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My Body, My Poem - Official Trailer

Première 16 november tijdens The PHYSICAL Word, KINO Rotterdam

SOLD OUT - Poetry, film and music in KINO Rotterdam

Join us on November 16 at KINO Rotterdam for an evening of poetry, film and music. With British/Ugandan poet and slam poet Vanessa Kisuule, Flemish poet, novelist and theater maker Peter Verhelst and Mustafa Stitou from our own country, The PHYSICAL Word has an international lineup of strong poets waiting for you. And on the big screen you will see the premiere of the short film My Body, My Poem in which Lex Reitsma closely follows three poets of the 52nd Poetry International Festival. The film gives you a personal and inspiring insight into the poetry of Safia Elhillo (US/Sudan), Nhã Thûyen (Vietnam) and Ricardo Domeneck (Brazil).

With The PHYSICAL Word, Poetry says goodbye not only to this year's theme The BODY as/ in/ of POETRY, but also to festival programmer Jan Baeke, who is retiring and chose the poets for this midterm poetry night one last time. There will be live music and Hassnae Bouazza will be your host for the evening.

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Peter Verhelst


Peter Verhelst

Fleming Peter Verhelst received this year's prestigious Constantijn Huygens Prize for his entire "intuitive, dark, critical and pulsating oeuvre. As a poet, he prefers to let language derail rather than take the reader by the hand. His sensuous, sometimes unruly collections are bathed in an apocalyptic atmosphere and brimming with references to literature, visual art, dance, theater and music. Just last year he published 2050, a provocative collection of intriguing poems about the near future.

Vanessa Kisuule

United Kingdom

Vanessa Kisuule

She already made a smashing impression on our 'viewers in corona time' and so it is all the more fantastic that after two online appearances, Vanessa Kisuule is now coming to Rotterdam in the flesh. Kisuule is best known for the poem Hollow that went viral on Twitter with 600,000 views in three days after during BLM protests in Bristol, the statue of city proponent and slave trader Edward Colston was thrown into the harbor. Winner of ten slam titles, former Official Poet of Glastonbury and City Poet of Bristol, she has appeared on many stages with her energetic, heartfelt and inspiring poems and performance.

Mustafa Stitou

The Netherlands

Mustafa Stitou

After Mustafa Stitou received the prestigious VSB Poetry Prize in 2003, it still took ten years before the strong collection Tempel followed; It is not automatically the case that collecting a prize gives you wings, he said. Now - again almost ten years later - there is the jubilantly received collection Waar is het lam? This 'staggeringly good' collection (five stars Volkskrant) is a penetrating examination of the meaning of sacrifice, with intriguing poems in which the personal and the political, dream and reality, fear and desire constantly interact.

Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Ludo Pieters Gastschrijver Fonds
Hendrik Muller fonds
Lira fonds
J.E. Jurriaanse
Literature Translation Institute of Korea
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère