Thursday, March 21, 2013

World Poetry Day 2013!

Happy World Poetry Day!

Every year on March 21st, UNESCO celebrates the World Poetry Day. A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during the UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999. According to the UNESCO’s decision, "the main objective of this action is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities. Moreover, this Day is meant to support poetry, return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, promote teaching poetry, restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music, painting and so on, support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art..."

On my reading list today are selections from: Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond edited by Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar. Who's on yours?

You can always download a free copy of my e-book  Between Souls at or a number of other collections at

Of course this always obliges me to present: 

Or from a Speculative Poetry perspective, a mention of Vogon Poetry.

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