We are living in an age where humans are swamped with more printed words than ever before, whether from Facebook, Twitter, text messages or email. And yet those words are fleeting. Poetry, with its slow-sinking gravity, can be really important at a time when so much fast language is being spewed. It can serve as a way to slow things down and let people appreciate every syllable, vowel, thought and sentence.
Colin Cheney reading the translated version of Zakariya Amataya’s poem.
A special poetry reading night was one of the highlights of the literary summit hosted by Chulalongkorn University, Asia Pacific Writers and the SEA Write committee last week. Several poets, Thai and non-Thai, gave readings, and we talked to two of them who helped organise the event and who aspire to blow poetic winds in the direction of prose-prone readers.
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