Poetry is the journey of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away. Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance - Carl Sandburg..........Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject - John Keats .........Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge - William Wordsworth ..........Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand - Plato .........No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher. For poetry is the blossom and the fragrance of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language - Samuel Taylor Coleridge .........One demands two things of a poem. Firstly, it must be a well-made verbal object that does honor to the language in which it is written. Secondly, it must say something significant about a reality common to us all, but perceived from a unique perspective. What the poet says has never been said before, but, once he has said it, his readers recognize its validity for themselves - W. H. Auden ...........Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash - Leonard Cohen .........There is a pleasure in poetic pains which only poets know - William Cowper .........Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood -T. S. Eliot ..........Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason - Novalis...........He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life - George Sand .........A poem is never finished, only abandoned - Paul Valery ........A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland - Kahlil Gibran.............Poetry should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance - John Keats..........To be a poet is a condition, not a profession - Robert Frost........A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself - E. M. Forster.........Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo - Don Marquis...........Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things - T. S. Eliot ..........You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it tick. You're back with the mystery of having been moved by words. The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in - Dylan Thomas .........Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words - Paul Engle......... There is not a joy the world can give like that it takes away! Lord Byron

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START Charity Gala
Monday 17 March 8pm-1am
Location DIFC

START is an innovative charity that offers art workshops for children in areas where few provisions for education exist.

Founded by the Al Madad Foundation and Art Dubai, this exclusive dinner will fund important projects across the Middle East.

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Phone + 9714 361 2861
Hotel reservations and travel
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Phone +9714396 2292
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Patrons' Preview*
Hosted by Madinat Jumeirah
Tuesday 18 March 7pm-10pm

Ladies' Preview*
Wednesday 19 March 1pm-5pm

Wednesday 19 March 5pm-10pm

Public Opening
Thursday 20 March 12pm-8pm
Friday 21 March 12pm-8pm
Saturday 22 March 11am-5pm

*Invitation only

Global Art Forum
The Global Art Forum brings together the world's leading artists, curators, museum directors and art professionals to discuss issues that affect art today and that will define its future. The Forum concerns itself with the practice of contemporary art in the context of the Middle East, providing a credible and necessary intellectual platform for the exchange of ideas. As such the Global Art Forum will continue to set the agenda for
Art Dubai, ensuring the Fair remains innovative and relevant.

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Wednesday 19 March
Artists and New Art Productions Interviews and panels

Thursday 20 March
Cities in Transition
In association with FIAC.

Friday 21 March
Museums for the Middle East
Presentations and panels.

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Art Projects
New commissions from leading international artists will be shown in and around the Madinat Arena.
This year will see a special focus on Pakistani Contemporary Art
with 'Desperately Seeking Paradise' curated by Salima Hashmi.

Art Park
Art Park is a project space for installation and video work. The Bidoun Cinema will show three programmes focussing on the
vibrant Middle East video scene, whilst the Bidoun Lounge designed by Traffic, will feature a video bar with continuous screenings on plasma screens.

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