Fewer literary figures elected to give to their creation a style of satirical criticism of human conduct. Although filled with personal experiences, in reality they portray the society in which they lived.
Using allegories and metaphors they now scorn the misbehaviour and misconduct of the leaders; then, they applaud others for their tenacity of passion in promoting Hellenism.
Outranking many other Greek writers, and taking an assumed place among creative authors, is Arcadian Ioannis Giannakopoulos (John Poulos), who consumed his settlement in Australia in Brisbane and Sydney. He was born in Tripoli on 24 July 1926 to parents Demetrios and Polyxeni Stavropoulos.
His paternal grandmother was from Kapareli, Tegea and his grandfather from the neighbouring Alea, Tegea. His maternal grandfather, Nick Stavropoulos was an immigrant himself in America, spending in Chicago a number of years. When he returned to his native land, having amassed a significant wealth, he purchased substantial land properties and married Vassiliki Kantarou, raising six children, the youngest of whom was Polyxeni.
Unfortunately Polyxeni died at the young age of 35 leaving behind Ioannis as an orphan. His paternal father was a carpenter in Tripoli and Ioannis used to spend his early childhood years working in his grandfather’s workshop as an apprentice joiner and woodworker.
Later, he opened his own carpentry there, until he was conscripted into the Hellenic Army (1947-1952). In 1954 he married Demetra Brakas from Hotousa, and decided to migrate to Australia, following an invitation from Demetra’s brother, Apostolos Brakas, the owner of a large banana plantation in a township close to Lismore. One year later Ioannis and Demetra moved to Brisbane, where he was engaged in building maintenance work as a skilled and charismatic carpenter.
He also opened his own workshop manufacturing cottages. It was in Brisbane that their two children Dimitrios and Polyxeni were born, prior to moving to Sydney where Ioannis joined the Theo Morris business working and supervising the maintenance work of his properties.
In 2014, John Poulos published his book Stis Aperantosynis ta Makri (At the Length of Vastness), a collection of 56 poems and 67 prose narratives depicting his view of the society and the world in which he lived, and his contemporaries, enjoying or detesting their activities.
With allegorical tales, extensive ironic comments, sharp remarks and self-abuse, he views the world, without love and solidarity, well fallen from the original righteousness of the past; he sees the society of his day divided into ranks and classes, fortunate and unhappy, with many wrongs such as unwarranted egotism, greed, violence and all manner of injustice without love.
Treating himself and signing as a poet committing many spelling mistakes (anorthographos), Poulos develops his ideas in a sad but firm and effective manner, ridiculing wealth, arrogance and greed and condemning those who pursue them as “useless” and “brainless” beings, lost in confusion and vanity.
Although filled with biographical facts and personal experiences, it is in reality a mirror of his contemporary world. “Our life is an allusion; close your eyes not to see the shame of the world, the ugliness, pretend that you are a monkey, an ignorant, a blind and if they ask you, reply ‘I have not seen anything'”. His style is direct, simple and truthful.