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invitation “world synchronizes poetry / poetry synchronizes world”

we read some poems in synchronism to others who – around the world – at various locations read also some poems. we read poems by sappho and tell the founding story of the “world poetry movement”. we are students, teachers, poets & organizers of the vienna poetry school.

date: september 24, 2011, 4 pm
location: office, vienna poetry school, 1070 vienna, mariahilferstr. 88a/3/7

statement of the world poetry movement


the world poetry movement was founded in the context of the world gathering of directors from 37 international poetry festivals, held in medellin, colombia, between april and july 8th, 2011.

there they discussed the connection between poetry and peace, the reconstruction of the human spirit, the reconciliation and recovery of nature, the unity and cultural diversity of peoples, material poverty and poetic justice, and possible actions to take in favor of the globalization of poetry.

a month later, the world poetry movement has been joined by 81 international poetry festivals and 412 poets from 89 countries from all continents.

one of the goals is to include most of the strongest international poetry festivals, poets, schools of poetry and printed and virtual publications, to increase our mutual cooperation and thus energize the individual and collective voice of poetry in our time.

recently the world poetry movement has been joined by the "100,000 poets for change" project ((, a bold initiative by poets michael rothenberg and terri carrión, in california, who have proposed the implementation of a worldwide poetic action, next september 24th, 2011 in 350 cities worldwide.

due to the nature of poetry, the world poetry movement supports and will always support the thoughts, actions and measures that can contribute to world peace, the defense of all life on earth, the sustainable development of a new world, the restoration of beauty, dignity and truth, in the process of a persistent strengthening of poetry's presence in contemporary society worldwide.

poetry is knowledge, reflection and enlightenment, liberation, contemplation and action, lightning, creative imagination and brotherhood, spiritual unity of individuals and peoples, past, present and future of humanity.

world poetry movement calls on all its members, poets and international poetry festivals, to plan, develop and spread poetic actions and simultaneous poetry readings, across the planet, next september 24th, 2011, to consolidate our organizational process, making a formidable display of poetic power possible in the world, in hundreds of cities and villages on earth.

world poetry movement coordinating committee
peter rorvik (south africa), bas kwakman (netherlands), jack hirschman (united states of america), rati saxena (india), alex pausides (cuba), amir or (israel), iryna vikyrchak (ukraine), fernando rendón (colombia).