The Buenos Aires International Poetry Festival begins

The 15th edition of the International Poetry Festival of Buenos Aires opens this Thursday at the Recoleta Cultural Center and will also meet in bars, in the Society of Writers and Writers of Argentina and in virtuality

In hybrid format and with the participation of guests from different latitudes, from tomorrow until Sunday there will be a new edition -the number 15- of the International Poetry Festival of Buenos Aires (FIP), a new scale of a move that increases the resonance of the genre through encounters, the emergence of specialized labels and performative crossovers that revalidate the relevance of this language to accommodate the impact of the pandemic loss, although as warns Graciela Aráoz, the organizer of the cycle, “poetry was always alive, resisting, standing, never bowed.”

The echoes of the International Poetry Festival of Rosario that culminated its 29th edition days ago have not yet extinguished and the poetic calendar draws up an imminent offer of talks and workshops that in parallel sequence will take the facilities of the Recoleta Cultural Center and will summon from the screens to think the different dimensions of the poetic exercise: as a record linked to the enigma and resistance, but also to the impious and the stark that emerges in works such as that of the Uruguayan Cristina Peri Rossi, recently awarded the Cervantes Prize.

“I am from elsewhere, another body, another gulf / so that they understand me / so that they do not understand me too much / by shortcuts and digressions / I write, A mano clean. Across the country ”says the short story writer, translator and poet Louise Futoransky, that 60 years after the publication of her first book, she will leave her home in France for a few days – where she has been living for 40 years – to participate in the opening activity, tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. at the Recoleta Cultural Center. The Swiss performer and poet will also be there Heike fiedler and Hussein Habasch, from Kurdistan. In parallel, virtually will be the Cuban Queen Maria Rodriguez and the mexican Jose Javier Villareal.

The Mexican José Javier Villarreal is one of the guests of this edition, which will bring together poets from Argentina, Japan, Canada, China, Spain, Switzerland, Japan, Palestine, Italy, Sweden, Uruguay, Mexico, Chile and Colombia
The Mexican José Javier Villarreal is one of the guests of this edition, which will bring together poets from Argentina, Japan, Canada, China, Spain, Switzerland, Japan, Palestine, Italy, Sweden, Uruguay, Mexico, Chile and Colombia

Under the slogan “Listen with your imagination”, the FIP will meet again with the public after the silence imposed by the pandemic in 2020, precisely a year in which, faced with the estrangement and uncertainty that the coronavirus installed, the poetic experience took shape in different initiatives such as “Poetry on your sofa” -promoted by the Spanish Elvira Tailor and with a local version in charge of Tamara Tenembaum and Claudia Piñeiro, Hernán Casciari, Tomás Rosner, among many authors- or in the numerous volumes of the genre that were added at this time as A Time Without Destiny (Excerpts from a Pandemic Speech) from Sara cohen and Osvaldo Picardo, Decalogue for a wedding, from Maria Paula Zacharías or A year without sleep, from Rachel San Martin.

“In this pause of meetings, there have been no shortage of expressions of beauty on balconies around the planet and videos that traveled the world. Beauty accompanied us to bear the weight of reality ”, highlights the philologist, poet and researcher Graciela Aráoz, organizer of the FIP, which until next Sunday will gather guests from Argentina, Japan, Canada, China, Spain, Switzerland, Japan, Palestine, Italy, Sweden, Uruguay, Mexico, Chile and Colombia.

“Poetry resists”, “Beyond words”, “Poetry and its perfect imperfect”, “There is no city without poetry” or “Beyond words” are some of the guidelines that this succession of exchanges will have between poets from different latitudes among which stand out Laura wittner, Lila Zemborain, Paula Maffia, Cristina Pérez, Elena Annibali, Verónica Merli, Mario Sampaolesi, Beatriz Schaefer Peña, Alejandro Berón, Lidia Vinciguerra, Valeria Pariso, Juliana Calvo and Claudia Melnik as local credits, along with international credits such as Ming Di (China), Fernando Herrera Gómez (Colombia), Diane Régimbald (Québec, Canada) or Álvaro Ojeda Bentancor (Uruguay).

