Many individual language audio files available below...
Here’s to celebrating peace through the connective power of poetry! A little poem Penn wrote is an invitation to individual peace in the midst of global tension. The video shows one of our many performances in public spaces, this one in London ON. The video was screened at Pacific Cinématheque, Vancouver, Nov. 11 2004, for Visible Verse. A column about the poem is featured in What if? magazine (October 2004).
Our gatherings have celebrated peace with readers proudly presenting the poem in all their languages. What's fascinating is the way translation opens our ears to other traditions. Once you've heard the poem in English, you listen to languages you might be familiar with, like French or Pig Latin... and then because you understand the meaning, you can hear it in languages new to your ears... it's a way into experiencing other cultures first-hand! Linguistic barriers drop as you listen to the many tongues. Such an experience of cultural diversity through poetry is timely. We invite you to participate by translating ... listening, or reading the poem aloud!
Copyright (c) 2002 Pendas Publications
for Penn Kemp, Anne Anglin and the translators
Paintings and Cover by Anne Anglin
A first limited edition of 25 series copies and many translators' proofs was prepared for and made available for the Eden Mills Writers Festival held on Sunday, Sepember 8, 2002 especially to commemorate Sept. 11
Penn Kemp's "Poem for Peace in Two Voices" was written for Convergence: Poems for Peace, the League of Canadian Poets: www.poets.ca. Translated into French, Sesotho, Spanish, and Portuguese, it appears in Convergence: Poets for Peace, Penumbra Press. The "Poem for Peace" was presented to Hon. Maria Minna at the House of Commons in Ottawa as a sound poem performed by Penn Kemp and Colin Morton.
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Painting is by Bernice Vincent, Photo and CD design by Gavin Stairs
Image in top right is from Vol. 1 and is a painting by Anne Anglin