Mentioned earlier in this year, my poem "No Regrets," is being included in the Poetry Parnassus in London during the Olympics as a representative of Lao poetry. "No Regrets" was a poem written in recognition of Saymoukda Vongsay's first chapbook of the same name in 2008 from Baby Rabbit Publishing. The poem was included in my 2009 book Tanon Sai Jai.
I've recently been informed that in addition to the anthology their intention is to display a collection of poems from June to September 2012 in the outdoor spaces around the Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The area is one of London’s most high-profile and visited spaces. The exhibition will also form part of the Festival of the World at Southbank Centre during the summer of 2012.
This festival has been inspired by inspirational thinkers and educators who have wanted to change the world. The poetry will be displayed as part of a fantasy landscape inspired by a collective of artists. Designers Andrew Lock and Richard Nichols have created a series of panels on which the work will be displayed.
The hope of the planners is to represent, on the Southbank Centre site, all the poets in the World Record Anthology. They will send some photographs of the exhibition after it starts on the 22 June. I look forward to seeing the results!