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January 20, 2022

How do you write poetry for an audience that doesn't understand you? Spoken word poet Valerio Moser was invited to a poetry festival on the other side of the world, where his Swiss German texts are not understood. So for this performance he found new ways to write his poems. Last year We won a poetry slam in New York and one in Bilbao with the Swiss German poems and I've attended festivals and events in Warsaw, Maputo, Tokyo, Reykjavik in front of an audience who doesn‘t understand any Swiss-German - without translation. And I'll read some of these poems to show how you can feel a poem even if you don‘t understand the words used.

I'm happy to have the chance to be part of the amazing TEDx community! Or as we would say in Swiss-German: Choge cool!

If you accept the possibility of failure you will find new creative spaces! This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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