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 Santo Tihomir, Greece

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Alexandros Santo Tihomir, Greece

The Poems

BEAUTIFUL

                    for Liana

I fade away softly
so you remain asleep
lightening up the corners of the room
with everything
I haven't kissed.
I'll lean on you awhile
Ι'll wonder
if happiness sleeps beside
an unexpected moment.
But you'll roll over
towards a direction
that doesn't contain me.

(Μετάφραση: Alexandros Santo Tihomir/επιμέλεια-διόρθωση μετάφρασης Sam Albatros)


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ΟΜΟΡΦΗ

                  στη Λιάνα

Σβήνω ήσυχα
για να κοιμάσαι συ
φωτίζοντας τις γωνιές του δωματίου
μ' όσα δε φίλησα ακόμα.
Θα γείρω πάνω σου για λίγο
θ' αναρωτηθώ
μήπως η ευτυχία κοιμάται δίπλα
σε μι' απρόσμενη στιγμή.
Όμως θα κουνηθείς
γυρνώντας πλευρό προς μια κατεύθυνση
που δε με περιέχει.


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THE LAST TRAIN

                             for Dimitra

It was so pervertedly nice yesterday
so nice
and perverted
that I'd almost steal your cigarette
and smoke guilt again
dwell in the haunted
by young gardens homes of yours
and I stay there.
But I'm in fugue.
And I wonder
inside the last train
if the door will open
and you
will show up
in your sunny self.

Those who truly loved us
never understood us.

(Μετάφραση: Alexandros Santo Tihomir/επιμέλεια-διόρθωση μετάφρασης Sam Albatros)


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ΤΟ ΤΕΛΕΥΤΑΙΟ ΤΡΕΝΟ

                                      στη Δήμητρα

Ήταν τόσο διαστροφικά όμορφα χτες
τόσο όμορφα
και διαστροφικά
που μου ήρθε να σου πάρω το τσιγάρο
και να καπνίσω πάλι τύψεις
να κατοικήσω τα στοιχειωμένα
από νεαρούς κήπους σπίτια σου
και να μείνω εκεί.
Όμως είμαι στη φυγή –
Κι αναρωτιέμαι μέσα στο τελευταίο τρένο
αν η πόρτα του βαγονιού θ' ανοίξει
και θα φανερωθείς
ηλιόλουστη εσύ.

Όσοι μας αγάπησαν αληθινά
δε μας κατάλαβαν ποτέ.



The Poet

Alexandros Santo Tihomir was born in Athens in 1994. He is currently an undergraduate student in Greek Philology at the University of Ioannina. His poetic synthesis "Nathan: a journey to the inner landscape of a god" (Vakxikon publications, 2019) was nominated in the "Best New Poet" category for the Jean Moréas 2020 awards and it was included in the Anthology "The poems of 2019" (Society of Dekata publications, 2020). His last book, the narrative poem "Man was the treaty of peace: the confession of an incarnate time", was printed by Aparsis publications in 2021. He blogs at "Limonario": https://poetry-limonario.blogspot.com/

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Ο Αλέξανδρος Σάντο Τιχομίρ γεννήθηκε το 1994 στην Αθήνα και είναι φοιτητής Φιλολογίας του Πανεπιστημίου Ιωαννίνων. H ποιητική του σύνθεση «Νάθαν: ένα ταξίδι στο εσωτερικό τοπίο ενός θεού» (εκδόσεις Βακχικόν, 2019) συμπεριλήφθηκε στη βραχεία λίστα πρωτοεμφανιζόμενων ποιητών των βραβείων Jean Moréas 2020 και στην ανθολογία «Τα ποιήματα του 2019» (εκδόσεις Κοινωνία των δεκάτων, 2020). Ακολούθησε η έκδοση του αφηγηματικού ποιήματος «Ο άνθρωπος ήταν η συνθήκη της ειρήνης: η εξομολόγηση ενός ενσαρκωμένου χρόνου» (εκδόσεις Άπαρσις, 2021). Διατηρεί το ιστολόγιο Λειμωνάριο, όπου δημοσιεύονται κυρίως ποιήματα και δοκίμια.

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