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The poetry of documenting the Kosovo war

The second edition of the Poetic Festival of Pristina, on the second evening, was characterized by a series of activities in the "Termokiss" social center. It started with the discussion with the writer and researcher Gëzim Aliu, to continue with the promotion of the book "Mother" by Nora Prekazi together with a panel discussion with Vlora Konushevci, Arbër Selmani and Donika Dabishevci. Space was given to a single topic in literature. Under the title "Literature and War", the second part of the evening was reserved for a poetic reading by five poets, who with their verses have documented the experiences of the last war in Kosovo.

The drama of war, although difficult for humanity, has always served as an inspiration for great works. The power of poetic verse has been proven as a testimony and evocation of the past. It is also seen as a review of sad history, a kind of confrontation with trauma. It was precisely the poetic verses of the five poets that once again manifested the power of literature in articulating human emotions. This part of the evening, moderated by the presenter Alketa Gashi-Fazliu, started with Halil Matoshi and his autobiographical poems, which represent the horror experienced by the subject during the war.

"The Lil's poem", the poem he read, unfolds in verse the deeply personal journey of the journalist and poet's reflections on the struggle and the essential impact of his time spent in prison.

Ilire Zajmi has read the poem "The war took me to Pristina".

In the vortex of wartime memory, the verses are enhanced with guitar sounds by Naser Dula. Actor and writer Shpëtim Selmani also read some verses.

Poet Vlora Konushevci, with "Copa Paqeje", shared with the attendees short stories experienced during the last war in Kosovo.

The poetry reading was concluded with the poet Eduard Frrokaj, with a poetic cycle dedicated to the Meja massacre, where Serbian forces killed 377 Albanian civilians on April 27, 1999.

"In this case today that we had the topic of war in literature, which is very important to memorize people's experiences and everything that happened during the war in Kosovo, because this serves the collective memory and we dare not forget these things for the new generations who fortunately did not experience them. Festivals are very important, for Kosovo and in general, all of them, literary ones, since I am a poet myself, I enjoy them a little more".

Halil Matoshi praised the second edition of the Poetic Festival of Pristina as he expressed his satisfaction that war poetry was also given a worthy space within the festival.

"It is a new festival which is getting better every time. It is a shelter that gathers the creators of poetry and other arts. A very interesting space here in Pristina, and above all I want to single out this piece of war poetry which practically comes to us as a reminder since all archives may disappear one day, but the archive that remains is poetry, it always remains ".

Beyond poets and writers, this cultural event in the capital also attracted artists from other dimensions. Anisa Ismaili, as an actress, sees such festivals as inspiring and necessary for cultural life.

"I am very happy that I came here today, we always need such poetic events. When I entered with these lights with a pleasant scenography, I heard these beautiful and painful poems about the war in Kosovo, it is very emotional, and I wish Donika many more events like this, let her festival be traditional because it is seen according to to the public that was inside, that we need such events".

The second evening of the Poetic Festival of Pristina ended with Blerina Rogova-Gaxha's lecture about memory and trauma in literature, which was followed by a film essay by her, which served as a crowning of the entire evening.