World Poetry Day, marked each year on 21 March, is an opportunity to celebrate poetry, the power and creativity of language and to promote reading, writing, publishing, and teaching poetry throughout the world. PEN centres around the world use this day to highlight the great challenges poets face across the globe simply for their work.
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My throat, unable to speak, will die For the sounds of my homeland. My ancestors’ patter will vanish Like water into sand. I am a storyteller of immortality In Semitic and Etruscan tongues; I am the dust of Turkic dialects Writing in Russian. Many lives’ twisted fates Are lost inside me, mourning, And I myself
Last month, on 2 February 2016, English PEN welcomed the news that the death sentence handed down to poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh had been overturned. We were nevertheless extremely disappointed to learn that the court had ordered a harsh new sentence of eights years and 800 lashes. In the run-up to World Poetry Day
We saw it A little reflection left on the glass It had been printed there for a long time without leaving… Every year on July 15 of the lunar calendar The river would be covered with water lanterns But they could not call back your soul… The train heading for the concentration camp Sobbingly ran