The singer and poet Paula Maffia will be one of the festival's eclectic presences, which in this edition proposes to open space to music, performance and other genres
The singer and poet Paula Maffia will be one of the festival’s eclectic presences, which in this edition proposes to open space to music, performance and other genres

The hybridity of the format will be versatile to accommodate a heterodox program that includes talks, performance experiences, jazz segments or African-American rhythms, a fusion of registers and languages ​​that implies a position on the notion of the poetic: “The Festival takes a broad concept of the sense of the poetic. That is, it does not focus solely on the reading of works of poetry, it integrates all disciplines of art and that is why poetry is also in music, performance, other genres and in everyday life in general we find poetry ”, he points out Araoz.

“In other editions, to cite one example, an action has been carried out in subway stations, entitled ‘Letters on request’ and there passersby requested letters to their loves, parents, children and very moving situations, that is also poetry . Or take poetry and poets to a fruit, vegetable and meat market ”, he says.

The FIP is one of the initiatives that today illustrate the centrality and persistence of poetry, but not the only one in the making these days: this same weekend the 14th edition of the Acá Poetry Festival from Mar del Plata, while today the Latinale, a traveling festival of Latin American poetry that celebrates its 15th edition with a program focused on translatability and the transformation of languages.

Laura Wittner, another of the local presences (Telam)
Laura Wittner, another of the local presences (Telam)

Simultaneously with the offer of encounters, recitals and performances that give rise to poetry, numerous editorial novelties linked to the genre are breaking out these days – either with exclusive dedication or in flirtation with other literary formats -, some of them arising in specific collections or in publishing labels such as Caleta Olivia, which has just launched Send me your poems and I’ll send you mine, in which the writer Fabian Casas brings together a series of spontaneous poems that he was sending through that application to a group he had with his brothers and to another with some friends from La Plata.

In parallel to these established poets, it is possible to detect another kind of journey, urgent and plebeian, where the lyric is written through social networks, one of the most used formats to publicize poetry, a practice that Santiago Llach register in your Manifesto of the Literature of the Self: “The digital giants gave literature to the common people. / While we persist in the whim of delay and pause, / Instagram poets post their epiphanies / and tweet poets invent heteronyms / and facebook poets they discover / the open veins of their sensitivity ”.

“Poetry has always been given by groups, with names that have had different aesthetics. It has always been these groups throughout the country that have campaigned for poetry and poets. Festivals, meetings, cycles, have always been an imprint of poetry: in our city this has marked a characteristic, and always with a large audience ”, he points out. Araoz.

The poet and visual artist Cecilia Vicuña will participate in the talk "Beyond the words", together with Abdullah Eisa (Palestine / Russia), Andrea Crespo Granda (Ecuador) and Alex Pausides (Cuba)
The poet and visual artist Cecilia Vicuña will participate in the talk “Beyond Words”, together with Abdullah Eisa (Palestine / Russia), Andrea Crespo Granda (Ecuador) and Alex Pausides (Cuba)

“That poetry, the genre of genres, is being recognized with prizes such as the Nobel Prize, Cervantes, Princess of Asturias of letters, among others, is not a boom: it is a consecration to militancy and not silent,” he explains the director of the FIP. And then he quotes the writer and critic Ricardo Piglia: “We narrators look at poets with respect because they work with language at its most perfect point. Poets have an absolute disregard for the relationship between truth and majority, poets build communities that appear microscopic, but alter basic relationships with language. Poets have an ethic, language is the object of their experimentation ”.

In what way does this current explosion of poetry allow us to anchor or deepen some feelings or sensations that during the bloodiest phase of the pandemic were in a state of lethargy or loss?

“We find ourselves with the mystery of poetry after so much pain and loss where we have deeply reflected on the world and its meaning. We decided to bring the words closer to him and let beauty circulate among us, he says Araoz. And he remarks: “Poetry was always alive, resisting, standing, never bowed.”

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Source: Télam

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The Buenos Aires International Poetry Festival begins