4th “Patras World Poetry Festival 2021
13th - 19th of December
LIVE & ON LINE EVENTS
This year, the 4th “Patras World Poetry Festival” boasts a variety of original literary events taking place between the 13th and 19th of December 2021, hosting a total of 70 poets from 20 different countries.
The occasion of a calendar year combining on one hand the memory of the Greek people’s fight for freedom, and on the other hand the contemporary experience of confinement, led us to this year’s thematic center: “CONFINEMENT-FREEDOM-HUMAN REVOLUTIONS”. We bring novel aims and ideas, along with a greater and more essential need for expression, synergy and communication.
For 2021, the festival’s programme will be extended from 4 days to 7, hosting a multitude of events for audiences and participants both Greek and foreign, raising the bar and aiming to establish a tradition of cultural celebration.
This year too, for its most part, the Festival will be held online, a blended programme combining physical and online activities as adjusted to Covid-19 regulations, in a shifting terrain of cultural events during the pandemic.
The events of the week’s programme will take place in three (3) different places in Patras, each one of them a space for hosting cultural events. The events will be broadcasted ONLINE on the website www.culturebook.gr including both main and side events:
Five (5) Online Poetry Meetings including Readings and Roundtables: There will be lecterns where the guest poets will be presented; their works will be read (in 2 languages). The guest poets will also participate in the roundtables and discuss topics revolving around poetry and criticism.
Online Award Ceremony for the Greek “Jean Moréas” Poetry Award for 2021: The annual ceremony for the “Jean Moréas” Awards for Greek poetic art and production in its entire spectrum.
Newcomer Poet Marathon: A night of presentations and readings of new poets, combining physical and online presence.
Parallel Events: (11th -19th of December 2021)
During both the physical and the online events, there will be participation from internationally acclaimed academics, novelists, critics, and representatives of institutions.
The Patras World Poetry Festival 2021 is organized by the “Grafeion Poiiseos” Poetry Foundation, the literary website Culture Book (culturebook.gr), while it is annually held under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism*. The festival’s events are supported by the Greek Library of London, the University of Western Macedonia, the Hellenic Open University and many other esteemed institutions, since the festival takes place under the aegis of the Hellenic Republic’s President.
The Patras World Poetry Festival is one of the largest literary institutions in Greece, certainly the largest of its whole region, and it has already drawn attention amongst esteemed festivals internationally. Every year, the city of Patras hosts important figures of world literature and offers a richness of events, including poetry readings, seminars and cultural activities. The festival’s vision is to promote Greek literary expression worldwide and turn this capital of Western Greece into a European center for literary studies. Through its actions, the festival communicates with various departments of Greek literary studies all over the world and it chronicles contemporary poetic expression.
A detailed programme will soon be posted on the festival’s website www.culturebook.gr.
On behalf of the Scholarly Representatives
Kotopoulos H. Triantafyllos
Chair of the “Patras World Poetry Festival”
Skiathas D. Antonis
Chair of the “Grafeion Poiiseos” Poetry Fountation
Archival content available on www.culturebook.gr
Christos Armando Gezos, Greece
THE ONLY WAY
I loved you the way
they kill themselves
those blue birds you so craved to touch.
I picked them all one by one
to make the sky above your bed
the sea on the floor
to dive in and watch you sleep.
And if the only thing I can do
is write poems for you
it is because this is the only way I can talk
just like the flame only knows how
consuming pine trees
lighting my way
at night when I set out
to find you.
* * *
THE TRUE NATURE OF A FULL MOON
Every red full moon
is a lover's severed head
drenched in blood.
Each carries their own
by a transparent thread
truncated bodies in their thousands
their balloons filling the sky.
η πραγματική φύση ενός μοτίβου
Κάθε κόκκινη πανσέληνος
είναι ένα κομμένο κεφάλι ερωτευμένου
βουτηγμένο στο αίμα.
Κρατάει ο καθένας το δικό του
από μια διάφανη κλωστή
χιλιάδες τα κολοβωμένα σώματα
γεμίζουν με τα μπαλόνια τους τον ουρανό.
Christos Armando Gezos was born in Himara in 1988 and grew up in Skala, Laconia. He is a graduate of the School of Rural Surveying Engineering of NTUA. He has been awarded the State Award for Newcomer Writer 2013 for his poetry collection "Unfulfilled Fears", published by Melani Publications. His latest novel "Lost Needle" was published in June 2021 by Metaichmio Publications.
Ο Χρήστος Αρμάντο Γκέζος γεννήθηκε στη Χιμάρα το 1988 και μεγάλωσε στη Σκάλα Λακωνίας. Είναι απόφοιτος της Σχολής Αγρονόμων Τοπογράφων Μηχανικών ου ΕΜΠ. Έχει βραβευτεί με το Κρατικό Βραβείο Πρωτοεμφανιζόμενου Συγγραφέα 2013 για την ποιητική του συλλογή «Ανεκπλήρωτοι Φόβοι», που κυκλοφορεί από τις εκδόσεις Μελάνι. Το τελευταίο του μυθιστόρημα «Χάθηκε Βελόνι» κυκλοφόρησε τον Ιούνιο του 2021 από τις εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο.