Voice as a Bridge — National Poetry Month
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
alone in the street
after the hurricane
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
- Sabine Pascarelli — Italian
- Maritza Rivera — Spanish
- Danuta Kosk-Kosicka — Polish
- Wing Chi Chan — Chinese
- Zeina Azzam — Arabic
- Karren Alenier — Italian/French
- Hope Maxwell Snyder — Latin American
- Collective Voices — English Ensemble
- Hiram Larew — French
- Ann Bracken — Gaelic
- Panna Naik — Indian
- Avideh Shashaani — Persian
- Barbara Goldberg — Hebrew
- Elisavietta Ritchey — Russian
- Rose Solari — Italian
Music by Michael Davis (Classical Guitar)
April 27, 2017 - Italian Embassy - Washington, DC