April 2012 Featured Activist Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Bone Day
Bone Day

“My husbands body was found after being lost for 5 years the 17th of June 1998. I wrote this poem the day I was informed by the police that the bones in question belonged to him. He actually was found in the most beautiful and powerful spots of Iceland. Still is a puzzle how he could have vanished for so long on this tiny island….” Read Birgitta’s poem, Bone Day.

Wikipedia Born in Reykjavik, Birgitta is also a poet, writer, artist, editor, publisher, activist and has used the internet for these activities.

Birgitta at her favorite place in Iceland
Birgitta at her favorite place in Iceland

Her first poetry collection was published when she was 22 years old by Iceland’s biggest publisher, Almenna Bókafélagið, AB books, in 1989. Birgitta organized “Art against war” where a number of Icelandic artists and poets came out to protest the war in Iraq. Birgitta set up the first Icelandic online art gallery in 1996 for the Apple Shop in Iceland. Birgitta has participated in several international projects related to writing and activism including “Poets Against the War”, “Dialogue among Nations through Poetry”, and “Poets for Human Rights”. She also edited and published the two international books The World Healing Book and The Book of Hope which contains writings by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Rita Dove, the Dalai Lama, Rabbi Michael Lerner, John Kinsella, and Sigur Rós. Birgitta is a founder of Beyond Borders Press and Radical Creations. Birgitta is a part of International Network of Parliamentarians’ for Tibet (INPaT) Read more.

Dedicated to the Tsunami victims and those still suffering from the 2004 Tsunami. Poetry written 26th of December 2004, song created by Jón Tryggvi 2007, video created 26th of December 2009.

When the Tsunami struck it had a deep impact on me and my older son. The proportions so large that it was beyond comprehension. On my island we got about 320.000 people – just the thought of almost everyone on this island loosing their life to the powers beyond human nature to tame was something that altered at least my perspective of the world.

Birgitta’s Facebook is here. Birgitta’s MySpace is here. Before Birgitta Jonsdottir became a member of the Icelandic Parliament in April 2009 she worked as a writer, artist, activist, web developer, designer. This website is an artistic work in progress since 1995, it is not a website of your traditional politician since Birgitta is everything but your traditional politician.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir
Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Her political views are not expressed on this website since she does not think of politics as something beyond her everyday life. Being political is having opinions. Every person has the opportunity to change the world. This has been the thread Birgitta has woven through her life. This website is thus an artistic creation of life in motion.

Birgitta Jonsdottir is a poet, journalist, editor, designer, publisher and an activist. She works with various humanitarian and environmental groups. To learn more about Birgitta, google has the answers. Birgitta is considered a pioneer in bringing arts and poetry to the Internet, starting as early as 1995 with the ongoing project Womb of Creation and various collaborations with among others, Reykjavik Arts festival and Apple in Iceland.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir
Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Wake Up by Birgitta Limited edition of 100 numbered copies, each one has a handwritten message and a little surprice, hidden somewhere between the pages. A4 format. No two books are the same and Birgitta makes each book with the person getting it in mind. The book contains 53 poems and 9 artworks in full color.

Warriors of Words

Listen poets of the world
your words are mighty
your vision is clear
war is war is war
never peace
never healing
if war

the oracle of history speaks
through your words
through your courage
fight with the pen
with your vision
but most importantly
open the space between space
the world between worlds
between your words

the world is not simple
it is not even one
it is in layers of understanding
create that empty space
of understanding
by heart on fire
by compassion
by being unbearably honest

create that space for free thinking
curling through your words
to hit in the heart of hearts
like a bolt of enlightenment

you are the carrier of the flame
the favorite of the muse
the warrior of words
truth truth truth
seek it speak it

the bush is on fire
illusions run deep
seek speak the truth
and hope shall remain
peace shall remain
in the s p a c e

 

 

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