Book specifications

Author: Antoine Cassar 
ISBN: 978-99957-45-22-6
Cover: Hardbound
Language: Maltese
Format: 95mm x 130 mm
Pages: 32
Price: €10
Publisher: Ede Books, Malta, 2019

Valid for all peoples, and for all landscapes.

For citizen or villager, wherever you were born.

Your worth is not proportional to the population of your country.

Entry free of duty, no need for a stamp or visa, the doors are unscrewed from the jambs.

Wara għaxar snin jittajjar f’pajsaġġi u ilsna varji fil-qrib u fil-bogħod, il-Passaport jerġa’ lura d-dar.

Nippreżentaw edizzjoni ġdida, riveduta u aġġornata. B’għamla xierqa għall-istejjer li l-poeżija għaddiet minnhom mill-2009 ’l hawn, iżda fuq kollox, b’libsa denja ta’ jdejn il-qarrejja.

Third edition of the Maltese Passaport, published by EDE Books, with a new design by Marco Scerri, and linocut illustrations by Steven Scicluna.

PASSAPORT is a protest poem denouncing a long, non-exhaustive list of border absurdities and atrocities, nested inside a love poem to humanity as a naturally migrating species.

Since the publication of the original Maltese version in December 2009, the poem has been adapted and performed in over a dozen languages, at festivals and conferences in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia.

Passport is an anarchist love poem, a declaration of universal citizenship, the vision of a world where the fear of barriers and frontiers has long been overcome. A world without customs and checkpoints, without border police out to snatch away the dawn, without the need for forms, documents, or biometric data… A world without the need to cross the desert barefoot, nor to float off on a raft, on an itinerary of hope all too quickly struck out by the realities of blackmail and exploitation. The modulating verses of the poem, the rhythm and alliteration, give force to a voice looking to quicken the planetary conscience of the listener.

Antoine Cassar is a Maltese poet, translator, editor, and cultural organiser, and a creative activist for migrants’ rights and universal freedom of movement.
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10th September 2016 Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival Coolum, Queensland, Australia

PASSPORT by Antoine Cassar

guitar: Tah Riq

Video: thanks to Tahlia Kertesz