Place at the Montreal Poetry Festival

Place at the Montreal Poetry Festival
Place at the Montreal Poetry Festival

It is under the unifying theme of (Re)findings that the next edition of the Montreal Poetry Festival will take place, which joyfully celebrates its 25 years of existence.

Catherine Cormier-Larose, general director of the event since 2021, wants poetry to become more democratized and move away from the image that it is intended for an elite: “Poetry is often seen as being bombastic, old-fashioned, even flat, while today’s poets can write about their daily lives. Poetry is at the heart of people’s lives. She is everywhere! “, she defends. The Montreal Poetry Festival (FPM), moreover, is deployed here and there in the city, in order to reach as many people as possible. Thus, we will find at the Quai des Brumes an exhibition of 25 FPM posters, and on the facades of the Grande Bibliothèque, the projection of the poems of 10 poets, including those of Maya Cousineau-Mollen, Carole David and Salah El Khalfa Beddiari. The traditional Poetry Market will invade Place Gérald-Godin, with a crowd of passionate publishers, allowing visitors to discover the full range of publications from here and elsewhere. We will be able to attend poetic readings with the participation of Nicolas Dawson, Annie Lafleur, Ouanessa Younsi and Charles Guibert.

“With this 25e anniversary, we wanted to get together, celebrate our lifelong poets, who have been there from the beginning and build a bridge with those of the next generation. It is also an opportunity to reconnect with certain emblematic activities of the FPM that we had neglected over the years, in particular the Cabaret Médium Glorieux – Moult, Rodrigol and guests,” she adds. A program also enriched by the presence of poets from Tunisia, the country in the spotlight this year, which a Quebec delegation visited very recently on the occasion of the Sidi Bou Said International Poetry Festival. The FPM will also highlight the upcoming publication of a collection bringing together 31 poets from Quebec by Tunisian editions Arabesques, which will eventually be published here in a bilingual edition. We will also be able to hear Tunisian echoes thanks to Moëz Majed, Emna Louzyr and Ashref Kerkeni during the Littoral: meeting with Tunisia event. A certainly enriching exchange! Catherine Cormier-Larose takes the opportunity to remind us that poetry is the same everywhere, that it is a witness to everyday life: “Poetry is a free medium. It offers the possibility of expressing injustices, demands, hopes. This is sometimes the only way to do it in vulnerable places. »

Although all of these activities are accessible to a wide audience of all ages, some of them are particularly aimed at a youth audience. This is the case of the Soulières Poetry Show with Pierre Labrie, poet and animation editor. Children will be able to enjoy the presence of Michel Châteauneuf, Fabienne Gagnon, Yvan DeMuy, Anne-Marie Roberge and Nadine Descheneaux. Pleasure in perspective!

The 25e edition of the Montreal Poetry Festival promises to be rich and teeming with possibilities. It will be held from May 26 to June 2. For more information, click here.

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