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”

Vitomirka Trebovac, Serbia

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 Vitomirka Trebovac, Serbia

The Poems

opposites

in front of the
'olga petrov'
retirement home
a man kissed
a woman's hand
she raised her head
and he blushed
and what happened after
I don't know
because the wheels of my bicycle
are big
and I'm
already in another part of town.
here it begins to rain lightly and
there is the stink of mcdonalds
a girl plays accordion in front of it
stiff families eye her suspiciously.
I would crush
them with my big bicycle,
but I am polite as well
my upbringing does not let me
cause any issues.

(translated by Tamara Božić)


*


Αντίθετα

Μπροστά στο
«Όλγα Πετρόφ»
Γηροκομείο
Ένας άντρας φίλησε
Το χέρι μιας γυναίκας
Σήκωσε το κεφάλι αυτή
Κι αυτός κοκκίνισε
Και τι συνέβη έπειτα
Δεν το γνωρίζω
Γιατι του ποδηλάτου μου οι ρόδες
Είναι μεγάλες
Και είμαι
Ήδη σ' άλλο σημείο της πόλης.
Εδώ αρχίζει ελαφρώς να βρέχει και
Υπάρχει η δυσωδία των McDonalds
Ένα κορίτσι παίζει ακορντεόν μπροστά της
Βλοσυρές φαμίλιες την κοιτάζουν υποψιασμένα.
Θα τους συνέτριβα
Με το μεγάλο μου ποδήλατο,
Μα είμαι ευγενική κι εγώ
Η αγωγή μου δε με αφήνει
Να προκαλέσω προβλήματα.

(Μετάφραση: Νικόλας Κουτσοδόντης)


*


suprotnosti

ispred doma penzionera
'olga petrov'
muškarac ženu
ljubi u ruku
i ona digne glavu
on se postidi,
a za dalje ne znam
jer točkovi mog bicikla
veliki su i
već sam u drugom kraju grada.
tamo promiče kiša i
smrdi mcdonalds
jedna devojčica ispred
svira harmoniku
ispeglane porodice
gledaju je s podozrenjem.
pogazila bi ih najradije
svojim velikim biciklom,
ali i ja sam ugladjena
vaspitanje mi ne da
da pravim probleme.


* * * 


I will never forget

some woman reading proust
in a tram in gdansk
and a fat cat who
ate my pancakes when
I was a child
I will not forget
how mom screamed
when they told her something over the phone
and the view
of the skyscrapers from some hotel
I will never forget
the waiting line for visas
and how we played frisbee
drunk in a park in berlin
before dawn
then I will never forget
how they helped uncle to escape the army
because the war began
and my grandma's hands shaking
I will never forget when sara was born
and I was at the pool
first second third
emigration
I will not forget
when I saw you
on the staircase of the bookstore.
never.

(translated by Tamara Božić)


*


Δεν θα ξεχάσω ποτέ

Κάποια γυναίκα που διάβαζε Προυστ
Σ΄ένα τραμ στο Γκντάνσκ
Κι ένα παχύ γατί που
Έφαγε τις τηγανίτες μου όταν
Ήμουνα παιδί
Δεν θα ξεχάσω ποτέ
Πως ξεφώνισε η μαμά
Όταν της είπαν κάτι απ' το τηλέφωνο
Και την θέα
Των ουρανοξυστών από 'να ξενοδοχείο
Δεν θα ξεχάσω ποτέ
Τη λίστα αναμονής για θεωρήσεις
Και πως παίζαμε φρίσμπι
Μεθυσμένοι σ' ένα πάρκο στο Βερολίνο
Πριν την αυγή
Έπειτα ποτέ δεν θα ξεχάσω
Πως βοήθησαν τον θείο να γλιτώσει τον στρατό
Επειδή ξεκίνησε ο πόλεμος
Και της γιαγιάς τα χέρια έτρεμαν
Ποτέ δεν θα ξεχάσω όταν η Σάρα εγενήθη
Και ήμουν στην πισίνα
Πρώτη δεύτερη τρίτη
μετανάστευση
Δεν θα ξεχάσω ποτέ
Όταν σε είδα
Στου βιβλιοπωλείου τη σκάλα.
Ποτέ.

(Μετάφραση: Νικόλας Κουτσοδόντης)


*


nikad neću zaboraviti

neku ženu koja čita prusta
u tramvaju u gdanjsku
i debelog mačora koji mi je
pojeo palačinke
kad sam bila dete
neću zaboraviti
kako je mama vrisnula
kad su joj nešto javili telefonom
i jedan pogled
na nebodere iz jednog hotela
nikad neću zaboraviti
red za vize
i kako smo igrali frizbi
pijani u berlinskom parku
pred zoru
onda neću zaboraviti
kako su uju vadili iz vojske
jer je bio rat
babinih šaka koje se tresu
neću zaboraviti kad se rodila sara
a ja bila na bazenu
emigraciju
jednu drugu treću
neću zaboraviti
kad sam te ugledala
na stepenicama u knjižari
nikad.


The Poet

Vitomirka Trebovac (born 1980 in Novi Sad, Serbia) has published three poetry books: Plavo u boji (Blue in Colour, 2011), Sve drveće, sva deca i svi bicikli u meni (All the Trees, Kids, and Bicycles Within Me, 2017) and Dani punog meseca (Full moon days, 2020)She edited a book of poetry, about the neo-avant-garde, Novosadska neoavangarda- izbor iz poezije (2021). Together with Jelena Anđelovski she edited a book of poetry Ovo nije dom (This Is Not Home, 2017). Vitomirka works in a bookstore and at the publishing centre Bulevar Books in Novi Sad. (https://www.facebook.com/BulevarBooks) and she is coordinator of literary festival Sofa. She has participated in several residency programs and international festivals and her poems have been translated into several languages and published in various poetry magazines ( Atlanta Review, Elewator, Poeteka...)

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