looking for any other motivation than poetry, we
are announcing today the creation of The House of
Poetry in Morocco since we have been deploring the
absence of a place we could gather in as poets.
have been more or less talking about this for a
long time till we had the audacity to surprisse
ourselves in the samr way a poem can astonish us
through the birth of an idea free of any useless
constraints. Its poetry that guides our adventure
into unlimited direction in front of frustrations
stole a moment of our individual secrets in order
to make this announcement, urged as we were by the
idea of The House Poetry as a human idea we find
in transhumance in many countries.
Moroccan poetry, in its own perception of itself
and in its best creations as well as in its performances
here and there, has known a qualitative change.
Individual voices which attract or move away from
each other remain fraternal in the same pursuit
of the chant. Poetry is their major concern since
it deals with the re-creation of indivitual or collective
existence. A language open by what seems to be impossible
and bodies which constantly live on the dangrous
frontier of poems and life at the same time. We
have never hesitated to consider poetry as a human
necesssity as much as it is an Arab and Moroccan
one, a unique faith in poetry and in the place it
deserves in our times.
Moroccan poetry cannot, because of the difficulties
it encounters engender new opportunies of creation
where poets could influence one another, interact
with the public and the critics. Instead, the gap
of exiles has widened and poetry became the accused,
trapped between the devil of the body and the deep
blue sea of other people.
spite of this accumulate delay the decision of creating
a House of Poetry in Morocco is a response to the
requirements of Moroccan poetry for meetings with
poets about poerty issues such as:
Organization of poetry readings of Moroccan poets.
Works on poetry issues.
The archeology of Moroccan poetry.
Translations and publications.
Communication with other Maghrebi poets.
Invitation of other Arab and international poets.
Poetry and other arts.
are some of the aspects that we intend to work on
in The House of Poetry. We are initiating the idea
today in Casablanca, and we invite our Moroccan
friends to think about it and make it collective,
keeping in mind that nothing would be placed above
poetry in Morocco and the Arab World today. We are
of course aware of our limits as poets in an era
when poetry is about to be erased.
voices of fellow poets whom we accompanied to their
last dwelling, in recent or long forgotten times,
muffled by solitude and forgeting, are living within
us, as strong and free as ever in their appeal to
us. Their voices and ours live in accordance; we
live by and in poetry.
House of Poetry does not pretend to monopolize or
own poetry. It is the mere form that welcomes our
assent, thus letting the choice to others to either
join it or choose something more in agreement with
their options. If anything, poetry teaches us freedom.
We therefore defend poetry and poets.
take this opportunity to hail our poet friends who
have worked or are still working for the assertion
of the poetic word within Arab or cosmic horizons,
and we inform our friends and poetry friends that
we will soon be announcing the lines of our action.
April 8, 1996.
Bentalha, Mohammed Bennis, Salah Boussrif, Hassan
House of Poetry is a symbolic place of all Moroccan,
poets who agree conscientiously and in full awareness
that the poetical act is above all an act of freedom.
In this House generations of poets could meet, different
experiences could be exchanged, and languages could
engage a dialogue to favor peaceful communication.
Tranquility and liberty are honored in this institution
whch welcomes every kind of subjectivity as a matrix
first mission of the House of Poetry is to assimilate
within its orientation all the voices which have
oted for freedom in poetry practices. That is to
say that the programs and activities of the House
aim at giving an opportunity to all those for whom
poetry is a vital space, to dedicate themselves
to poetry work whatever the form or the language
may be. The House is therfore open to all Mroroccan
poets who adopt these principles.
belong to the House of Poetry one needs to be in
harmony with the initative of its creation, that
is: respect of differences in order to give to this
collective action the possibility to fulfill a long
expected and difficult ambition.
to the dynamism of poeples individual and
collective life, the vital aspect of their subjctivity,
the widening of their interests, and the specificity
of their poetical creation, The House of Poetry
will remain a place for meetings, solidarity, and
conciliation. All its membres are eager to defend
the dignity of poetry and poets by putting together
all their material means and their intellectual
capacities to make of this dignity an undisputed
right and by being fully involved in Moroccos