Patras World Poetry Festival

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DECEMBER 10th - 13th  2020 

We would like to inform you that due to the implementation of a new lockdown in our country and the increase in the number of coronavirus cases, the organizing and scientific committee of the “Jean Moréas International Awards” and the Patras International Poetry Festival postpones the date of the event on December, 10-13 of 2020.

Digital Event

The Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 this year is entitled "National Poets" and plans to host 60 poets from 15 different countries around the world.

This year the festival  be held online and virtually, as far as COVID-19 impact affects significantly the implementation of this event.

In the four-day online event there will be 6 meetings lasting up to 3 hours, where the guest poets will be presented with readings in 2 languages, via live connection. The events will be attended by invited representatives of institutions and the jury, while the program will include speeches, presentations, tributes, music, etc.

In addition, the following activities will take place within the schedule of the Festival events:

  • online Award of the annual Greek Poetry Awards "Jean Moréas" (Saturday December 12th)
  • Art Exhibition "National Poets" with the participation of 20 Greek artists and 10 artists from different countries (live and digital tour)
  • Collectible trilingual edition of the poems of the participants, in the first language of each artist, in Greek and English

The 3rd Patras World Poetry Festival 2020 is organized by the Poetry Fountation “Grafeion Poiiseos”, the literary website Culture Book (culturebook.gr) and the multicultural center Epikentro Plus History & Arts, while every year it is under the auspices of the Ministries of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism*. Supporters of the event are the Greek Library of London, the Cultural Center “Kostis Palamas”, the University of Western Macedonia, the Hellenic Open University and many other important institutions, as claimed under the Aegis of the President of the Hellenic Republic.

Awarding of Poetry Awards "Jean Moréas" for the year 2019

This annual event will be held digitally at one session of the PWPF Poetry Event 2020, with a presentation of the award-winning poets and recitations by them. This is the annual event during which the "Jean Moréas" Prizes are awarded for Greek poetic art and Greek poetic production in its entire range. They are recognizable nationwide and concern the poetry collections that were published throughout the previous calendar year from the year of the award. They refer both to young poets and newcomers and to those who are recognized with their poetic work along time.

The event is highly appreciated by the Greek literary and artistic circle of readers. In this year's event, in addition to the institutionalized awards, a very important foreign poet will be honored, who with his/her lifelong work honors the literature outside Greece.The Award Committee is composed of Greek University professors, as well as very important poets and poetry critics who will evaluate the work of the honorees.

Sincerely,

On behalf of the organizing committee.

Kotopoulos H. Triantafyllos, President of the “Patras World Poetry Festival”

Skiathas D. Antonis, President of the Poetry Fountation “Grafeion Poiiseos”

Alaniadi Maria, Event Manager of the “Patras World Poetry Festival”

Mitko Gogov, North Macedonia

Mitko Gogov, North Macedonia

Mitko Gogov, NORTH MACEDONIA

Anathomy of warth

Secret restlessness

The Poems

ANATOMY OF WARMTH



Because the codes are mixed up,
because a true thought is replaced
with a seemingly important one.

Because we are the generated patriots
of the unwritten history.

That's why we're insignificant dust,
a forgotten dying star
- a Mayan wish to be reborn.

Somewhere in the holes of the arteries
we play, warming
- like the clay bricks and the glass wool
in the storage heater.

Anatomy of warmth.

I identify myself in each pore
of the trees,
I search for the centre of my home
in the cracked dry fields.

Then with the clods I make the planetary system,
the universe of the hidden groundwater,

my Cosmos.

Translated by Nikola Gjelincheski






SECRET RESTLESSNESS



we wake up in need of love,
it's simple –
more love is needed.
yet there are no such shops…

we're fragile,
hidden in our own weight,
howling like the wind
while words
stick in our throat.

clouds too are like people,
each one of them carries its own weight.

only silence blows our hats away.

tame the restlessness within you and
speechlessness will tell stories.

Translated by Nikola Gjelincheski


The Poet

Mitko Gogov is entrepreneur & conceptual artist, published poet & short stories writer born 1983 in Skopje, North Macedonia. Youth worker and civil activist, blogger … open for communication. #culture #art #media. He writes poetry, short stories, essays and journalism. He writes haiku, senriu, renga which he publishes occasionally in the micro blogosphere twitter. His work so far has been present and translated in several anthologies, collections and journals for literature and art in India, Pakistan, Taiwan, Philippines, USA, China, Russia, Spain, Italy, Romania, Belorussia, Russia, Mexico, Argentina, Check Republic, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Kosovo, Greece, Albania, Bulgaria ... He's current with his first collection "Ice Water" published in 2011 in Serbia, and in 2014 issued in Macedonia, in the edition "Fires" for the publishing house "Antolog", supported by the Ministry of culture and the new poetry book "Secret letter" which was in the top 5 books for the "Braka Miladinovci" award at Struga poetry evenings. Awarder poet with few international awards in his country and around the world. President of the Association for cultural development and protection of cultural heritage "Kontext - Strumica" and organizer of the international movement and festival "100 Thousand poets for change" in Macedonia, Strumica for the last 10 years. Founder of the awards "Antevo slovo" (Italy) and "Antevo pero" (North Macedonia) in the honor of the famous poet and intellectual, Ante Popovski. CEO & founder of the internet portal strumicaonline.mk and one of the editors at the ezine for culture and literature reper.net.mk. He organize many other cultural and art events, collaborating with youth, art, film and theater festivals.

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