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”

Aldo Gerbino, Italy

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Aldo Gerbino, Italy

The Poems

Itineraries, 2

The gene of death is dozing under these dunes of cereals
of awns, along itineraries of coleopters
through a sky almost without history.
I can perceive this sorrow kneaded with tiredness
with aboulia fed by the fire of renunciation full
of small polychromatic theatres down in the slums next to the pride
of a raped woman
wrapped in desperate ropes and without any wish
rich in aching residues, babydolls and childish dreams.
And there is man and man, woman and woman
who are germinating among the latrines of this infernal circle
on desiccated mountains like on profane altars
to cut off their vital organs and blend in
with the lacerated sun and become sap
for metal roots
whirling along yellowed slopes and dead grass.

(Palermo 1980, Itineraries, trad. Roberta Piazza)



* * * 


The wolf's in Milan
(drowsiness)

The wolf's scarlet pupil laps my fright;
it wanders in coffee cups, through the cruel
                                                   [round the Cathedral.
in the silence, filled with sour yeast, it torments the city
in a dullness soaked in autumn leaves, in barks.
Now, the beast bleeds along leaden spires, Gothic
                                                                           [blades;
though hidden, he smells my wounds, shirt, my soul.
His eye seems to have become my own; from his
                                                                  [mortal fire
the uncertain glance of my father, not in his thirties yet:
both of us in a thick rain of ash, voices, flashes, stones,
birds' feathers.

(Palermo, in the night of 18° June 2010; The wolf's in Milan, trad. Eleonora Chiavetta)


The Poet

Aldo Gerbino (Milano 1947), morfologo, già Ordinario di Istologia ed Embriologia nell'Università di Palermo, è Emerito della Società italiana di Biologia Sperimentale. Critico, autore per la RAI de Il tempo della terra (1985), dal suo lavoro poetico ricordiamo: Il coleottero di Jünger e Ingannando l'attesa (Novecento, 1995;1997); Non farà rumore (Spirali, 1998); Gessi (Sciascia-Scheiwiller, 1999); Il nuotatore incerto (Sciascia, 2002); Attraversare il Gobi (Spirali, 2006); Alla lettera erre, "Almanacco dello Specchio" (Mondadori, 2011); Comete mercuriali, piume (Algra, 2016); Non è tutto (Club di Milano~Spirali, 2018). Di saggistica: Presepi di Sicilia (Scheiwiller, 1998); Benvenuto Cellini (Spirali, 2006); Sicilia, poesia dei mille anni (Sciascia, 2001); Cammei (Pungitopo, 2015). Altri testi in: «Nuovi Argomenti», «Galleria», «Corriere della Sera», «Gradiva», «Poeti e Poesia», «Il sarto di Ulm»; Eri-Rai, «la Repubblica-Milano». Membro del Comitato scientifico della Fondazione Orestiadi, è Responsabile, a Palazzo Steri (Rettorato universitario), della 'Quadreria Mediterranea'.

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