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”

Angeliki Sidira Papakosta, Greece

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Angeliki Sidira Papakosta, Greece

The Poems

MOTHER OF ORGAN DONOR

Your eyes resuscirtated in a stranger face
Look around surprised without memory
And indifferently pass over me
As if they never loved me.
Uneven your heartbeats
In the breast of some unknown
Struggle desperatly
To be reconciled to the other' s life.

How heardlessly you condemned me my child
To love through you
All those prospective dead?
How many more times
You will be dying with them little by little?


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Μητέρα δωρητῆ σώματος

Ἀναστημένα σὲ ξένο πρόσωπο τὰ μάτια σου
ἔκπληκτα γύρω τους κοιτάζουν, δίχως μνῆμες
κι ἐμένα ἀδιάφορα μὲ προσπερνᾶνε
σὰ νὰ μὴ μ' ἀγαπήσανε ποτέ.
Ἄρρυθμοι οἱ κτῦποι τῆς καρδιᾶς σου
στὸ στῆθος κάποιου ἄγνωστου
παράφορα ἀγωνίζονται
νὰ συμφωλιωθοῦν μὲ τὴ δική του τὴ ζωή.

Πῶς ἔτσι ἄσπλαχνα μὲ καταδίκασες παιδί μου
μὲς ἀπὸ σένα ν' ἀγαπήσω
ὅλους αὐτοὺς τοὺς ὑποψήφιους νεκρούς;
Πόσες φορὲς ἀκόμα
μαζί τους θὰ πεθαίνεις λίγο λίγο
καὶ ὕστερα
σὲ πόσους τάφους θὰ κοιμᾶται τὸ κορμί σου;


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ALEXIA

Alexia, what a strange name
A caption underneath a magic icon
Escorting me at night in my dreams.
A most beautiful little girl
At the feet of the Byzantium lady
During that time of Basil , the Bulgan-Slayer!
( when I grow up
-my thought was running grandiosely
To an impenetrable tomorrow-
I ll call my daughter Alexia.)
The mute Bulgarian... was knocking about in my sleep,
Her silence hiding in my pillow.

I named my son Alexi,
And I raised him at some intersection
Of Bulgar- Slayer street
A beautiful Bulgarian woman, almost speechless,
Often does the cleaning at my house.
Always faithful to my beloved book
I transcribe, as much as I can
A few immortal pages
In my transient life.


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ΑΛΕΞΙΑ

Αλεξία, τι παράξενο όνομα!
Λεζάντα κάτω από μια εικόνα μαγική
Που με συνόδευε τις νύχτες στα όνειρα μου.
Μια πανέμορφη μικρούλα
Στα πόδια της Δέσποινας του Βυζαντίου
Τον καιρό εκείνο, του Βουλγαροκτόνου!
(Όταν μεγαλώσω_ έτρεχε η σκέψη μου μεγαλεπήβολη στ' αδιαπέραστο αύριο_
Την κόρη μου θα την φωνάζω Αλεξία).
Αλώνιζε στον ύπνο μου η βουβή Βουλγάρα
Κρυβότανε στο μαξιλάρι μου η σιωπή της.

Τον γιο μου τον ονόμασα Αλέξη
Και τον μεγάλωσα σε κάποιο σταυροδρόμι της Βουλγαροκτόνου
Μια όμορφη Βουλγάρα, αμίλητη σχεδόν
Συγυρίζει συχνά το σπίτι μου.
Πάντα πιστή στο αγαπημένο μου βιβλίο αντιγράφω όσο μπορώ
Κάποιες αθάνατες σελίδες του
Στην πρόσκαιρη ζωή μου.


The Poet

Angeliki Sidira Papakosta was born in Athens in 1938. Her poems have been translated into French, Italian, German, English, Spanish, Turkish and Bulgarian. He is a member of the Writers' Society and a founding member of the Poets Circle. She has taken part representing Greece in the following festivals: in Istanbul, cultural capital of 2010 in 2010, in Toledo in 2015, in Set (France) in 2016 and in Genoa in 2019. He has published 13 poetry collections. Her latest book "oimoi legousa" is dedicated to her son Alexis who left six years ago. A collection of her poems has recently been released. Her poetry collection "Silver Alert" Kedros publications 2016 won the state special thematic award. She has published the fairy tales 'Druffy the Snail and other stories". The annual magazine "Sisyphus" has dedicated issue 19, December 21 to her. She has translated poems by the American poet Emily Dickinson. She has participated with 5 other authors in the testimony "Feminine Sense".

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Η Αγγελική Σιδηρά Παπακώστα γεννήθηκε στην Αθήνα το 1938. Ποιήματά της έχουν μεταφρασθεί στα γαλλικά, ιταλικά, γερμανικά, αγγλικά, ισπανικά, τουρκικά και βουλγάρικα. Είναι μέλος της Εταιρείας Συγγραφέων και ιδρυτικό μέλος του Κύκλου ποιητών. Έχει λάβει μέρος εκπροσωπώντας την Ελλάδα στα εξής φεστιβάλ: στην Κωνσταντινούπολη πολιτιστική πρωτεύουσα του 2010 το 2010 , στο Τολέδο το 2015, στην Σετ (Γαλλία) το 2016 και στην Τζένοβα το 2019. Έχει δημοσιεύσει 13 ποιητικές συλλογές. Το τελευταίο της βιβλίο «οίμοι λέγουσα» είναι αφιερωμένο στον γιο της Αλέξη που έφυγε πριν έξι χρόνια. Πρόσφατα κυκλοφόρησε συγκεντρωτική συλλογή των ποιημάτων της. Η ποιητική της συλλογή «Silver Alert» εκδόσεις Κέδρος 2016 απέσπασε το κρατικό ειδικό θεματικό βραβείο. Έχει δημοσιεύσει τα παραμύθια «Ο Ντρούφυ το σαλιγκαράκι και άλλες ιστορίες». Το ετήσιο περιοδικό «ο Σίσυφος» τής έχει αφιερώσει το τεύχος 19, Δεκέμβριος '21. Έχει μεταφράσει ποιήματα της αμερικανίδας ποιήτριας Έμιλυ Ντίκινσον. Έχει συμμετάσχει μαζί με άλλες 5 συγγραφείς στην μαρτυρία «Αίσθηση Γυναίκας».

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