From Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature
The plains were dry, and no spring wells underneath
as green turns to yellow, and yellow to grey
but a curtain of water drew close upon me,
cool from the earth.
Balance restored, a circle is drawn.
The dream is shattered as the dream reforms.
Victor Billot, from the poem "Monsoon Season"
Victor Billot is a New-Zealand, Dunedin writer and musician who has published three books of poetry: Mad Skillz for the Demon Operators (2014), Machine Language (2015), and Ambient Terror (2017).
READ THE WORLD
Read the World is an exhibition of texts from nineteen UNESCO Cities of Literature around the world. It opens at the Reykjavík City Hall on October 10, 2018 and lasts until October 31st. The exhibition honours Iceland‘s centenary as a sovereign nation and the texts all ponder on the topics of freedom – whether of thought, mind or speach –, independence or rebellion.
The Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature hopes that the exhibition encourages people to think about these important issues and their meaning for us as individuals and nations. The event also highlights the importance of intercultural dialogue and the invaluable contribution of foreign artists and cultural currents for Icelandic culture, sovereignty and developement, past and present.
The UNESCO Cities of Literature are part of the wider UNESCO Creative Cities Network.