Instead of a poem for this week's PF, here's a selection of international articles about poetry:
How I Used Poetry And Drama to Resolve Communal Conflict by Greg Mbajiorgu (All Africa: Nigeria)
Towards a culture for peace: poetry, drama and music in Somali society by Maxamed Daahir Afrax
In Yemen, Fighting Illiteracy Through Poetry
Silent Voices: The Role of Somali Women’s Poetry in Social and Political Life by Zainab Mohamed Jama (Oral Tradition)
An article about Chernobyl poet, Lyubov Sirota, by Adolph Kharash and Sirota's poems
Egyptian court frees poet who was given a three-year sentence for insulting the president (BBC)
In 2009,Turkey posthumously reclaimed their most famous poet, Nazim Hikmet Ran. During the Cold War, they stripped him of his citizenship for his political views and he died in exile.
Police brutality towards visiting poets at Woordfees, South Africa (2008)
A link to my own post about City of Asylum poet Huang Xiang.
The Time Has Come: Poetry and Drama Use in the Geography Class by Joseph A. Weber
An upcoming event: August 26th Benefit for Gulf Coast marine habitat featuring poets, artists, and musicians. Poetry Never Sleeps!
Edited to add:
Warwick Medical School in England had their first International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine this year and awarded an International Hippocrates Prize for poetry and medicine.