Since 2013, the Juan Santamaría Historical Cultural Museum (MHCJS) has developed an original and very well-received cultural activity, which is part of the celebrations for the National Poetry Day, which is commemorated every 31 January, in memory of the birth of Jorge Debravo (1938-1967).
This is the Poems Factory, which summons a large number of literary and musical artists, who combine in a festivity that brings together the Alajuela community, around poetry. For this year, the activity will be held on Saturday 25 January, from 1 p.m. to approximately 4 p.m., in the surroundings of the Central Park of Alajuela and in facilities of the MHCJS.
María Elena Masis, director of the Juan Santamaría Cultural Historical Museum, said: «We are very honored to be able to welcome all poetry lovers, in the framework of the National Poetry Day.
The MHCJS has the characteristic of being located in Alajuela, where the word is a constituent element of this province and the canton; it is part of the being of Alajuela. Therefore, we invite all those who like, not only to write, but also to listen to the poem, to approach the museum, to know and appreciate the work of national poets, as well as our international guest, Melissa del Mar Pontigo; they are going to accompany us and delight us with poems of all kinds of subjects.
How will the Poem Factory work? As in previous years, the Fábrica de Poemas, will be operating from 1 p.m., in the vicinity of the Central Park of Alajuela, which will be the stage for the production of spontaneous poems, at the request of passersby citizens. Paper and pencil in hand, the participating poets will be inviting the audience to take a freshly made poem, from their particular factory.
Later, shortly before 3 p.m., the operations of the ” La fábrica de poemas” will be moved to the Plaza Francisca Carrasco Jiménez, located inside the MHCJS, where a small poetry recital will be held, alternating with the participation of invited musicians.
The novelty for 2020 will be the participation of the young Mexican writer and researcher, Melissa del Mar Pontigo, who has participated as an exhibitor in Tedx-Mexico congresses, as well as academic and literary events.
The #Fábricadepoemas2020 will feature the participation of renowned artists of the word, such as the Costa Rican poet laureate José María Zonta and children’s writer Ani Brenes; in addition, David Monge, Sarita Marchena, Marybelle Obando and José Alfredo Ulloa, among others.
The musical complement during that evening dedicated to poetry, will be in charge of Túpac Amarulloa, talented and multifaceted national artist, who has a masters in Jazz and Popular Music, with a specialty in traversal flute. The musician has also taught in Faculty of Music at universities in Costa Rica and the United States.
Literature accompanies us, regardless of the number of texts we read. It is how we understand what surrounds us and propose new realities. Linking with literature, especially with poetry, whether writing it, reading it or listening to it, allows us, among many other issues, to remember what we have forgotten about, affirmed the Mexican Melissa del Mar Pontigo, international guest of Poems Factory 2020.
To become aware of the poetry that inhabits us, is to exercise our empathy, is to know us sensitive, is to visit the origin and the future. It even becomes an act of resistance to a reality that tends to be silent, instantaneous, disposable. Poetry, on the other hand, is timeless and perennial; it remains in our memory and is reproduced through another of the great inventions of the human being: the word, the speech. Causing poetry to live on, thanks to those who named it, and we are still alive by the poetry that saves us. Then, we must search for and keep the poetry in us, because it is the one that reminds us that we are human, concluded the Mexican.
Melissa del Mar Pontigo, invitada internacional. En su poesía, recurre a explorar el origen, la nostalgia y el olvido. Melissa del Mar (1999), estudia la licenciatura de comunicación y medios digitales en el Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Estado de México. Cuenta con un diplomado en Literaturas Mexicanas en Lenguas Indígenas (2019), ofrecido por el Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura. Su trabajo ha sido publicado en las revistas Suterm, Campos de Plumas y en el periódico El Universal. Además, es jefa de difusión y comunicación de Cardenal, Revista Literaria. Ha participado como ponente en La lengua poética creaciones y reflexiones (2018), TEDx (2019), Untitled (2019), Festival Universitario de Literatura y Artes (2019), Encuentro Nacional de Escritores Jóvenes (2019), Festival Mesoamericano de Poesía (2019) y en la Feria Internacional del Libro Zócalo (2019). Vídeo TEDx https://youtu.be/xM7VUca2FFs