St. Martin among 145 nations for “A World Without Walls” poetry reading in February.

GREAT BAY/MARIGOT:— In February, poets from St. Martin, South and North, will join poets from around the world in over 900 protest readings for “A World Without Walls,” said Lasana M. Sekou, projects director at House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).
The readings are confirmed for 384 cities in 145 countries and territories, from all continents, said Fernando Rendon, General Coordinator of the World Poetry Movement (WPM). The call for the global poetry action was issued by the WPM (
Rendon contacted Sekou to inquire whether St. Martin poets would wish to participate with fellow poets from around the world in the poetry action. Last week Sekou began contacting poets on the island by email and social media.
“With the initial responses, HNP and Shujah Reiph of Conscious Lyrics radio magazine will coordinate a broadcast reading format of St. Martin poets to air on SOS Radio 95.9 FM. The broadcast date will be announced in February,” said Sekou.
How did this project get started in the first place?
“In September 2018, in Zigong, China, the Coordinating Committee of the World Poetry Movement met,” said Rendon, who is also director of the huge International Poetry Festival of Medellin, Colombia.
“Considering that dividing walls are emerging to segregate people: concrete walls, barbed wire walls, or more invisible walls built by money and inequality,” the WPM members “took the decision to call for a planetary poetic action to be carried out in February 2019,” said Rendon, himself a poet.
St. Martin poets, aspiring poets, and spoken word artists who wish to participate in the international poetry protest action against divisions and injustices — by reading or rapping on the theme of “A World Without Walls,” can contact HNP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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;; and Shujah Reiph, the reading program host, at (590 690) 30-7366, said Sekou.
The recital updates for “A World Without Walls” around the world can be seen at WPM Facebook, said Reiph, who is also coordinator of the St. Martin Book Fair.
The Coordinating Committee members of the World Poetry Movement hail from India, Ghana, USA, Panama, Colombia, Cuba, Greece, Turkey, Kuwait, Nepal, China, Kenya, Morocco, France, Sweden, and Chile.

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Source: St. Martin News Network