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Poetry: Voice as a Bridge 

AIFIC and the Italian Embassy present a global poetry evening to celebrate the National Poetry Month which is designated in April every year in Washington, DC.

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

The event is aimed to honor Poetry, an art that has a soft voice and often is not heard.


How A Poem Begins by Grace Cavalieri

It’s a little thing. Could be

the long O’s in Kosovo, or

a woman

alone in the street

after the hurricane

sweeping Honduras.

Perhaps we tell of the child

Beneath the flood or

the sound of the wind

in New Orleans, or

the rubble of Afghanistan.

They say poetry is insignificant,

such a tiny voice

no one can hear.

That’s why we write of such

little things, insignificant things.


Reading Poems in English and in the original tongue 

  1. Sabine Pascarelli — Italian
  2. Maritza Rivera — Spanish
  3. Danuta Kosk-Kosicka — Polish
  4. Wing Chi Chan — Chinese
  5. Zeina Azzam — Arabic
  6. Karren Alenier — Italian/French
  7. Hope Maxwell Snyder — Latin American
  8. Collective Voices — English Ensemble
  9. Hiram Larew — French
  10. Ann Bracken — Gaelic
  11. Panna Naik — Indian
  12. Avideh Shashaani — Persian
  13. Barbara Goldberg — Hebrew
  14. Elisavietta Ritchey — Russian
  15. Rose Solari — Italian

Music by Michael Davis (Classical Guitar)

April 27, 2017 - Italian Embassy - Washington, DC