On the 21st of March, World Poetry Day, the National Poet of Belgium, Els Moors, invites all poets worldwide to gather their most beautiful odes and elegies on their cities and make them public. In times of gentrification, mass tourism and worldwide migration we are craving for lonely flâneurs and notorious wanderers who want to lay bare the mysterious heart of their cities. Are you still in love with the city you were born in? Were you pushed on by love, or obliged to leave your hearth and home? Adopt your city by writing an urban elegy and take part in the writing of the most exotic Lonely Planet at this time: The adopted cities

 

Would you like to contribute to this special worldwide anthology, and motivate others to join?
Then join this action in a few steps: 

  1. Publish your poem on our page starting the 21st of March 2018: www.adoptedcities.be
  2. Post your poem on all your possible (social) media and via press channels and encourage your fellow citizens to adopt a city with a poem and to join the action. Everybody can share their city-poem on our website. On Facebook, please use #adoptedcities so we can follow and share your posts.
  3. Please spread this message to all (city) poets in your network.
  4. Enjoy an easily accessible and interactive online anthology, a playful way to motivate people to read and write poetry!

On Wednesday March 21, Els Moors will publish her poem as an example for participants in Belgium. Her predecessor and ambassador Laurence Vielle has already posted a love letter to Brussels as a perfect example of adopting her hometown: http://www.poetenational.be/lettre-a-bruxelles/

“Poète National – er Dichter des Vaderlans” is the Belgian interpretation of a “Poet Laureate”. It is a literary initiative that wants to build bridges between the different language communities in our country, and it is organized by several literary institutions within the country: Poëziecentrum, VONK & Zonen, Maison de la Poésie de Namur, Maison de la Poésie d’Amay, fiEstival maelstrÖm, Midis de la Poésie, Poème 2, Jeugd & Poëzie and Passa Porta. With the support of the National Lotery and her players, and with the support of the agreement of cultural collaboration between the Flemish and the French community in Belgium.