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