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Tuesday, 11.06.2019

The 8th Miłosz Festival is over. What was this edition like?

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Should poetry talk about current events? What is discovering one’s own language all about? What makes us include some artists into the canon, while forgetting about others? Poets talked about all this during the four festival days. “The Seizure of Power” – this motto, taken from Czesław Miłosz’s 1953, was the main theme of this year's edition of the festival. Despite the fact that some could expect it to convince the guests to make declarations concerning their views and to comment on current events, the festival conversations somehow managed to avoid contemporary politics and other world events. To understand the contemporary world The invited artists seemed to agree with the words of Ewa Lipska, who during the meeting with the festival audience said that poems do not talk about politics....