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2022.03.21 2022.03.21

International Chain Poem created by UNESCO Cities of Literature Network!

International Chain Poem created by UNESCO Cities of Literature Network!

Period 21 March 2022 ~ 21 March 2022
Location Bucheon

Marking the 2022 edition of World Poetry Day and celebrating linguistic diversity through poetic expression, we are thrilled to announce the release of International Chain Poem created by UNESCO Cities of Literature Network!


The poem was initiated by Utrecht UNESCO City of Literature as a way to bring poets and translators into contact with each other during the corona pandemic and to conduct a poetic research into what happens when we listen carefully to each other.


Poets and translators from twelve UNESCO Cities of Literature Cities have jointly written a poem in one year. The poem is titled 'These are waiting days' after the first words of the opening stanza written by poet Yentl van Stokkum for World Poetry Day 2021 and translated by poet and translator Mia You.


Over the year long, Utrecht City of Literature published a new stanza every month and the complete poem has been released on March 21 2022.


Writer and audio artist Wietse Leenders made an audio piece of the complete poem incorporating the original audio recordings in the original language of each of the poets, followed by an English translation. You can read and hear the poem here:



Poets and translators from Edinburgh, Wonju, Melbourne, Odessa, Heidelberg), Manchester, Bucheon, Durban, Dunedin, Nottingham, Ulyanovsk made a contribution to the poem.


Edinburgh: Colin Bramwell

Wonju: poet Kim Jong-ho, translator Sung Eungee

Melbourne: Evelyn Araluen

Odessa: poet Anna Streminskaya, translator Anzhelika Kuznetsova

Heidelberg: poet Miriam Tag, translator Rod Rojas

Manchester: Rory Dickinson

Bucheon: poet Kyungsook Ko, translator Eun-Gwi Chung

Durban: Adiela Akoo

Dunedin: Annie Villiers

Nottingham: Ioney Smallhorne

Ulyanovsk: Gala Uzryutova




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