Chilean arts collective Casagrande droppped 100,000 poems from a helicopter over the south bank of the Thames river at twilight. Rain of Poems serves as a symbolic reappropriation of the past. All five cities that have been hit with poems (Berlin, Warsaw, Gernika, Dubrovnik, Santiago, and London), are cities that have been bombed during military strifes in the past. Through this symbolic “bombing of words,” Casagrande hopes to “open up questions that help us to understand cultural works as pacifist practices and also to discuss what the place of poetry could be in the history of war.” Continue reading
From June 26, as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Southbank Centre is hosting a week-long Poetry Parnassus – the largest poetry festival ever staged in the UK, bringing together poets from all the competing Olympic nations. Wend your way through each country’s poems using our interactive map.
Poems extracted from The World Record: International Voices from Poetry Parnassus, edited by Neil Astley and Anna Selby, published by Bloodaxe Books and Southbank Centre at £10 on June 26 2012. Of the featured poets, 145 will be at the week-long Poetry Parnassus as part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World.
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Nick represents Uganda in the Poetry Parnassus
204 poets from across the world are taking part in the Poetry Parnassus in London as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Poetry Parnassus, a week-long series of poetic events at the end of June led by the Southbank Centre’s artist-in-residence Armitage and artistic director Jude Kelly and inspired by epinicians, poetry commissioned as part of the ancient Olympic Games in Greece.