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Poems in the Tube
June 30, 2011   
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Wiersze w Metrze (Poems in the Tube), a project which introduces contemporary poetry to commuters, will be held for the fourth time this year. This time, the campaign is being organized in conjunction with the Year of Czesław Miłosz and the Polish presidency of the EU. Apart from Warsaw, Polish poetry will be brought to other capital cities on two continents, including London, Paris, Madrid, Kiev, Beijing and Tokyo. Special exhibitions featuring poems by contemporary Polish poets will also be shown at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels and Luxembourg.

In all the capital cities, the Poems in the Tube project will see Polish poems displayed on the subway. It will also comprise meetings with poets, festivals for Spoke’n’Word performance poets, haiku competitions, poetry slam workshops for young people, poetry installations on city streets and performance art events. The project will introduce foreign readers to classic Polish poets such as Czesław Miłosz, Wisława Szymborska, Tadeusz Różewicz and Zbigniew Herbert along with the best poets of the middle and young generation, including Piotr Sommer, Jerzy Jarniewicz, Tomasz Różycki, Jacek Dehnel and Marzanna Kielar. Poems in the Tube will also provide audiences with an opportunity to meet young performance poets.

The project in the Warsaw subway will kick off July 4 together with the start of the Polish presidency of the EU. In the first half of July, the poems will also travel to other major cities in Poland on postcards placed on Intercity trains.

Readers of The Warsaw Voice are encouraged to join in the project by submitting poems to a haiku competition. All you need to do is write a short, three-line poem (five, seven and five syllables) about Poland and Warsaw, in Polish or in one of the official languages of the EU.

For further information on Poems in the Tube and the haiku competition go to www.wierszewmetrze.eu
and www.facebook.com/wierszewmetrze
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