of poetry” (“fear eating”).

Demetres Tryphonopoulos, PhD

Professor and Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies

University of New Brunswick


An overbearing eye, is a book of verse forged from the heaviness of life Christou senses, bears and then distils, or at times wrestles to the ground, but always tempers with the love he has for his subjects, for language and for getting it right.

Jennifer Pazienza, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Education

University of New Brunswick


Theodore Christou

Theodore Christou

Theodore Michael Christou is an Associate Professor of Social Studies and History Education, with a cross appointment to the Department of History in Queen's University's Faculty of Arts and Science. He began his professional teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Scarborough with the Toronto District School Board.