Dylan Thomas’ and Aeronwy Thomas’ Portraits Exhibition in Torino, Italy

Alberto Geisser Library, Torino – March 25  2015 at 6 pm

Conference “DYLAN THOMAS AND ITALY” with portraits of Dylan Thomas and Aeronwy Thomas on show

"Dylan, light your fire"  mix media painting by Lidia Chiarelli, Italy

“Dylan, light your fire” mix media painting by Lidia Chiarelli, Italy

"Dylan Thomas in blue" digital art by Lidia Chiarelli, Italy

“Dylan Thomas in blue” digital art by Lidia Chiarelli, Italy

"Portrait of Dylan Thomas" by Gianpiero Actis, Italy

“Portrait of   Dylan Thomas” by Gianpiero Actis, Italy

"Do not go gentle into that good night" by Claudio Chiabotti, Italy

“Do not go gentle into that good night” by Claudio Chiabotti, Italy

"Aeronwy Thomas"  by Davide Binello, Italy

“Aeronwy Thomas” by Davide Binello, Italy

"Blue Aeronwy Thomas"  digital art by Lidia Chiarelli, Italy

“Blue Aeronwy Thomas” digital art by Lidia Chiarelli, Italy

Portrait by Liliana Cecchin

“Aeronwy Thomas” by Liliana Cecchin, Italy

“BENGALI INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL” POETS HOUSE – April 11 2015

BENGALI COVERCover art by Carolyn Mary Kleefeld

Shabdaguchha

in cooperation with

Cross-Cultural Communications

presents

BENGALI INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL”

POETS HOUSE

10 River Terrace, NYC 10282

Tel: 212/431-7920

SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2:00-5:30 PM

hosted by

Hassanal Abdullah & Stanley H. Barkan

includes

special reading of Hassanal Abdullah’s new forthcoming book

UNDER THE THIN LAYERS OF LIGHT

(Cross-Cultural Communications, 2015)

Dedicated to Bangladesh-born US citizen, Freethinker, and Founder of mukto-mona.com

AVIJIT ROY (1972–2015)

murdered by Islamic fundamentalists after attending the book fair in Dhaka, February, 2015

multilingual reading

special featured poet from Wales

PETER THABIT JONES

FUAD ATTAL (Arabic) * FARUQUE AZAM (Bengali) * HONG AI BAI (Chinese, Korean)

PURABI BASU (Bengali) * SULTAN CATTO (Turkish) * MIA BARKAN CLARKE (English)

JYOTIMOY DATTA (Bengali) * JYOTIPRAKASH DATTA (Bengali) * MINAKSHI DATTA (Bengali)

JOAN DIGBY (English) * JOHN DIGBY (English) * CHARLES FISHMAN (English)

MIKE GRAVES (English) * SANG-HEE KWAK (Korean) * NINO PROVENZANO (Italian, Sicilian)

MINDY RINKEWICH (Polish, Russian, Yiddish) * NAZNIN SEAMON (Bengali)

VANTZETI VASSILEV (Bulgarian), * BISSERA VIDENOV (Bulgarian)

also

Book and Art & Photography Exhibit

Gianpiero Actis, Helen Bar-Lev, Lidia Chiarelli, Adel Gorgy, Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, Mark Polyakov, Marsha Solomon

Refreshments / Free – Donations welcome

Made Possible in Part through Poets House’s Literary Partner’s Program”

“DYLAN THOMAS AND ITALY” – Tribute to DYLAN THOMAS – March 25 – Torino Italy

 

DYLAN THOMAS AND ITALY_

Tribute to one of the greatest poets of the Twentieth Century

at the conclusion of the celebrations organized

for the centenary of his birth

 

 a project by  “Il Luogo delle Arti” and  “Immagine & Poesia”

 

In the Beginning_ridotta

(In the Beginning – painting by Gianpiero Actis)

 

In the beginning was the three-pointed star, 
One smile of light across the empty face…
 

Dylan Thomas

 

Alberto Geisser Library, Torino

Wednesday, March 25  6 pm – free admission –

 

