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”

Nikos Lazaris, Greece

Nikos Lazaris, Greece

Nikos Lazaris, GREECE

Woman waiting in a bus stop

The Poems


WOMAN WAITING IN A BUS STOP


Oh anonymous woman what are you waiting

under the zinc of the shed?

The bus will not come.

Love will not come.

He will not come.

Through your wrinkles

I can see the

life that faints away–

this monochrome television set

showing only one channel

its screen often going black,full of white noise.

Small rooms, many children

moisture in the bones and in the heart

hard times

hard times

hard times.

You are not the woman who

won my admiration the other day in the pages of Elle,

I have not seen you in the new film

of Antonioni or Trufault,

I don't know any grand poet or painter

that has praised your face.

You pass every day among us

nondescript, almost invisible,

always waiting for something

that will not come,

writing from time to time

with your menstruation blood

cries of despair upon the air

while the background of the picture

shows the blue magnificence

of the attic sky.


Translated by Tassos Anastasiou


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ΓΥΝΑΙΚΑ ΣΕ ΣΤΑΣΗ ΛΕΩΦΟΡΕΙΟΥ


Τι περιμένεις γυναίκα άγνωστη

κάτω από το τσίγκινο υπόστεγο;

Το λεωφορείο δεν θα ' ρθει.

Ο έρωτας δεν θα' ρθει.

Εκείνος δεν θα 'ρθει.

Μέσα από τις ρυτίδες σου

μπορώ να διακρίνω τη ζωή

που χάνεται

-αυτή την ασπρόμαυρη τηλεόραση

με τον ένα μόνο σταθμό,

τις συχνές διακοπές, τα παράσιτα.

Δεν είσαι εσύ η γυναίκα

που θαύμασα τις προάλλες στο ELLE,

δεν σε είδα στην τελευταία ταινία

του Αντονιόνι ή του Τρυφφώ

δεν άκουσα να σε υμνούν

μεγάλοι ποιητές και ζωγράφοι.

Περνάς κάθε μέρα ανάμεσά μας

ανώνυμη , σχεδόν αόρατη

περιμένοντας πάντα κάτι

που δεν θα 'ρθει ποτέ,

γράφοντας κατά διαστήματα

κραυγές απογνώσεως

με το έμμηνο αίμα σου στον αέρα,

με φόντο τον, εξαίσια γαλάζιο,

Αττικό ουρανό. 


The Poet

Nikos Lazaris was born in Piraeus, but grew up in Likovrissi, where he still lives.He studiedjournalism and the cinematography.He worked as a journalist in Athenian newspapers and magazines and as a copywriter and creative director for large advertising agencies. In addition, he servedas Art Director at the Cultural Center of Municipality of Likoyrissiand as Director of the "Takis Sinopoulos, Foundation of Modern Greek Poetry". He is the author of seven books of poetry and two books of critical essays. He also cooperated withliterary magazines "Arts and Letters", " Planodion" "Mandragoras" and "Nea Efthini" as a literary critic. From March 2002 to December 2012, he held the column of literary criticism of "Nea Estia" magazine. His poems have been translated into foreign languages. He is a founding member of the society of writers.

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Ο Νίκος Λάζαρης γεννήθηκε στη Νίκαια του Πειραιά, αλλά έζησε τα παιδικά του χρόνια στη Λυκόβρυση όπου και κατοικεί μόνιμα. Σπούδασε Δημοσιογραφία και Κινηματογράφο. Εργάστηκε ως δημοσιογράφος σε αθηναϊκές εφημερίδες και περιοδικά και ως κειμενογράφος και δημιουργικός διευθυντής (creative director) σε μεγάλες διαφημιστικές εταιρείες. Διετέλεσε επίσης καλλιτεχνικός διευθυντής στο Πνευματικό Κέντρο του Δήμου Λυκόβρυσης και διευθυντήςστο Ίδρυμα «Τάκης Σινόπουλος Σπουδαστήριο Νεοελληνικής Ποίησης». Έχει δημοσιεύσει εφτά ποιητικές συλλογές και δύο τόμους με κριτικά κείμενα και δοκίμια. Με την ιδιότητα του κριτικού έχει συνεργαστεί με τα λογοτεχνικά περιοδικά «Γράμματα και Τέχνες», «Πλανόδιον», «Μανδραγόρας» και «Νέα Ευθύνη», ενώ για δέκα χρόνια (2002-2012) κράτησε τη στήλη της λογοτεχνικής κριτικής στο περιοδικό «Νέα Εστία». Είναι ιδρυτικό μέλος της Εταιρείας Συγγραφέων.

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