"Famous poet" sounds like an oxymoron. How many famous, contemporary poets do you know? Seeing so many poetry lovers gathered together at the event, "Poetry without borders", was like seeing a rare, underground species for the fIrst time. "Poetry without borders" took place last week Saturday, in our own CCT Building, and was organized by the Polish Canadian Society of Music and sponsored by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Polish Nobel prize winners Czeslaw Milosz and Wislawa Szymborska had their poetry performed by Rafal Sokolowski and Agata Pilitowska through song, stage acts, and dance. Milosz's poetry, described as uncompromising, exposes the worldly condition of severe conflicts.
Szymborskas poetry is remembered as one that allowed the biological and historical context to illuminate in fragments of human reality. Their poetry is widelyrespected because of its strength in succeeding to break through linguistic and cultural barriers. Being at this incredible show and experiencing the intense passion the actors expressed, was like being inside the mind of the poet.
Two elderly ladies in attendance had only praise for the event. Florence Malteese, an actress, owned a book of Wislawa Szymborska's poetry. She was impressed with the actress who performed Szymborska's poetry. "That actress was Szymborska. It was truly phenomenal. The feeling was powerful."
Josie Di Sciascio Andrews, a newly-published poet, said that the poetry had a unique style that was so simple, yet spoke directly from the poet's consciousness.
A special characteristic of poetry is that it's not always direct and gives room for reader's imagination to discover a meaning. Though poetry in general is undervalued, this event sure threw one, swinging poetry party. It was really cool to see an entire audience showing such a great interest in the art of poetry. If only more people knew that poetry is so much more than just words.