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”

Ana Arzoumanian, Argentina

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 Ana Arzoumanian, Argentina

The Poems

She, the never daughter/ Ella, la nunca hija

Poem 1

She didn't speak
for a few days,
nothing to voice;
petrified in her throat
a squeezed flow of ants,
an accumulation of ropes,
columns of fume
sticky with insects,
weirdoes,
a packed heap of cloths
in her throat yard,
where she keeps
a numb rusty water,
in that bowl, there,
atrophy of heartbeat,
not in verse
her fear.


No habló
durante algunos días,
no tenía nada que decir;
petrificada en su garganta
una afluencia estrujada de hormigas,
un amontonamiento de sogas,
volutas de un humo
pegoteado de insectos,
de bichos raros,
un pilón abarrotado de trapos
en el corralón de su garganta,
allí donde ella guarda
un agua entumecida, oxidada,
en esa palangana, ahí,
la atrofia del latido,
lo no versificado
de su miedo.



Poem 2

The wrong thing with her was
she breathed through the wound,
that blind injured
dot of skin, the hairy
tow of her pelvis.
A whiff delves in the bends
and only the delay, the elusive
desertion of battles,
nothing else is felt.
The wrong thing with her was
that a crammed
thickness of thirst
touched her living part.
And there, in the pettiness,
in the mere nothing of safeguarding,
it's tense every moment
when she in vain shuts
the sore place.

Lo malo en ella era
que respiraba por la herida,
ese punto ciego
llagado de la piel, la estopa
pelviana de sus pelos.
Un soplido hurga en los recodos
y salvo el retardo, la esquiva
deserción de las batallas,
nada se deja sentir.
Lo malo en ella era
que un grosor
amontonado de la sed
la tocaba en lo vivo.
Y ahí, en la pequeñez,
en la nonada del resguardo,
es tieso cada instante
en el que ella cierra en falso
la rozadura.



The Poet

Ana Arzoumanian: She was born in Buenos Aires in 1962. She is a lawyer, writer and translator. She has completed a posgraduate course on Psychoanalisis at Escuela de Orientación Lacaniana. She was Professor of Philosophy of Law at Universidad del Salvador, Professor at Tres de Febrero University and Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales both on Creative Writing. She is now editor in chief of Canoa Literary Collection of Poliedro magazine, San Isidro University. She has published poetry books: Labios, Debajo de la piedra, El ahogadero, Cuando todo acabe todo acabará, Káukasos, La Jesenská, the novels: La mujer de ellos, Mar Negro, the stories: La granada, Mía, Juana I, Del vodka hecho con moras, Infieles, essays: El depósito humano: una geografía de la desaparición; Hacer violencia. El régimen insurrecto en el arte, La guerra es un verbo.

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