A powerful voice arising from an active spiritual combustion:
World Poetry Movement Manifesto
Meet of WPM´s Coordinating Committee, Medellin, July 2014
From prehistoric times poetry has shaken, freed and transformed the awareness, sensitivity and feelings of mankind.
Each poet has a different conception of poetry, a poetic thought on reality, singular and moving.
While some cultures have room for skepticism or nihilism, in other territories poetry is a living hope.
The mythic poetry of the primitive peoples expresses the clans’ intermingling with the Earth’s energies and the elements.
Poetry lives in ceremonial songs of the ancient peoples, with traditions that survive the dark times.
The cardinal interests of poetry are the interests of life itself preserves the memory of humankind’s ancestral roots and feeds the resistance in the current times of oppression.
Poetry encourages a vision of the future, where life, without hesitation, will transcend a history of wars, massacres, looting, and the material, cultural and spiritual destitution of hundreds of millions of humans, the victims of unrest and hopelessness.
No system of ideas in the past has given enduring happiness to humans.
Capitalism is on its way to extinguishing life on Earth.
Millions of humans die of hunger and thirst; hundreds of thousands die of old diseases that can be cured or virus incubated in laboratories; hundreds of thousands of bombs are dropped on millions of innocent.
Wars are nothing that which an investment that seeks greater profits, destroying peoples, cultures and languages. We declare ourselves in defense of every language and every culture, and against the unipolar culture that annihilates regional identities.
The World Poetry Movement condemns the world plutocrats who sleep in the same bed with governments. Their economic policy is a disaster. Real democracy should fight plutocracy; and the thousands of poets of the World Poetry Movement cry out for permanent separation between markets and the governments, for there to be economic development and real democracy in the world. Democracy is not merchandise and economic development should not be led by speculative markets
The same interests that produce weapons, bombs, tanks, viruses and loan sharking, control the publishing world, and trying to suppress the voice and songs of humanity.
Poetry, opening the way for deep changes in individuals, is also the voice of the great historical changes, of social, spiritual and cultural revolutions, of the deep shivers of the peoples.
Despite it being usually thought that poetry is the result of solitary poets’ extreme experiences (because creative writing almost always takes place in times of extreme loneliness), poetry is deeply connected to the wide leaps of collective awareness.
A people are nourished, rebel and stand in communion with poetry. Poetry is the voice of a new history, the language of a new life. The history of poetry is the history of spiritual human adventure, its proof and its unconquerable mark.
The history of the most emblematic poets of all times, in all cultures, is the legend of the great dreamed utopias, of the deep intuition of superior humankind, reborn from kinds of death.
During the 20th century, deep poetic movements in all continents moved the world. Surrealism, which arose before First World War in dialogue with Dadaism, gathered relevant poets, visual artists and filmmakers from Europe, the Americas and Asia. The Surrealist Movement projected a possible and desirable dimension of interchange and the individual and collective construction of creators who conceive radical change in human condition and in its environment.
The Beatnik Movement embodied the living protest of the foremost postwar North American poets against the lifestyle proposed by the false American dream, which wants to plunge the world into endless war.
In parallel to the abysmal vision of the decadent present, we perceive the blossoming of a poetic universe in expansion – new poetic galaxies open to our understanding.
Hundreds of international poetry festivals, schools and workshops, digital and print publications, poetry groups and circles are arising.
The World Poetry Movement (WPM), composed of several thousand poets and 265 member organizations in 135 countries, has arisen to contribute to connect the Earth’s poets and poetry organizations.
Only the individual and collective creation of a new solidarity and brotherhood language and an international movement of poets and artists, inserted in the intense movement of history, can accompany and enhance the project life on Earth.
Our call to World Poetry Revolution due to internal and ancestral thrill, seeking the transformation of a collective consciousness, towards a more fraternal and united, spiritual and engaged humanity in the acts.
The World Poetry Movement encourages social struggles across the planet and takes active sides with the peoples of the earth, who are resisting and fighting against all forms of oppression, seeking to build a model of human society, wise, dignified and responsible, with full social justice.
These are the clear targets of the World Poetry Movement, the fruit of the dynamic interaction of poets and national and international poetry organizations and of different visions and poetic thoughts.