Speakers:

Manrico Murzi: poet

Massimo Trombi (Libreria La torre di Abele)

Anna Maria Bracale Ceruti, Luisa Paglieri (Associazione Il Luogo delle Arti)

Lidia Chiarelli, Rosalba Vacis, Maria Fiorenza Verde (Associazione Immagine & Poesia)

Cristina Codazza: voice artist

On show: paintings by  Gianpiero Actis e Davide Binello

Acknowledgments for comments and messages:

OXFORD: Hannah Ellis (grand-daughter of Dylan Thomas), President of the Dylan Thomas Society of Great Britain)

SWANSEA: Peter Thabit Jones (Welsh poet and dramatist, author – with Aeronwy Thomas – ofThe Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village”),  Jo Furber (Literature Officer – Dylan Thomas Centre),  Anne Haden (Expert on Dylan Thomas)

NEW YORK: Stanley H. Barkan, Poet/Publisher, Cross-Cultural Communications, NY

“Limuni” poem by Stanley H. Barkan, NY. Translation into Sicilian by Marco Scalabrino, Trapani

alba sul mare 2

(“Alba sul Mare – Limoni”, painting by Gianpiero Actis, Torino, Italy)

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Credits: “LIMUNI” by Stanley H. Barkan (translation by Marco Scalabrino) is published in “RAISINS WITH ALMONDS  – PASSULI CU MENNULI”, LEGAS PUBLISHING –  NY/ Ontario  Canada –  2013

 

 

LIMUNI

by Stanley H. Barkan

 

Pumadoru! Nèspuli! Limuni!”

cries the Sicilian fruit vendor

as he pulls his fruit-filled cart

over the broken stones

of the streets of Trapani.

 

Aphrodite rises out of the clouds

at the peak of Erice,

her lemon breasts throbbing

at the sight of visitors

seeking her ancient cure.

 

No, she will not speak again.

The times of gods and goddesses

are gone with the scirocco.

 

But the round yellow fruits

blossom all the spring long,

so numerous they fall unpicked

upon the mythic earth.

 

Basketsful are gathered

only from the fallen fruits

perhaps to sweeten the water.

 

No one picks them from the branches,

fresh from the trees in Everyone’s garden,

so sweetly nippled waiting for a kiss.

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LIMUNI

adattamento in dialetto siciliano

di Marco Scalabrino

“Pumadoru! Nespuli! Limuni!”

abbannìa l’omu strati strati

mentri ammutta tra scaffi vecchi e novi

lu so carrettu chinu d’ogni beni.

 

Di lu pizzu di Erici umitusu,

Veneri bidduna s’arrusbìgghia

e abballarìa, pi sbriu di li turisti,

li minni soi divini, sempiterni.

 

Ma nun parra.

Chì li tempi di li Dei

si ni jeru, oramai

cu lu sciloccu.

 

E ntantu ssi frutti tunni e gialli

chi spuntanu abbunnanti e nuddu cogghi

purriti tummulìanu a li soi pedi,

a carteddi, pi nzuccarari l’acqua.

 

Nuddu chiù l’ascippa di li rami.

Nuddu chiù, frischi nna l’arvuli,

affùncia a ssi capicchi duri e duci

chi nun aspettanu autru chi … un vasuni.

 

Tanka (短歌 “short poem”) by Neal Whitman, photograph by Elaine Whitman, USA

neal whitman

 

Elaine and Neal Whitman have been married for 37 years and exchanging Valentines cards for 40 years. They live in Pacific Grove, California (US) where both are hospice volunteers. They love to collaborate on haiga — her photography and his poetry. Also, in public recital, they combine her wood flute and his poems.

 

neal and elaine

“The Colour of Saying – A Creative Writing Competition in Celebration of Dylan Thomas”

Colour of Saying front cover

 

Anthology  edited by Peter Thabit Jones (Wales, UK) and Stanley H. Barkan (NY): A Creative Writing Competition in Celebration of Dylan Thomas

Colour of Saying back cover