Saturday, August 9, 2014 -
17:00 to 23:00
To this day, in the vulgar contemporary society, poetry does not hold the role that, for cultural and historical reasons, it is entitled to. This is not because it no longer carries the ability to communicate and elicit emotions, feelings, and fantasies, but rather because although poetry continues to be written, it is no longer read, the preference being for cheap empty entertainment over the noble and difficult exercise of spirited thought.
MEP does not intend to redefine the concept of poetry nor seek to circumscribe it with any form of “ism”. MEP is committed to handing back to poetry the hegemonic role in the arts it deserves, while not confining it to the exclusive preserve of a small elite, but bringing it to the people, on the streets, and in the squares.
We try, when possible, to pivot on the intrinsic qualities of the written word, for the word is read and decoded the moment it is seen.
Movement for the Emancipation of Poetry was founded in Florence in March 2010. Since then more groups have flourished throughout Italy, and poems of the Movement are today to be found on the walls of Milan, Rome, Turin, Pisa, Bari, Padua, Genoa, Bologna, Venice, Grosseto, Bolzano, Naples, Catania and other smaller municipalities.
MEP is a non-hierarchical movement who welcome all poets without any kind of selection, the only imposition for them is the condition of anonymity, so that poetry in itself is put in the spotlight rather than individual authors.
Red Market will host a performance of attacchinaggio (billposting) of the poems, where they will remain to be read for the rest of the week.
During the night the movement will move to the center of London, to leave a contrail of poetry throughout city.
Free Entry - Red Market, 288-289 Old Street, London EC1V 9DPFor more info see HERE
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