22/ 03/ 2012
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AMNA--Enlisting the words and wisdom of poets, roughly one thousand writers and artists turned out to mark UNESCO's World Poetry Day on Wednesday with a "poets' rally" against austerity cuts and the crisis that is ravaging Greece. Instead of the usual slogans, they carried placards with excerpts from the works of Greece's most important poets, while the words of Homer, Cavafy and Nobel laureates Elytis and Seferis echoed over the loudspeakers.
The poets' march began at the Ianos bookshop shortly after noon, accompanied by an impromptu band and two performers on stilts.
The main placard was carried by the poet Manolis Tsakiris and the first stop was the National Library, followed by the university, the Athens Academy and finally Syntagma Square.
"When you bow your head, someone else grows taller," said one placard with the signature of Argyris Marneros, which was much photographed by international media covering the demonstration.
Musician Stamatis Kraounakis, incandescent in his diatribe against the country's political class, and the wife of the late poet Nikos Eggonopoulos, Nelli Andrikopoulou, were among the crowd.