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”

Alexandros Kordas, Greece

Alexandros Kordas, Greece

Alexandros Kordas, Greece

The Poems


THE STONE

All alone descending from the vigil,
that road that is without light and hold's us together.
And as we find ourselves, we will be rocks,
above our heads we will say: «it is raining».

And not asking for a tender branch to have,
we will fall into that enduring abyss of ours.
And around us will be spreading fields of corn,
from such an Abyss the light seems faraway.

And we'll miss Heaven full,
with that smugness of our inner Robinson,
and our stone heart will be the third eye,

that will be seeing an upcoming monsoon.
A breath of fresh air, a little light in the dark.
Oh, that a caress cracks our spikes!


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Η ΠΕΤΡΑ

Απ' την αγρύπνια κατεβαίνοντας μονάχοι,
τον δρόμο που 'ναι δίχως φως και μας συνέχει.
Τον εαυτό μας βρίσκοντας θα 'μαστε βράχοι,
επάνω απ' τα κεφάλια μας θα πούμε βρέχει.

Και μην ζητώντας τρυφερό κλωνάρι να 'χει,
θα πέφτουμε σε βάραθρο που μας αντέχει.
Και γύρω μας θε ν' απλωθούν χωράφια στάχυ,
από μια τέτοιαν Άβυσσο το φως απέχει.

Και την Παράδεισο θα χάνουμε γεμάτοι,
με μι' αυταρέσκεια του μέσα Ροβινσώνα,
η πέτρινη καρδιά μας θα 'ν' το τρίτο μάτι,

θα βλέπει κάποιον επερχόμενο μουσώνα.
Δροσιάς ανάσα, λίγο φως μες στο σκοτάδι.
Ω, να ραγίσει τις αιχμές μας ένα χάδι!




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HELEN

We walked in a bustling Chalkida
and the waters flowed below the bridge.
A thorn was tearing through my heart,
a flame that lit up in a crackling sky.

And from skies to the lowlands a new ray,
kindled the dry reed of my mind,
and from the horizon in front of me I saw it coming,
an unspeakable and bright Saturday.

You touched my arm with your delicate hand,
I look at your gaze that softens everything,
And told you, «look at the waters as they flow, Helen».

It's the dream that bounds my existence,
and from your lips I will ardently drink wine;
o creature of the mind, full shirt of mine.


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ΕΛΕΝΗ

Σε μια πολύβουη βαδίζαμε Χαλκίδα
και τρέχαν τα νερά στην γέφυρ' από κάτω.
Διάπυρη την καρδιά μου μού σκιζε μια ακίδα,
μια φλόγα π' άναψε μες σ' ουρανό κροκάτο.

Κι απ' τα ψηλά στα χαμηλά μια νέα αχτίδα,
του νου μου άναψε την ξεραμένη βάτο,
κι απ' τον ορίζοντα μπροστά μου να 'ρχεται είδα,
Σάββατο άφατο κι ολόφωτο Σαββάτο.

Στο μπράτσο μ' άγγιξες με χέρι ντελικάτο,
το βλέμμα σου κοιτώ που όλα τ' απαλαίνει,
για να σου πω, «δες τα νερά πως παν' Ελένη».

Την ύπαρξή μου μόνο τ' όνειρο την δένει,
κι από τα χείλη σου κρασί θα πιω φλογάτο.
Ω πλάσμα συ του νου, πουκάμισο γεμάτο.


The Poet

Alexandros Kordas was born in 1989. He studied Psychology at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. For his first book of poetry, The Blind Horse (2018), he was awarded the Jean Moréas Prize, in the Best Debut Author category. In the collaborative volume Pentasimon (2020) twelve of his poems are included.

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Ο Αλέξανδρος Κορδάς γεννήθηκε το 1989 στην Αθήνα. Για το πρώτο του ποιητικό βιβλίο, το Τυφλό Άλογο (2018), τιμήθηκε με το βραβείο Jean Moréas, στην κατηγορία του πρωτοεμφανιζόμενου συγγραφέα. Στον συνεργατικό τόμο Πεντάσημον (2020) περιλαμβάνονται δώδεκα ποιήματά του. Διαχειρίζεται το ιστολόγιο Παράξενες Γωνίες.

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