World Poetry Celebrates Dee Hobsbawn-Smith!

Ariadne’s Notes: On April 20, 2017, 1PM on CFRO, 100.5 FM, the World Poetry Café welcomed the multitalented and powerful poetess, Dee Hobsbawn-Smith, retired chief and sustainable food advocate. Her words of advise and wisdom about food, cooking and poetry were absolutely empowering to all the listeners. She will be on tour in the coming months, including in B.C.  For a list of her tour dates: www.deehobsbawnsmith.com

Thanks to the World Poetry café Team of Ariadne Sawyer, producer and host, Anita Aguirre Nieveras , super engineer, Victor Schwartzman  special volunteer Sharon Rowe and volunteer Willow the dog. Music by Anthony Prosk (Gulf Island Suite)   and Don Amero (CD, Refined)

A must hear show for the planet : CLICK HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Shelley Banks.

dee hobsbawn-smith’s poetry, essays, fiction and journalism has appeared in newspapers, websites, magazines, anthologies and literary journals in Canada, the USA and Scotland, including Grain, Gastronomica: The Journal of Culture and Food, The Malahat Reiview, Prairie Fire, The Antigonish Review, Vallum, CV2, Freefall and others. In 2015-16, she served as the Saskatoon Public Library’s 35th Writer in Residence. A retired chef and ex-restaurateur, she lives west of Saskatoon and earned her MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan. She has published seven books. Foodshed: An Edible Albert Alphabet (Touchwood, 2012) won three international awards for its unflinching examination of the politics and challenges of small-scale sustainable food production. Her first collection of poetry, Wildness Rushing In (Hagios, 2014) was a finalist for Book of the Year and Best Poetry Collection at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. It was followed by her first short fiction collection, What Can’t Be Undone (Thistledown, 2015.) At present, she is working on her debut novel, an essay collection, and new poetry. Most recently, she has contributed to the SK poetry anthology, Line Dance (Burton Books, 2016), edited by Gerald Hill, and was part of a contingent of Canadian poets who read at The Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. www.deehobsbawnsmith.com

 

Red cedar

thirty years of your brother’s life

hanging in a cedar-lined closet under the back stairs.

~ Judith Krause, “A History of Shirts” from Mongrel Love

 

The cedar chest came from Lebanon, a gift.

In one corner, tiny clothes

I sewed for my sons.

 

Childhood never wears out.

It travels with me, that time. Before

I came to poetry, I lived it –  

 

swung high swoops on redwood swings,

small sons on lap, leaped

like a leopard over fire hydrants at their urging.

 

In the chest, purple fleece vests outgrown

before the seams could strain or fade,

jesters’ hats, laid aside when they outgrew magic.

 

I wear their vests and hats now on my morning walks,

wrap myself in my sons’  childhood,

red cedar days that never wear out.

Dee Hobsbawn-Smith (C) From her radio show published poems. All rights reserved by author.

World Poetry Celebrates Herb W. Bryce from Canada!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café on April 13, 1-2 pm, CFRO 100.5 FM was honoured to present the talented and unique featured poet Herb W. Bryce featuring his new book :

Chasing a Butterfly – A journey of love and loss to acceptance,” a book of poetry arising from his decade as care giver to his Alzheimer’s wife.  Also discussed were tips and advice about Alzheimer and caregiving. http://www.alzheimer.ca/bc

The show was dedicated in loving memory to David Campagna  the soulmate and husband of poetess and artist Carolyn Mary Kleefeld with two poems read from her Book, The Divine Kiss, an Exhibition of Paintings and Poems in honor of David Campagna.

The World Poetry Café Team: Ariadne Sawyer, host and producer, Elaine Woo, co-host, Victor Schwartzman , super engineer, Sharon Rowe, special volunteer and doggie sitter for  Willow, Victor’s  dog and part of the team.

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 Herb W. Bryce is a former journalist and newspaper editor, book editor and teacher. He has been a traveler (kidnapped and robbed), and has worked as a courier and a farm hand. His writings have appeared in anthologies in the United States, in British Columbia, Canada, in the “Fifty-five Plus” annual directory, “Today’s Senior Magazine,” and “Bryce’s Blog for Seniors.” His work is also in several local anthologies.

