Today, the 21st of March is World Poetry Day – UNESCO first adopted the date during its 30th General Conference in Paris in 1999, with the aim of “supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard”. World Poetry Day is “the occasion to honor poets, revive oral traditions of poetry recitals, promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry, foster the convergence between poetry and other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and raise the visibility of poetry in the media. As poetry continues to bring people together across continents, all are invited to join in”
We here at The Allen Ginsberg Project are using the day to spotlight the remarkable resources on Ethnopoetics that the poet Jerome Rothenberg gathered for the equally remarkable and invaluable Ubu Web
For example, listen to Ca Dao: Vietnamese Folk Poetry – here
Greetings to one and all. In celebration of a global poetics on World Poetry Day!