Under the sponsorship of Chinese Poets Association and the co-sponsorship of United Poets Laureate International, World Poetry Society International World Poetry Society Intercontinental, Board of Editors on International Who’s Who in Poetry and world Poets’ Resource Center, the 2nd WCP was held in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China November 11-17, 1973, at which Dr. Tin-wen Chung was the President.  The Congress was attended by over 300 eminent poets from 43 countries and supported by poets and poetry societies from all over the world. 

 

Preceded by a grand opening ceremony in Taipei City Hall with about 1,000 participants and guests the Congress was inaugurated on November 12, the birth date of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, founding father of the Republic.  Most sessions of the Congress took place at the Grand Hotel. 

 

Messages from most parts of the world showered upon the Congress.  On behalf of the host country, President Chiang Kai-shek graciously encouraged poets to do their best to live up to “the aims of this Congress”.  Two religious leaders Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Leronymos sent the Congress their best wishes.  President Joaquin Balaquer of Dominica issued a proclamation to back the WCP objectives be announcing that October 21, the birthday of the poetess Salome Urena shall be Poets’ Day of his country.  Prince Abdullah Al Faisel Al Saud of Saudi Arabia donated 6 precious gifts to be served as prizes of the Congress. 

 

 The topics discussed in the Congress were (1) Poetry and Music, (2) Poetry and Painting, (3) Poetry and Life.  Each on them commented with a keynote speech given by an eminent scholar in his field. 

 

In response to the requests from the poets all over the world, the Taipei Congress set up the Charter of World Congress of Poets, making the WCP an independent organization.  Since the charter was approved by Dr. Tin-wen Chung, Dr. Amado M. Yuzon, Dr. Krishna Srinivas and Dr. Lou LuTour by virtue of the po9wer vested in them from the Congress, the four were recognized as the Founders of WCP. 

 

Two resolutions were passed by the Congress. One was to accept the invitation from Governor of Maryland and Mayor of Baltimore to have the 3rd WCP held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA in 1976in the auspicious year of USA Bicentennial.   The other was a strong advocacy of worldwide brotherhood and peace by opposing military aggression anywhere in the world. 

 

The Congress ended with a highlight by awarding plaques, prizes and laureate wreaths to the deserved.    It was followed loud cheers “Baltimore! 1976!.” a two-day post-congress tour began and a 206-page proceedings was published shortly afterward.