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The 29th Medellín International Poetry Festival

From June 29 to July 6 of this year, the poets’ voice of the peoples all around the world will come back. Through the poetic word, arts and thought that reflect on the issues of our times, we will continue with the purpose of performing poetic and artistic actions...

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An arrow whispers my name

Ahmed-Al-Mulla was born in 1961 in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia, and has a BA from King Saud University. He is consultant  of Saudi Culture and Arts Society, director of Saudi Film Festival in 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019; director of Poetry Festival 2015, 2016, 2017; Executive...

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The Decadence of the Human Rights Standards

In a world of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, poverty no longer has a home. While some adopt the technologies of the contemporary society, others struggle to feed their children and to make ends meet and have no idea how to survive another day. In Europe, where I have lived a great part of my life...

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The Gost from the Desert

My mind leaps and I am there - walking with the human convoys marching to their death in the Der Zor desert. My breasts are heavy with the cold weight of a newborn child - there is no more milk left in them. I am panting like a young girl running from the sword. My words are charged with fury, my pen coils through the yellow memory...

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Poetry At The Service Of Truth And Hope

Whenever concepts such as the universe, cosmos, myths, eroticism, war, and the like are mentioned, we all refer to our own perceptions of these phenomena based on the knowledge and experience we have accumulated throughout our lives. Sometimes it all seems so...

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Poems from Lesotho

Rethabile Masilo is a Mosotho poet who has lived in France for more than 30 years. He left his country, Lesotho, as a refugee in 1981, eventually ending up in the USA where he continued his biology studies. He moved to France in 1987. Rethabile has published four books of poetry and two poetry...

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What happens when nothing else can: Poetry and Spirituality

In terms of bongaka (African divination) and kereke tša semoya (Spirit-type African Initiated Churches), art is the communicative heart of religiosity, and a religious lifestyle, without which faith is neither tailored-made nor complete. Here a dance...

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Poetry and Politics

H Auden wrote in his elegy for Yeats: “Poetry makes nothing happen”. Discussing this idea, Blake Morrison in his article “How Poetry Can Make Things Happen” elaborates that for those who think in this line, “the poem is valuable insofar as it doesn’t involve tself in the real world but resides...

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Deterritorialized Bodies: On Listening

The complex swirls and cavities of the ear create a negative space in the body, an openness to the world and to language that is both actual and metaphorical. Listening might be considered the inverse of the poem, the silent reception that frames linguistic utterance...

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A Cloudy Earth

Kiril Merjanski was born on 30 July 1955 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is a Bulgarian poet, playwright and translator from English. He graduated in History from Saint Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. He lives in the United States where he graduated with a Master's in History (2007) from Wright...

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