March 21: “Long ago there was a time my heart was helpless in Antarctica” open poetry circle – Café com Paulo Freire podcast

Welcome to the third spring semester session of the Café com Paulo Freire podcast! On World Poetry Day we gather for an open poetry circle where you can share your own or somebody else’s poetry, or just join us and listen in.

For as long as there has been humans there has been language. For as long as there has been language there has been stories, and with stories poetry. Maybe one could even imagine poetry as something inherent in the universe, in and on this planet, with plants, mountains, animals and humans connecting to a collective, more-than-human language, a language older than words. With that said – poetry can be silly, short and disturbing – whatever this world holds, poetry tries to capture and pronounce.

Your are most welcome to CEMUS Library and our pop-up studio where we will provide coffee and tea, or if you are with us online – brew up your own coffee and put the kettle on.

When: March 21 kl. 14.15-15.30 CET

Where: CEMUS Library, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, see map here


In collaboration with Studiefrämjandet, Litteraturcentrum and Café com Paulo Freire International.

“Long ago there was a time my heart was helpless in Antarctica” comes from the poem “Antarctica” written by Freddy Niagara Fonseca who joined us for last year’s Café com Paulo Freire poetry circle, read more about him and the poem here: and don’t miss the choreographed video version below.

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During the autumn 2021 in connection with the celebration of Paulo Freire’s 100th anniversary CEMUS started an online and Uppsala based Café com Paulo Freire series, inspired by the international concept with the same name and convened by Azril Bacal and Daniel Mossberg. Read more here:

From October 2023 we are back with Café com Paulo Freire as a recorded podcast where you can join us live in studio here in CEMUS Library or online, or listen when you want to!

Azril Bacal is CEMUS affiliate with a lifetime of experience and knowledge Paulo Freire, education, research and activism.

Daniel Mossberg is lead outreach coordinator at CEMUS with a wide range of firsthand experience of student-led education, universities work for and against sustainability and conversations on existential issues, big and small.