Patras World Poetry Festival 2022

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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:

Main Events:

  • 15th-18th December 2021

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.

  • 18th December 2021

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.

  • 16th December 2021

Newcomer Poet Marathon: A night of presentations and readings of new poets, combining physical and online presence.

Parallel Events: (11th -19th of December 2021)

  • Festival Anthology: Limited trilingual book edition plus eBook.
  • Online shows:
  • #meet_the_poets: tributes and interviews online at the culturebook.gr channel.
  • #videopoetry: presentation of video-poetry online.
  • Poetry Set to Singing: music radio tributes to poetry set to singing.
  • Exhibitions:
  • Poetry exhibition: presenting the works of poetry
  • Book exhibition of Newcomer Poets: presenting poetry collection books from new poets; participation from established poets and publishing houses.
  • Art Exhibition: “CONFINEMENT-FREEDOM-HUMAN REVOLUTIONS”
  • Poetry Alley: Presentation of poets and poems (the ones participating in the festival) on a central pedestrian precinct of Patras.

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.

Sincerely,

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

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EVENT MANAGER

Maria Alaniadi

Communication:

poetryfestival@culturebook.gr

grafeion.poihseos@culturebook.gr

Archival content available on www.culturebook.gr 

Theofanis Papageorgiou, Greece

Theofanis Papageorgiou, Greece

Theofanis Papageorgiou, Greece

The Poems

Ground zero

The man walnut
was inhabiting in his shell
until the white and the yolk
dipped into a piece of a walnut pie

then he met suddenly
his last layer

the cherry pinned
making the sweet desperate

the subject dismantled
without object
without feeling its body

since it has swam in the mixer
transforming itself
sewing the darkness of the cocoa
on its flesh

De-subjectified history

is just surviving

travelling through the uransiscus


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Ground zero

Ο άνθρωπος καρύδι
κατοικούσε στο τσόφλι του
μέχρι που ο κρόκος και το ασπράδι
βούτηξαν σε μια στρώση γλυκό καρυδόπιτα

τότε εκείνος συνάντησε αίφνης
την τελευταία του πτυχή
το κερασάκι καρφωμένο
να κάνει το γλυκό απελπισμένο

το υποκείμενο απογυμνωμένο
χωρίς αντικείμενο
χωρίς αναψηλάφηση του σώματος του
αφού είχε κολυμπήσει απλωτά στο μίξερ
είχε μετασχηματισθεί
ράβοντας το σκοτάδι του κακάο
πάνω στη σάρκα του

Η ιστορία χωρίς υποκείμενο

απλώς επιβιώνει

ταξιδεύοντας στον ουρανίσκο


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Issues of Political Economy

Deluge of positive messages
for the mythological creature
of the economy
Public Debt, Inequality and Stability

Inflation loosened the knots
left its natural trajectory
approaching the wonderful zero
prices hopefully remained unchanged
leaving our pants empty
either way


Surplus doubled by itself
proving abilities lent
from microorganisms
such as the amoeba
or the spring
giving to the world
surplus on surplus
thus hypersurplus
and gifting
greedily with debt

Unemployment declined
bringing people back to life
surging demand
for medicines, orthopedics
masks, patches
filling in turn
the spare time
of doctors, gamblers
traders and journalists

learning me to love
political economy
and think
economically


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Ζητήματα πολιτικής οικονομίας

Κατακλυσμός θετικών μηνυμάτων
για το μυθολογικό πλάσμα
της οικονομίας

Ο πληθωρισμός χαλάρωσε τα σκοινιά
κατήλθε της τροχιάς του
αγγίζοντας το ξεχωριστό μηδέν
οι τιμές ευτυχώς δεν μεταβλήθηκαν
και έτσι οι τσέπες
πάλι άδειες είναι

Το πλεόνασμα αυτοδιπλασιάστηκε
με ικανότητες δανεισμένες
από μικροοργανισμούς
όπως η αμοιβάδα
ή η άνοιξη
δίνοντας στον κόσμο
πλεόνασμα και πλεόνασμα
άρα υπέρ-πλεόνασμα
και οι κάνουλες ανοίξανε
πληρώνοντας τα δάνεια
όπως ανοίγει ένα μπαούλο
ή ένα δώρο
αχόρταγα

Η ανεργία μειώθηκε
εμπλέκοντας ανθρώπους στη ζωή
αυξάνοντας τη ζήτηση
για περικάρπια, επιγονατίδες
ορθοπεδικά και επιδέσμους
γεμίζοντας με τη σειρά της
τις ελεύθερες ώρες
φυσικοθεραπευτών
χαρτοπαικτών
και ασφαλιστών

Έμπλεος μέσα στην ευωχία
του κατακλυσμού
θετικών μηνυμάτων
φωτίζω τη ζωή
γεννιέμαι και γεννάω
παντρεύομαι και βαφτίζω
μαθαίνοντας να αγαπώ
την πολιτική οικονομία
και να σκέφτομαι

οικονομικά


The Poet

Papageorgiou Theofanis was born in 1986 in Athens Greece. He studied economics in bachelor and master's degree and holds a PhD from National Technical University of Athens in the field of political economy. Currently, he is Assistant Professor in the Department of Business Administration, in the University of Patras. He has authored four books of poetry in Greek "Plintirio Astron" (Laundry of Stars), "H Thalasa me ta 150 Epipeda" (The sea with the 150 levels), "Dioriga Metaxi Nefon" (Canal between Clouds), "Me lathos Skia" (With faulty Shadow). His first book was selected in the short list of the Hellenic Authors' Association for the prize of the first-featured poet. Several poems of him have been translated in English, German, French, Finnish Serbian, and Spanish.

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Ο Φάνης Παπαγεωργίου γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1986. Σπούδασε οικονομικά σε προπτυχιακό και μεταπτυχιακό επίπεδο. Είναι διδάκτωρ Πολιτικής Οικονομίας στο Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο. Σήμερα είναι επίκουρος καθηγητής στο Τμήμα Διοίκησης Επιχειρήσεων του Πανεπιστημίου Πατρών. Έχει εκδώσει τέσσερεις ποιητικές συλλογές: Πλυντήριο άστρων (Εκδόσεις Λογότεχνον, 2013, βραχεία λίστα πρωτοεμφανιζόμενων ποιητών για το Βραβείο «Γιάννη Βαρβέρη» 2013), Η θάλασσα με τα 150 επίπεδα (Εκδόσεις Κουκούτσι, 2016), Διώρυγα μεταξύ νεφών (Εκδόσεις Θράκα, 2018), Με λάθος σκιά (Εκδόσεις Κουκκίδα 2021). Ποιήματά του έχουν μεταφραστεί στα αγγλικά, γαλλικά, γερμανικά, φινλανδικά, σέρβικα και ισπανικά, ενώ έχουν δημοσιευτεί σε περιοδικά και εφημερίδες.

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