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World Congress of Poets opens in Taipei

2010/12/02 14:05:21

Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) Hundreds of poets from 35 countries gatheredin Taiwan to share their creative thoughts at the opening of the 30thWorld Congress of Poets in Taipei Thursday.

The opening ceremony was attended by several high-rankingofficials and by former President of India Abdul Kalam, who is also apoet and is widely regarded as the "father of India's missileprogram."

"Poetry makes our life beautiful. The whole world can beconnected through the words of poets, " Kalam said at the openingceremony.

Taiwanese poet Yu Hsi, who is also known as Hung Ching-yu and isthe current president of the 2010 World Congress of Poets, said atthe opening ceremony that“poems are like a panacea for our souls."

Yu said he is sure the Taiwan visit will be a great source ofinspiration for the participating poets.

The poets attending the congress will converge on eastern Taiwanduring the six-day congress, reciting poems at several scenic spotsin Yilan and Hualien.

They are expected to return to Taipei on Dec. 7 to wrap up theirTaiwan trip with a visit to the Taipei International FloraExposition.

At the opening of the congress, Council for Cultural AffairsMinister Emile Sheng welcomed the international guests and invitedthem to visit again next year for the year-long cultural performancesthat will be held in celebration of the country's 100th foundinganniversary.

The first World Congress of Poets was held in the Philippines in1969. Taiwan is one of the founding members of the congress.

(By Hermia Lin)