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(12/9/2011 3:41:00 AM)
Chilean poet Nicanor Parra was awarded Spain's Cervantes Prize. The award is given by the Spanish Ministry for Culture and is recognised as the most important literary prize for poetry in the Spanish language.
Nicanor Parra is a mathematician and poet, who has been considered to be a popular poet in Chile with enormous influence and popularity in Latin America, and also considered one of the most important poets of the Spanish language literature. He describes himself as an 'anti-poet, ' due to his distaste for standard poetic pomp and function—after recitations he would exclaim Me retracto de todo lo dicho, or, 'I take back everything I said'.
More information about Parra and his poems on
(12/8/2011 3:08:00 AM)
Pablo Neruda's body could be exhumed
The Communist Party in Chile has asked for the remains of the poet Pablo Neruda to be exhumed due to allegations that he may have been poisoned.
The court is probing more than 725 deaths caused by alleged abuses during General Pinochet’s dictatorship between 1972 and 1990.
The poet, who had won the 1971 Nobel Prize in Literature, died in the same hospital in Sandiego where former President Eduardo Frei died in 1982 while recovering from a hernia operation.
Manuel Araya, who was Neruda's chauffeur, has told reporters in recent months that he and Neruda's widow received a phone call from the poet on the day of his death from a hospital where he was being treated for late-stage prostate cancer.
Araya reported that Neruda said to 'come quickly, because while I was asleep a doctor entered and gave me a shot.'
The 69-year-old poet died that day, Sept.23,1973, in the Santa Maria Clinic.
The Pablo Neruda Foundation, which guards the poet's legacy, said in a statement in May that there is 'no proof whatsoever that suggests Pablo Neruda died of causes other than cancer'.
Although the late Pablo Neruda was best known for his poetry, he was a lifelong member of Chile's Communist Party, a lawmaker and a former ambassador to France.
Read the rest of the article on BBC Latin America News
(12/6/2011 2:16:00 AM)
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. On this day we remember and mourn the loss of 14 women, murdered at Montréal's École Polytechnique, murdered because they were women.
On December 6,1989, an armed man walked into an Engineering class at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. After he forced the men to leave, he said he hated feminists and started shooting the women in the class. Then he moved on and began shooting women throughout the school. At the end of his rampage, he had killed 14 women and himself.
This man believed that women were responsible for his failure to gain entrance to the school. He believed that feminists ruined his chances because of affirmative action in universities.
In response to such acts of violence and their relationship to everyday sexism, Canada established December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women.
December 6 not only marks the anniversary of the massacre, but it reminds us that violence against women continues in Canada and around the world. As a day of action, it prompts us to take steps to end violence against women.
For more information and facts on 'Status of Women Canada' website: http: //www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/vaw-vff/index-eng.html
(12/3/2011 3:32:00 AM)
Tomorrow (December 3) is Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day.
What bookstore will you visit with the kid in your life? Founded by novelist Jenny Milchman, the new tradition urges parents to pass along the joy of bookstore shopping to the next generation.
'Bookstores hold a place in the hearts and times of our community. They are places to discover an author, a story, a life. Nothing affords the conversation and interaction among books and book lovers that a bookstore does. In the future, whether you download your story or pluck a volume off a shelf, a bookstore will be able to accommodate. But in order for bookstores to flourish and thrive, we must expose future generations to the unique pleasures they offer. On December 3rd,2011, take the child in your life to a bookstore. Watch his face light up as you give him free access, not just to a new book, but to tomorrow.' — Jenny Milchman
(12/2/2011 1:38:00 AM)
Today is International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
The Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others was approved by the United Nations General Assembly on 2 December 1949. Besides, by resolution 57/195 of 18 December 2002, the Assembly proclaimed 2004 the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition. The Day was first celebrated in 1986.
The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.
Raise Awareness, Stop Human Trafficking Now!
(12/1/2011 3:24:00 AM)
Today is World Aids Day, 'Act Aware! '
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.
In 2010 there were
34 million people living with HIV
2.7 million people newly infected with HIV
1.8 million AIDS-related deaths
Find out the facts about HIV and use this knowledge to protect yourself and others from HIV infection.
Today, let's unite in the fight against HIV.
Wear the Ribbon, Play Safe & Remember.
(11/25/2011 3:26:00 AM)
Today is “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women”
Women's activists have marked November 25 as a day to fight violence against women since 1981. On December 17,1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The UN invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities designated to raise public awareness of the problem on this day as an international observance. Women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence, and the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden.
This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960 of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo (1930–1961) .
Take action and Say no to gender based violence!
(11/4/2011 2:06:00 AM)
'Occupy Wall Street and the Poetry of Now-Time: The reason the protests in Zuccotti Park are so powerful is that they are more about love than anger'
on New York Observer
Share your thoughts about the movement.
(10/15/2011 3:08:00 AM)
If you’re a writer, and you support the Occupy Movement give your sign.
And also you can find the list of writers who support the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Movement around the world.
(10/13/2011 7:30:00 AM)
Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street is an ongoing series of demonstrations in New York City based in Zuccotti Park, formerly 'Liberty Plaza Park'. The protest was originally called for by the Canadian activist group Adbusters; some compare the activity to the Arab Spring movement (particularly the Tahrir Square protests in Cairo, which initiated the 2011 Egyptian revolution) and the Spanish Indignants.
The participants of the event are mainly protesting against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government, among other concerns. By October 9, similar demonstrations had been held or were ongoing in over 70 cities.
official site of the movement: http: //occupywallst.org/
Poet of the Midwest, industrial America and labor, Carl Sandburg's (1878-1967) poem 'I Am The People, The Mob' grounds the meaning of the latter term in the historical and material conditions of working people, suggesting that without the labor, the intellects, the bodies of workers, the corporations persons would have been and would be nothing. Here is Sandburg's poem:
I Am The People, The Mob
I Am the people-the mob-the crowd-the mass.
Do you know that all the great work of the world is
done through me?
I am the workingman, the inventor, the maker of the
world's food and clothes.
I am the audience that witnesses history. The Napoleons
come from me and the Lincolns. They die. And
then I send forth more Napoleons and Lincolns.
I am the seed ground. I am a prairie that will stand
for much plowing. Terrible storms pass over me.
I forget. The best of me is sucked out and wasted.
I forget. Everything but Death comes to me and
makes me work and give up what I have. And I
Sometimes I growl, shake myself and spatter a few red
drops for history to remember. Then-I forget.
When I, the People, learn to remember, when I, the
People, use the lessons of yesterday and no longer
forget who robbed me last year, who played me for
a fool-then there will be no speaker in all the world
say the name: 'The People, ' with any fleck of a
sneer in his voice or any far-off smile of derision.
The mob-the crowd-the mass-will arrive then.