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Listen To The Mother Earth

It's time to listen to the Mother Earth. Today the sacred word, the poetic word arrives and stays engraved in the wide and narrow paths of Mother Earth, who sheds verses for the freedom of all living beings that inhabit this planet. Indigenous territories and cultures have suffered a long history of colonization and dispossession and are currently being...

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Poetry, Shamanism and Original Songs

The 28th Medellin Poetry Festival continues its process of vital construction in support of the profound peace and reconciliation of the Colombian people, inviting the people of Medellin to raise awareness in the spirit of dialogue, the loving care of the earth and life, a legacy...

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General Program

This edition will be held between July 14th and 21st, 2018, through 152 activities displayed by poets, artists and shamans from almost 40 countries, including poets and Shamans from 19 original nations from all continents through poetry readings and stories, rituals and ancestral shamanic songs, ancient Asian and Australian songs...

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Su Yang (China, 1969)

The sun is shining on the street, a bum is walking on the street, I take my bedclothes with me and I put up the building,
The building is ten floors high and I sleep on the ground.
Go east, you can smell the sweet of wheat in Pingluo,
Go west, you can see the beautiful flowers in Yinchuan.

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Poems by Lance Henson

He was born in 1944 in Oklahoma. He earned a Master's degree in Creative Writing at University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Henson's poetry is known for its powerful imagery, brevity and universal appeal. It incorporates Cheyenne philosophy and traditions as well as social and political commentary on the modern world.

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Scaffolds of Hope

Poetry and song capture our understanding of life and provide us with platforms to express ideas that may otherwise be inexpressible. Poetry represents memory as well as vision. It is the chant as well as the wail. It could come as joyous and exuberant calls, it could also come as a dirge marking the crossing of the slim line between here...

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Poems by Sherwin Bitsui

He is a Diné (Navajo) from the Navajo Reservation in White Cone, Arizona. He received an AFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the poetry collections Shapeshift (2003) and Flood Song (2009). Steeped in Native American culture, mythology, and history...

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Ancient Syncretic Art Today

What is a song in the original meaning of the word? It is essentially a short story, conveyed within a compact musical form. By means of a song it is possible to discern the epoch, the customs and the ways of the time that the song was created. A song is capable to carry within itself an entire historical cultural domain. 

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Poetry Should Not Be Defined

In 1964 the first book of Aboriginal poetry was published in Australia. It featured the writings of Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920 – 1993), selling out in several editions, and ensuring her success as one of Australia’s highest selling poets. For most lovers of poetry around the world this must seem very recent.

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Manal Al-Sheikh (Iraq)

She is a poet from Nineveh in northern Iraq. She has a degree in English-Arabic translation from the College of Arts at Mosul University, and has worked in the local and wider Arab press as a freelance journalist.

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On Poetry

What’s poetry? That’s a question that never rises in a poet’s mind while he is writing. When the poet reads the other’s poetry, neither do that question. But whenever the poet has the feeling down, that question may appear...

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Poetry and Discovery

A few years ago I founded a cultural movement called Poetry and Discovery, together with  other poets. In this movement I tried to express what poetry means to me. Let's start from the name of this movement.

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Poems by Khadijatou Doyneh

She is a savvy S. London based, Guyanese raised, African-Caribbean woman.  A singer-songwriter, poet & drum percussionist armed with stories to tell via catchy music, songs and words, delivering a stunning live... 

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Poets can change the world

Great poets have one thing in common, they can shift the way we see reality and give new perspectives on complex problems. In the old norse culture, poets could be granted clemency...

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