We summon you to materialize and spiritualize the invincible dream of life’s spring, through a World Poetry Revolution.
We should be extremely careful of the tender roots that nourish the trunk, flowers and fruits of giant Tree of the emancipating spiritual thought encouraged by poetry. The poets have the obligation to fulfill the task and our mission to free the last territory of the human soil.
Humankind has lost its original path and become sick in its rarified individualism – and poetry is all the health it needs.
Poetry can and should be made by all. When the poetic thought is expressed on your lips, on everyone’s lips, and reaches the world’s ears, that will be the fruit of a world poetry revolution – the world will have changed and Earth will give its fruits to everyone.
A powerful voice arising from an active spiritual combustion, expressed in the voice of hundreds of millions of human beings, can stop the fall and resume our species’ flight towards a new, beautiful, lofty, dignified, and democratic life, in harmony with the laws of Nature, in a new human society.
Proposals towards a Poetry World Revolution
To achieve our goals is necessary to join most poets and poetry organizations within World Poetry Movement; and also to organize a many simultaneous worldwide poetry reading and poetic acts, in line with our goals, with artists from all disciplines.
We install conspicuously poetry in each of our daily realities, multiplying the task of building spaces multicultural and multidisciplinary integration for poetry.
Strengthen the presence of international and local poetry festivals. Encourage the establishment of new meetings, festivals, schools and poetry workshops worldwide.
We advance a policy that leads to poetry to the mass and alternative media.
Encourage links with educational institutions at all levels, from early childhood. Agree with universities and colleges the realization of poetry schools open.
To request that governments take a first step in the fostering of reading and writing poetry through investment in notebooks and books of poetry to be distributed in local communities free of charge. To support libraries in managing poetry-related heritage items and distributing catalogs.
To develop organizations able to respond to publishing initiatives (publishing simple editions of the work of local poets, creating websites, radio and television productions focused on promoting literary and cultural activities, and even associations promoting poetry-related activities to be held on a periodic basis.
To stimulate meetings of poets and cultural promoters of different native languages, in order to create poetry translation workshops.
To generate periodic demonstrations of poetry aimed at creating awareness of subjects central to human development: human rights, labor law rights, the right to education and healthcare; science and the environment, a violence-free world, etc.
We must to stimulate the creation of cooperative publishing houses, specializing in poetry. To stimulate the creation of an online poetry publishing house able to publish in both hard-copy and digital formats in a number of languages.
We must also use our symbols and logo to be on display at every poetry festival in each place of world, book presentations and poetry readings, poetry schools, workshops, literary coffees, meetings, conferences and publications.
WORLD POETRY MOVEMENT (WPM)
Jack Hirschman: poet and director San Francisco International Poetry Festival (United States)
Joy Harjo: poet, writer and musician (Mvscogee Nation, United States)
Alex Pausidespoet and director of the International Poetry Festival of La Havana (Cuba)
Rati Saxena: poet and director Krytia International Poetry Festival (India)
Ataol Behramoglu: poet, organizer and counselor of Smyrna Poetry Festival (Turkey)
Dino Siotis: poet and director, Tinos International Literary Festival and Poets Circle (Greece)
Luo Ying: poet and director of Chinese Poetry Society and ZhongKun Poetry Development Fund (China)
Lello Voce: poet and representative of International Poetry Festival RomaPoesía (Italy) and Absolute Poetry (Italy)
Qassim Haddad: poet (Bahrain)
Gabriel Impaglione: poet and representative, Festival Internacional de Poesía Palabra en el Mundo (Argentina/Italy)
Hannan Awwad: poet and President, Pen Club (Palestine)
Yuri Zambrano: poet and coordinator of World Festival of Poetry (Mexico D.F., Mexico)
Zolani Mkiva: poet and director of His Royal Heritage International Poetry Festival (South Africa)
Samm Farai Monro: poet and director of Shoko International Spoken Word & Hip Hop Festival (Zimbabwe)
Renato Sandoval: poet and director of Festival Internacional de Poesía de Lima (Peru)
Fernando Rendón: poet and director Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín (Colombia), and General Coordinator of World Poetry Movement
Published at November 18th, 2014