KATHMANDU: Nepali poems will constitute a multitude of poems from different countries that would find a place in the Poetry Parnassus, the would-be biggest poetry festival ever staged in the U.K., to be held on the sidelines of the London Olympics 2012.
Litterateur Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma is representing Nepal with some of his select poems in this poetry festival. He is said to have been nominated from Nepal and India with the recommendation of some 5,000 individuals and institutions.
An invitation letter to Sharma states that Poetry Parnassus is set to be the biggest poetry festival ever staged in the UK and it will be part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World, the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Festival.
It is stated that the Festival would be a global gathering of up to 204 poets from every Olympic nation- with the world’s most exciting poets, rappers, spoken-word artists, dancers and musicians.
According to Sharma, coinciding with the Olympic Games, hundreds of thousands of poems written by the participating poets would be showered from helicopter in the form of leaves over a place called Jubilee Gardens in London. London Bombing, a poem against the scourge of terrorism, written by Sharma, would be one of those.
Poet Sharma is also scheduled to participate in the Modern Poetry in Translation poetry launch that would be held there during the Olympic Games. He will make a reading of some of his select poems as ‘ Gopal Prasad Rimal’, ‘Mules,’ ‘Chorten’, ‘Phurba’s Earrings’, ‘Phurba’s Sight’ and ‘the Lost Annapurnas’ both in the English and Nepali languages.
Poet Sharma will also participate in a poetry symposium to be organized by the Poetry Society of London. Symposium will bring together poets from the conflict-hit countries. The World Record, an anthology of poems, is also to be launched on the same occasion.
National poets and Pulitzer Prize winning poets from different countries, including the Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and the Irish poet Seamus Heany and poetry editor of the ‘New York’ magazine, Paul Mouldon, are expected to participate in this festival. RSS
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