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 Marija Grbić, Serbia

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Ana Marija Grbić, Serbia

The Poems


I

my name is ahmo.
i was born two kilometers from sarajevo
in eighty-seven
i had the smallest sneakers in the world and
my mother's name was selma and then she
died.
like a sea urchin, she deflated into the sand
in front of the house
she had no entrails.

since then i also wear pants and everyone
calls me ahmo,
ahmo you look like your father, ahmo you're a fine
young man,
ahmo what will the world say

around the house, around the yard, around the street,
around the mosque,
around the doghouse

ahmo have you ever kissed a boy
have you ever smoked pot
have you ever sat with your father at ramadan
emptied the room of air

counted days, counted hours, counted
minutes, counted
clouds

ahmo my son you're a real mother's bastard
my father calls me that,
rips the teeth from his jaw, throws them at me
gathers his fists back into his arms,
grows red like the sea, hisses like a snake
understands it all epically
sometimes lunches quietly and that's when he's at his
ugliest, because
he has no recourse but to be cross and
angry,
to break pictures of mother and sit on my
neck, as
i grow blind
our room slips under the nail and darkens
between the neighbour's houses
ahmo grows his father's tail between his legs and
makes himself into a man
the new millennium rocks our curtains
and each summer is warmer than the last and
the women are around the house, around the yard, around the street
around the mosque,
around the butcher shop

since then i also wear pants.


* * * 


I

i'm almost thirty years old, my name is
anja,
i was born in belgrade [1987]
they often took me to the country in a hot
yellow yugo
the parents would turn me over to grandma and grandpa who
will soon die
from the blossoming of the brain, the narrow tissue
of the firm heart aorta, and

back then everybody said that old people
die naturally, and
i dreamed that my legs are growing together
becoming an imprint of a fish tail, and
for nights on end i'd only count the wooden
floor tiles
underneath the bed, nothing

and if but for once the beast had knocked
its horn against the door
rivers would flow, as it is
only the hauling sluggish cattle
no kind of man with the head of a donkey
and
certainly
anja's good, the kindergarten teachers said,
only a little withdrawn, maybe she's shy,
send her to acting classes
where i learned how to speak louder
in order to say less
and how my hair looks best over to
the left side.

that will do well enough for a life.


The Poet

Ana Marija Grbić was born in Belgrade 1987. She studied literature at Belgrade University and now she is on a last year of her PHD studies. She published 3 poetry books: Yes, but don't be afraid/2012, Venus and other mountains (2014), Earth 2.0 (2018), book of non-fiction Idoli and the last day (2019) and short story collection Deers back (2021). She is a member of Serbian literature society and Serbian PEN Centre. Ana Marija is a founder and editor of ARGH poetry organization. She is working as an editor for six years. She is menthoring creative writing school for seven years.

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