photograph © Paulo Lobo, La face cachée des mots

Valid for all peoples, and for all landscapes. For all citizens and villagers of flesh and blood, wherever they 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.

Launched in Malta to a warm and highly participative audience on 30th December 2009, and since then in a number of cities in Europe, Asia and North America, PASSPORT is a poem of humanity, an open song of eroticism and friendship, yet at the same time, a lullaby for a long list of human rights crushed by the consequences of the discriminatory immigration policy of several governments. It is the lament of thousands of brothers and sisters, of flesh and blood, ever more frequently forced to suffer the absurdities and atrocities brought about by the static notion of nation state.

Passport is an 'anti-passport', valid for all peoples and for all landscapes. 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.

The Passport booklet is currently available in 9 languages, and in 3 colours. Donations from the sale of the Passport are passed on to local grassroots associations and collectives that provide assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in 11 countries.

You can read more extracts from the Passport poem in the slideshow below.