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Call to participate in the 30th Medellin International Poetry Festival

1. Poets of any age and any nationality can participate, with any place of residence.

2. This call closes on November 30th, 2019.

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‘My work was an elaboration of a Tagorean sentiment’: Ngugi wa Thiong’o

One of Africa’s greatest writers, the Kenyan  Ngugi wa Thiong’o, was recently in Delhi for the ILF-Samanvay Translations Series of talks organised by the India Habitat Centre and Seagull Books. When he agreed to speak to Scroll.in, the besotted fan girl that I am, I went to meet him for our chat...

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A Face in a Dream

Mohammed Al-Lawzi poet corn in Yemen. Some of his poetry books are Shaking Nets of the Spider Cheers (2001),  Jerry's Vacation (2008) and Free Bead in Butterfly's Leg (2015). He was arrested for the crime of opinion in December last year and after spending a month in jail he was released.

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The new world

Sabri Rahmouni, Tunisian poet, born in 1981.  Graduated in intrenational economics. Professor of Cultural Animation at the Ministry of Cultural Affairs,  Ex-programmer at the house of Tunisian poetry,  Founder of the Arab Poetry Festival in Tunisia,  President of the League...

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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 by Huu Thinh

Huu Thinh  was born into a Confucian farming family in 1942 in Vinh Phue province, Vietnam. During the Vietnam-American War he served as a tank driver and later as a journalist. He lives in Hanoi where he is a member of the National Assembly of Vietnam, Editor-in-chief of Van Nghe, and General Director of the Writers' Association.

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Vietnamese Poetic Tradition

Vietnam has a long and rich poetic tradition. Much of it is oral. John Balaban, a poet and editor of a major bilingual collection of ca dao, traditional Vietnamese verse, describes those poems as “short lyric poems, passed down by word of mouth and sung without musical accompaniment by ordinary individuals...

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A statement on nuclear weapons

The accompanying statement, which has been signed by some of the most eminent scientific authorities in different parts of the world, deals with the perils of a nuclear war. It makes it clear that neither side can hope for victory in such a war, and that there is a very real danger of the extermination...

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Converse Glances

My father was a novelist and jazz critic; my mother, a publicist and Journalist. In such a way that my childhood landscape was always intervened with the image of the typewriter, the sound of the keyboard, the noise of the line space lever, and those personal and abrupt silences that I began to associate very soon with doubt...

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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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Poems by Ali Cobby Eckermann

Dingo Eye
Serpentine Gorge is empty
shiny heatwave shimmer
frogs bury, dormant
wait for the next rain
birds have flown the billabong
I peer, into eyes of dingo
motionless, airless

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