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”

Nikolas Koutsodontis, Greece

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Nikolas Koutsodontis, Greece

Frying oil

The Poems

Frying oil

I dream of the invincible tree
                           in the red soil
but everything is dark
a statistical reduction of the population and an
elevator shaft with all its colour.

The touch cannot reach not even
the forecourt of randomness
and I am left measuring the performance
of my salaried afternoons
and the manager's raid
upsetting in the pan
the settled frying oil.

My head in your hand
a joystick of flesh
but I am waiting for thunder to bleed
and for the clockwork
storms and showers to come.


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ΤΗΓΑΝΟΛΑΔΟ

Ονειρεύομαι το αήττητο δέντρο
           στο κοκκινόχωμα
μα όλα σκοτεινά
στατιστική μείωση του πληθυσμού κι ένα
φρεάτιο του ασανσέρ με όλο του το χρώμα.

Δε λέει να φτάσει το άγγιγμα μήτε
στον προαύλιο χώρο του τυχαίου
κι απομένει να μετρώ τις επιδόσεις
των μισθωτών μου απογευμάτων
και την επιδρομή του διευθυντή
που ταράζει στο τηγάνι
το στάσιμο τηγανόλαδο.

Το κεφάλι μου στη χούφτα σας
ένα τζόιστικ σάρκινο
μα εγώ περιμένω να ματώσουνε οι κεραυνοί
και να 'ρθουνε ωρολογιακές
οι αστραπές κι οι μπόρες.

Από το βιβλίο «Μόνο κανέναν μη μου φέρεις σπίτι» (Θράκα, 2021)


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Holy bread

When the dictator's iron sword
falls in the central square
two tourists' heads split open
and a little sun lake shows
the good will existing
in the Employ of the Heavens.

And the nuns tall like socialist buildings
recall last year's Christmas;
time to bless the cherries and the berries
and the hands of gas salesmen who trade
flower bouquets for the deceived Polish women.

Now we bend our knee
the metaphysical bell erases baby cries
like bread that vanishes in the mouth.
I feel cursed
as if I played Jesus in a movie
and I am now ready to say
the big YES to Catholicism.
             (Warsaw, 8.7.2018 / 9.1.2019)


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ΟΣΤΙΑ

Όταν το σιδερένιο ξίφος του δικτάτορα
στην κεντρική πλατεία πέφτει
δυο κεφάλια τουριστών ανοίγουν
και μια λιμνούλα ήλιου δείχνει
την καλή διάθεση που υπάρχει
στην Εργοδοσία των Ουρανών.

Και οι ψηλές σαν κτίρια σοσιαλιστικά καλόγριες
θυμούνται περσινά Χριστούγεννα·
καιρός να ευλογήσουν τα κεράσια και τα μούρα
και τα χέρια βενζινοπωλών που εμπορεύονται
ανθοδέσμες για τις πολωνές απατημένες.

Τώρα σκύβουμε στα γόνατα
το μεταφυσικό κουδούνι σβήνει
κλάματα μωρουδιακά
σαν ψωμί που χάνεται στο στόμα.
Νιώθω καταραμένος
σάμπως τον Ιησού να είχα παραστήσει σε ταινία
κι έτοιμος είμαι πια να πω
το μέγα ΝΑΙ στον Καθολικισμό.

(Βαρσοβία, 8.7.2018 / 9.1.2019)

Από το βιβλίο «Μόνο κανέναν μη μου φέρεις σπίτι» (Θράκα, 2021)



The Poet

Nikolas Koutsodontis was born in Athens in 1987. He studied Scoiology at Panteion university. He has published two poetry collections: Decalcomania (Entypois, 2017) and Just don't bring anyone home (Thraca, 2021).

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Ο Νικόλας Κουτσοδόντης γεννήθηκε το 1987 στην Αθήνα. Σπούδασε Κοινωνιολογία στο Πάντειο Πανεπιστήμιο. Έχουν εκδοθεί δύο ποιητικές του συλλογές: Χαλκομανία (Εντύποις, 2017) και Μόνο κανέναν μη μου φέρεις σπίτι (Θράκα, 2021).

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