Hundreds of poets from 35 countries gathered in Taiwan to share their creative thoughts at the opening of the 30th World Congress of Poets in Taipei yesterday.
The opening ceremony was attended by several senior officials and former Indian president Abdul Kalam, who is also a poet and widely regarded as the “father of India’s missile program.”
“Poetry makes our life beautiful. The whole world can be connected through the words of poets,” Kalam said at the opening ceremony.
Taiwanese poet Yu Hsi (愚溪) — also known as Hung Ching-yu (洪慶祐) — president of this year’s World Congress of Poets, said at the opening ceremony that “poems are like a panacea for our souls.”
Yu said he was sure the international participants’ visit to Taiwan would be a great source of inspiration for them.
The poets attending the congress will visit eastern Taiwan during the six-day event, reciting poems at several scenic spots in Yilan and Hualien.
They are expected to return to Taipei on Tuesday to wrap up their Taiwan trip with a visit to the Taipei International Flora Expo.
At the opening of the congress, Council for Cultural Affairs Minister Emile Sheng (盛治仁) welcomed the international guests and invited them to visit again next year for the year-long cultural performances that will be held in commemoration of the Republic of China’s Centennial.
The first World Congress of Poets was held in the Philippines in 1969, at which Taiwan was one of the founding member countries.