Happy World Poetry Day

Declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1999, World Poetry Day — March 21 — aims to promote freedom of speech.

The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to 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and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.

It seemed fitting to attend Nejoud Al-Yagout’s “poncert” (poetry-concert). Al-Yagout, who recited four mystical poems, was accompanied by Harriet Bushman, who provided background music on an electric keyboard, and Doss, Sarah, Slash, Tara Jeana and Vloie, who performed center-stage at the American University of Kuwait (AUK). Faten Osseili hosted and AUK’s newly-formed The English Club organized the event.

After the poncert, I passed by Muakadeen Bookstore and purchased a poetry book and a critical book by Adonis, as well as his four book collection of Arabic Poetry.

How did you spend yours?

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