It rains poems at the opening of the Medellín Poetry Festival

Medellín (Colombia), Jul 23 (EFE).- The Medellín International Poetry Festival opened its XXXII edition this Saturday with a rain of poems to celebrate the reunion with the public on the return to the event after taking refuge for two years in virtuality due to the pandemic.

At the Carlos Vieco open-air theater in Medellin, poets from seven countries opened the festival, which will run until July 30 under the slogan “World Peace, Peace with Nature” and read their poems before some 1,500 spectators.

“Poetry is the synthesis of the spiritual history of humanity, of the deep past of humanity, and it is the wave expression of the struggle of the present,” said the director of the festival, Fernando Rendón, at the opening.

He specified that this meeting will have “an outstanding group of poets from around the world”, 65 women and 65 men, who will participate in 64 activities in different settings in Medellín, Valle de Aburrá, municipalities in eastern Antioquia and in the Caribbean city of Santa Marta.

“We hope to strengthen this new stage of the festival, increasingly powerful face-to-face,” he said.


The young Cuban poet Giselle Lucía Navarro shuddered with the reading of her poems “Cabeza germen”, “Taxidermia” and “Vórtice”, which left thoughts about the human being, women, resistance and peace, in addition to welcoming the festival after two editions without the warmth of the public.

“The word is the most powerful thing we have. That so many souls have come from different parts of the world is something magical and unique. That we do this after a great world crisis, after a pandemic, is like a new rebirth, like an awakening. It is the time of germination”, he told Efe Navarro.

The 27-year-old writer, who left Cuba for the first time and will read poems in Medellin and give workshops in libraries in Santa Marta, was accompanied at the inauguration by Colombian Daniel Montoya, Norwegian Susan Jægtnes, Mexican Esteban Ríos Cruz, Vera Duarte from Cape Verde, Olli Heikkonen from Finland and Nimrod from Chad.

The intervention of Ríos Cruz, originally from the Zapotec indigenous people, refreshed by reciting poems from his book Las Espigas de la Memoria, with poems such as “Mi nombre”, “Construyéndome” and “Traces”, in addition to putting on the table the theme of the preservation of the environment with the poem “My heart is an otter”.

“Receive my greetings on this afternoon where it has rained, and now it is raining poems. I am going to read you some poems from the Zapotec language, poems that bring the smell of nature, the smell of the earth that the rivers also bring along their way, ”said the Mexican.


Another peak moment was experienced with Vera Duarte and the reading of her poem-manifesto “Disaggregation of orthodoxy” to evoke her struggles in Cape Verde using poetry as a “tool” for women to defend themselves against machismo.

“Writing poetry is an art of resistance and emancipation,” said the poet before the closing, which was in charge of the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra.

Before returning to the theaters, library parks, schools and universities, there was a first dose of the festival, organized by the Prometheus Poetry Magazine and the World Poetry Movement, with a virtual program from July 9 to 22, which included 45 activities.

This intercultural poetic encounter, one of the most important of its kind, was declared Cultural Patrimony of the Nation in 2009 and recognized in 2006 with the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize.

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It rains poems at the opening of the Medellín Poetry Festival