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”

Leonidas Kakaroglou, Greece

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Leonidas Kakaroglou, Greece


The Poems

MORNING IN NEW YORK

It must be morning in New York now
the north wind probably blows and it is snowing
the timid light must be shining
no one would be changing the radio stations
until you decide

I smell your perfume in my hands
And discover a thread from your coat
I'll keep it and first chance I'll send it to you
I hope you'll write to me
So I can keep your address

Otherwise I'll keep the thread
A pledge of small life
That the sleet covered


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ΠΡΩΙΝΟ ΣΤΗ ΝΕΑ ΥΟΡΚΗ

Τώρα θα ξημερώνει στη Νέα Υόρκη
Θα φυσάει Βοριάς και το χιονόνερο
Θα στραφταλίζει στο δειλό φως

Κανείς δεν θα σε περιμένει
Ο ταξιτζής θ' αλλάζει σταθμούς στο ραδιόφωνο
Μέχρι να αποφασίσεις

Μυρίζω το άρωμά σου στα χέρια μου
Κι ανακαλύπτω μια κλωστή απ' τη ζακέτα σου
Θα την κρατήσω να στη στείλω με την πρώτη ευκαιρία
Ελπίζω να μου γράψεις, για να έχω τη διεύθυνση

Αλλιώς θα τη φυλάξω
Ενέχυρο μικρής ζωής που σκέπασε
Του χρόνου το χιονόνερο


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NECKLACE

I go to inspect your house
Darkness everywhere
You must be gone
I unlock to smell a bit of you
But the house is empty
There are no furniture
No curtains
No smell
Everything is gone, you too

What can I do with the key now
Should I hide it in my wallet
Like an old coin passed among
The hands of many men
Or should I make a necklace with it
To hang around my neck
Just to understand why I choke
When I think of you


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ΤΟ ΜΕΝΤΑΓΙΟΝ

Το σπίτι σου παραμονεύω
Παντού σκοτάδι
Εσύ θα λείπεις

Ξεκλειδώνω για να μυρίσω λίγο από σένα

Μα το σπίτι άδειο
Ούτε έπιπλα
Ούτε κουρτίνες
Ούτε μυρωδιά

Έφυγαν όλα, κι έφυγες μαζί τους

Και τώρα τι θα κάνω το κλειδί

Να το φυλάξω στο πορτοφόλι μου
Σα νόμισμα πάλιο που από τόσων
Ανθρώπων χέρια πέρασε

Ή να του περάσω καδένα
Να το φοράω στο λαιμό

Να ξέρω γιατί πνίγομαι
Όταν με πιάνει λύπη


The Poet

Leonidas Kakaroglou: Was born in Chania in 1952. He studied Civil Engineering at NTUA. He has published 10 poetry collections and a novel. His poems have been published in literary magazines and have been set to music by Greek composers. His books: The Tigers of the Rooms (Hestia Bookstore 2017), Almost complete memory (Hestia Bookstore - nominee for the State Poetry Award 2014). Life and nothing else (Hestia Bookstore 2011), Exit Permit (Panos Street 2009), The days before the years (Panos Street 2007), Only time knows (Plethron 2000). The habit of calendars (Plethron 1995). In the white of the seabed (Plethron 1989). Almost close-up (Plethron 1986). Girl landscapes (1981).

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Ο Λεωνίδας Κακάρογλου, γεννήθηκε στα Χανιά το 1952. Σπούδασε Πολιτικός Μηχανικός στο ΕΜΠ. Έχει εκδώσει 10 ποιητικές συλλογές και ένα μυθιστόρημα. Ποιήματα του έχουν περιληφθεί σε λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά και έχουν μελοποιηθεί από Έλληνες συνθέτες. Βιβλία του: Οι τίγρεις των δωματίων (Βιβλιοπωλείον της Εστίας 2017), Μνήμη σχεδόν πλήρης (Βιβλιοπωλείον της Εστίας – υποψήφιο για το Κρατικό Βραβείο Ποίησης 2014). Η ζωή και τίποτ' άλλο (Βιβλιοπωλείον της Εστίας 2011), Άδεια εξόδου (Οδός Πανός 2009), Οι μέρες πριν τα χρόνια (Οδός Πανός 2007), Μονάχα ο χρόνος ξέρει (Πλέθρον 2000). Η συνήθεια των ημερολογίων (Πλέθρον 1995). Στο λευκό του βυθού (Πλέθρον 1989). Σχεδόν γκρο πλαν (Πλέθρον 1986). Τοπία κοριτσιών (1981).

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