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”

Christos Armando Gezos, Greece

Christos Armando Gezos, Greece

Christos Armando Gezos, Greece

The Poems


THE ONLY WAY

I loved you the way
they kill themselves
those blue birds you so craved to touch.
I picked them all one by one
to make the sky above your bed
the sea on the floor
to dive in and watch you sleep.
And if the only thing I can do
is write poems for you
it is because this is the only way I can talk
just like the flame only knows how
to burn
consuming pine trees
OR
lighting my way
at night when I set out
to find you.


* * * 


THE TRUE NATURE OF A FULL MOON


Every red full moon
is a lover's severed head
drenched in blood.

Each carries their own
by a transparent thread
truncated bodies in their thousands
their balloons filling the sky.


η πραγματική φύση ενός μοτίβου

Κάθε κόκκινη πανσέληνος
είναι ένα κομμένο κεφάλι ερωτευμένου
βουτηγμένο στο αίμα.

Κρατάει ο καθένας το δικό του
από μια διάφανη κλωστή
χιλιάδες τα κολοβωμένα σώματα
γεμίζουν με τα μπαλόνια τους τον ουρανό.


The Poet

Christos Armando Gezos was born in Himara in 1988 and grew up in Skala, Laconia. He is a graduate of the School of Rural Surveying Engineering of NTUA. He has been awarded the State Award for Newcomer Writer 2013 for his poetry collection "Unfulfilled Fears", published by Melani Publications. His latest novel "Lost Needle" was published in June 2021 by Metaichmio Publications.

Ο Χρήστος Αρμάντο Γκέζος γεννήθηκε στη Χιμάρα το 1988 και μεγάλωσε στη Σκάλα Λακωνίας. Είναι απόφοιτος της Σχολής Αγρονόμων Τοπογράφων Μηχανικών ου ΕΜΠ. Έχει βραβευτεί με το Κρατικό Βραβείο Πρωτοεμφανιζόμενου Συγγραφέα 2013 για την ποιητική του συλλογή «Ανεκπλήρωτοι Φόβοι», που κυκλοφορεί από τις εκδόσεις Μελάνι. Το τελευταίο του μυθιστόρημα «Χάθηκε Βελόνι» κυκλοφόρησε τον Ιούνιο του 2021 από τις εκδόσεις Μεταίχμιο.

Penelope Zardoukα, Greece
Βραβεία Jean Moréas 2021 - Βραχείες λίστες
 

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