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”

Mari Kashiwagi, Japan

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 Mari Kashiwagi, Japan

The Poems


Butterfly/Rainbow 


Rainbow shimmers



a memory of Butterfly

having been here


*


On Butterfly's shoreline

Rainbow slumbers


*


What Rainbow

could not articulate

a butterfly


*


Sky's



reincarnation as a rainbow

Butterfly


*


Butterfly is

tuning Rainbow



*



Rainbow

rises




Butterfly

alights




[English translation by Takako Lento]

Nectar's Root 


Apple

growing
outward

being
split
by

Nectar

welling



*




touched into swaying

Nectar                                             

                                            says

Me



*

Nectar meets Nectar




pressed
into

singing




*



Apple
                   touches


Nectar




what its flower has seen                                          

resonates



*



in order to be forgotten
from within




Flower                                     

opens             

              outward



*



Nectar

enters
into
the heart
of
rain



to be beaten
against the earth



*

scent

trails from

flowers

disorienting




*

Wishing

to
bloom

to
be
something
different


[English Translation by Takako Lento]

The Poet

Mari Kashiwagi was born in Erlangen, Germany, and raised in Japan. She is a Japanese poet and art curator. She won an award of the prestigious poetry magazine, Gendaishi Techo (1995), and International Micro Poetry Award Silver Prize from the Boao International Poetry Festival (2021). Excerpts from her second book, Nectar's root as far as its Resonance reaches (2008) are presented in the Poetry International Web. Her third collection Butterfly (2020) is in Japanese with an English translation by Takako Lento. As an curator, she has curated more than a dozen exhibitions on Japanese and Chinese ceramic arts, and written two books. She has been invited to read at the Struga Poetry Evenings festival (North Macedonia, 2014), InterLese (Germany, 2016), and The Princeton Festival (USA, 2018), and also invited to the numerous online festivals and readings in the world. Her poems are translated in 11 languages so far.

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