WPM: September 24th, 2011
On September the 24th, WPM has developed through its organizations, poets and international poetry festivals, 300 poetry readings in 86 countries on all continents, that became ready in a very short time of only 40 days.
In an unthinkable sequel, several thousand of poets have read their poems in about three houndred auditoriums most of the times crowded with audience. One after the other, during 24 hours, poetic actions and interventions in public spaces and in historic places in many European cities were held. It was celebrated the existence in an adverse world. In Durban, under the persistent rain, poetry shone. In Kerala, India, the public was intertwined with the nature of poetic language of Kabir, in Auroville, a city for the future, this was understood. Exciting poetry readings in underground train stations, radio stations, parks, auditoriums, libraries, universities, theaters and indigenous schools, poetic operations emerged as lightnings. In Santo Domingo, the poets and the public marched through the streets of the capital. Like a chain of explosions of beauty, poetry demonstrated with meetings of poets, actors and filmmakers, art exhibits and photographs, a rock concert Chernivtski, Ukraine, an emblematic presence of Kurdish poets in Essen, Germany. 32 Albanian and 22 Hungarian poets alternated in a single day to read their poems in their countries. An unprecedented reading of poems in the Montparnasse Cemetery, at the tombs of Baudelaire, Desnos, Tzara and Beckett. Three days dedicated to the International Poetry Meeting of Sarajevo and interventions developed by international poetry festivals and poets and writers associations. And a vast poetry reading at Plaza de Bolivar in Caracas that claims the sovereignty of poetry and of his country.
Yaoundé, Accra, Conakry, Abidjan, Nairobi, Kisii, Dakkar, Casablanca, Durban, Cape Town, Harare, Johannesburg, Stone Town, Lomé, Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Mar del Plata, Rosario, Lomas de Zamora, Venado Tuerto, New Providence, Rio de Janeiro, La Paz, Sucre, Toronto, Montreal, Valparaíso, Barranquilla, Medellin, Fredonia, Bello, Itagüí, Ibague, Bucaramanga, Pasto, Cali, Palmira, Bogotá, Pereira, Riohacha, Guines, Bejucal Batabano, Mayabeque , San Nicolas de Bari, Artemis, Guira de Melena, Pilon, Bayamo, Manzanillo, Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, Havana, Holguin, Cienfuegos, Yara, Guise, Niquero, Quito, Quetzaltenango, Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, Kingston, Fort-de-France, Mexico City, Tuxtla Gutierrez Zamora, Tabasco, Oaxaca, Tijuana, Montserrat, Panama City, Lima, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, St. Martin, Michigan, New York, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Washington, Montevideo, Caracas, Puerto Cabello, Istanbul, Tirana, Fier, Andorra, Vienna, Nicosia, London, Canterbury, Sussex, Paris, Montpellier, Mayenne, Berlin, Essen, Aaachen, Athens, Patras, Thessaloniki, Rome, Brescia, Lerici, Milan, Salerno, Modena, Liguria, Corsica, Genoa, Novi Sad, Skopje, Kongensg, Oslo, Ljubljana, Madridm, Benidorm, Bilbao, Malaga , Gran Canaria, Burgos, Porto, Bucharest, Galati, Iasi, Gocsani, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Chernivtsi, Canto Ticino, Aucklamnd, Katoomba and Victoria, the names of the cities where they held poetry readings sponsored by WPM, have become now new names of poetry.
The coverage of several European TV channels and numerous local newspapers and Internet sites, contrasted with the negative of the EFE (Spain) news agency to include information about the September 24 for their subscribers.
In total there were 29 poetry readings in 12 African countries, 50 events in 15 countries in Asia, 131 poetic interventions in 23 countries of America, 87 activities in 30 countries in Europe and 3 in Oceania.
WPM's action on September 24 was held in solidarity with the event 100 000 Poets for Change.
But we must not confuse the 100,000 Poets for Change event with our organization, World Poetry Movement (WPM), which currently has 111 international poetry festivals, 91 poetry organizations and projects, and 1,120 poets from 127 countries, and is planning to develop new actions in the world.
October 10th, 2011.