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”

Lena Kallergi, Greece

Lena Kallergi, Greece

Lena Kallergi, Greece

The Poems

Identities

In northern countries with round hills
and mist rising from the lakes
I was Greek.

In faraway continents
with canyons and red deserts
I was European.

In the dark alleys of big cities
with frightened footsteps and hurried keys
I was a woman.

And in this small
wild piece of land
where I first saw the colour of water
and of delicate insects
I was a cell
who could not tell apart
flowers from worms and grass
but kept breathing this ancient task
on the ground.


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Ταυτότητες

Στις βόρειες χώρες με τα στρογγυλά βουνά
με την ομίχλη που ανεβαίνει από τις λίμνες
υπήρξα Ελληνίδα.

Στις μακρινές ηπείρους
με τα φαράγγια και τις κόκκινες ερήμους
υπήρξα Ευρωπαία.

Σε σκοτεινά σοκάκια μητροπόλεων
με τρομαγμένα βήματα και βιαστικά κλειδιά
ήμουν γυναίκα.

Και στο μικρό
το άγριο κομμάτι γης
που είδα το χρώμα του νερού και των λεπτών εντόμων
υπήρξα κύτταρο
που ούτε κοιτούσε ούτε ξεχώριζε
λουλούδια και σκουλήκια και χορτάρι
μα ανέπνεε την αρχαία αποστολή
πάνω στο χώμα.


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I swear

on summer parties in back yards
on dances, on weddings
on festivals

on friends' houses
on my walks with them
on the big screen of this phone

on the body inside me
on the secrets we share in the night
on the joy of this child, running towards me

that I will never forsake desolation.


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Ορκίζομαι

σε γιορτές με γεμάτες αυλές
σε χορούς, σε γάμους
σε αγκαλιές

στα σπίτια των φίλων
στις βόλτες μαζί τους
στο τηλέφωνο με τη μεγάλη οθόνη

στο άλλο σώμα μέσα στο δικό μου
στα μυστικά που μοιραζόμαστε τη νύχτα
στη χαρά του παιδιού όταν τρέχει κοντά μου

ότι δεν θ' αρνηθώ την ερημιά.

The Poet

Lena Kallergi has published two books of poetry: Κήποι στην άμμο/Gardens on sand (Gavrielides, 2010, -'Maria Polydouri' Award for New Poets), and Περισσεύει ένα πλοίο/Α ship to spare (Gavrielides, 2016 - Poets' Circle Award, shortlisted for the National Poetry Award), as well as two volumes of poetry in collaboration with 'Ομάδα Από Ποίηση'/ 'Poetry Team' (Gavrielides, 2010, 2012). Her poems, short stories, essays and translations can be found in literary magazines and anthologies in Greece and other countries. She has translated poetry by Giacomo Leopardi (Gavrielides, 2013), John Keats, William Wordsworth, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Kedros, 2021), and others.

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Η Λένα Καλλέργη έχει εκδώσει τα βιβλία ποίησης Κήποι στην άμμο (Γαβριηλίδης, 2010 - Βραβείο «Μαρία Πολυδούρη», 2011) και Περισσεύει ένα πλοίο (Γαβριηλίδης, 2016 - Βραβείο Κύκλου Ποιητών, υποψήφιο για Κρατικό Βραβείο Ποίησης). Συμμετείχε στα συλλογικά, πειραματικά βιβλία ποίησης Ομάδα Από Ποίηση (Γαβριηλίδης, 2010) και Ομάδα Από Ποίηση ΙΙ: Υπέρ Ονειρίας (Γαβριηλίδης, 2012). Ποιήματα, μεταφράσεις και δοκίμιά της βρίσκονται σε περιοδικά και ανθολογίες στην Ελλάδα και σε άλλες χώρες. Έχει μεταφράσει ποίηση του Giacomo Leopardi (Η νύχτα απομένει, Γαβριηλίδης, 2013), ποιήματα των Άγγλων Ρομαντικών ποιητών Keats, Coleridge, Wordsworth (Κέδρος, 2021), και άλλων.

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