A Poem For Human Rights

For years on International Human Rights Day, December 10th, we celebrated peace with my little “poem for peace in many voices” in 136 translations, which Gavin produced as a book/cd combo for Pendas.
The cd is still available from me.

Photo: Angelo Bucciarelli

“Penn Kemp’s richly evocative poem has been translated into 126 languages and dialects so far. I have participated in the readings in Italian, Latin and Pig Latin and have noticed how Penn involves new arrivals and immigrants and how they love to participate and feel part of something so multicultural and thus, essentially Canadian. Kemp’s goal is to spread the message for peace worldwide and to involve as many languages and dialects in her promotion of peace as she can. Poem for Peace is truly a global effort and an appealing and significant act of diplomacy in the best sense of the word.” Katerina Fretwell

You can see Rachel Thompson’s glorious video for the poem, with a reading by many translators at Elsie Perrin William estate in London ON: https://vimeo.com/148164038

Vera reading her translation of the poem into Elvish!

See also https://lcpnationalpoetrymonth2008.wordpress.com/2008/04/23/london-ontario/

Photo: Angelo Bucciarell

One thought on “A Poem For Human Rights

  1. Mary-Jo says:

    Love your poem calm. It echoes for me know and captures how fleeting this soft presence is. Thank you for your inspiring posts.

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