He was recently the featured writer in the Royal City’s Word Play at Work magazine:

https://issuu.com/rclas/docs/february_2017_rclas_ezine

Previous features, and comic strips, have appeared in “The Daily Mirror Book for Boys,” and “…for Girls,” in London, England, where he worked as a book editor. He also plied his journalistic skills with a daily newspaper in Worthing, England.

Previously, in Canada, he worked at various newspapers in his home province of Saskatchewan, and  at The Globe and Mail. Upon his return from his travels in Spain, Portugal, North Africa, the Middle East, etc., he signed on with The Hamilton Spectator.

He has a degree in English and Journalism from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, as well as teacher’s certification from the University of Alberta.

Mr. Bryce, author of “Ann – A Tribute,” and “Chasing a Butterfly – A journey of love and loss to acceptance,” a book of poetry arising from his decade as care giver to his Alzheimer’s wife, writes from is home in Maple ridge, British Columbia, Canada.

LUCKY ONE

Oh, I have been the lucky one

To have lived and learned with her,

For always it was she,

The happy, doing one,

The giving, caring soul.

Our life has been,

Since those giddy, happy times,

A story of adventure,

One of give and take

And always and for ‘ever,’

Love for each and other’s sake.

How lucky to have met her,

How marvelous she cared.

Forever will I wonder

Why it was she dared

To have belief in me.

But whatever was the mystery,

Always I will cherish

The faith that both we shared

Through our lifelong span together—

So happy we were paired.

And I am not complaining,

Indeed I’m giving thanks,

For what I’ve gained from what she gave

Would enrich, I think, all of Britain’s banks.

And now when she is fading,

And I reflect upon our past,

I see the longer shadow,

The one that she has cast.

Herb W. Bryce (C) All rights reserved by the author.

 

 

 

World Poetry Celebrates Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon’s New Book!

 

 “There is no better Joy than finding someone you love and be loved in return. Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon’s Apeke and other poems is a book of poetry filled with expression of love in multifaceted lyrical views.

It is a heartfelt series of poems about the universal quest for love, the pain of relationships and the need for family. This book gives a profound look into the mind of the poet, laying bare the raw scars on the soul.

Published by Muse for Peace Foundation Press

Foreword: Mutiu Olawuyi

 

Available @ https://www.createspace.com/6927722?ref=1147694&utm_id=6026

                    https://www.amazon.com/Apeke-Other-Poems-Rhytm-Love/dp/1543062571

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APEKE XIII

Apeke; what is life?

Life is the song in these broken lines

It is the verses on your sweet smiles

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It is the striking chord

On the surface of your skin

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      Y

 

It is the throne/tune in your heart…

 

Life is a coin

It is Love and Hate

Pain and Gain

Smile and Sorrow

Success and Failure;

It is the Cloud on broken faces

The Sun of romantic lovers,

It is life and Death!

 

Life is two hearts as one

Life is You and I

Life is our love

We are the life!

 

Biography:

Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon (TGO) is an international multi award winner – Awarded the World Poetry Ambassador to Nigeria {Canada} 2013, nominated as Inspirational Poet of the Year by World Friendship Celebration (Pentasi B) Philippines 2013, Won the Write Share Be Read Second International Poetry Competition with his poem REMEMBER O’YE GODS and published in first Female online magazine, United Kingdom 2013, placed in the top ten of the Rabindranath Tagore Award – International English Poetry Competition (India) 2014. Awarded the World Poetry Cultural Youth Peace Ambassador 2014, Awarded Creative Writers Association of Nigeria Poetry Literary Award 2014, ranked third in Anchors Bible competition 2014, Appointed Director of World Poetry Movement (Mexico) 2015, nominated for El-Hibri Foundation Peace Education Prize 2015, Received Pentasi B universal poet of the year (Ghana) 2016, Appointed Director of Writers Capital International Foundation (India) 2016, Honorary mentioned at Sezione Stranieri award 2016, Received “Best Poet on Campus’ at the Campus Mega Award 2016. His works have been featured in poetry anthologies, journals, and magazines both in print and online. He is the Chairman/President of Muse for Peace Foundation a nonprofit organization established towards building peaceful relationship among people of all ages, culture and races; starting from individual to the global communities through Arts, Education, and humanitarian services and the brain behind Muse for World Peace Anthology. He is the author of “Call for Retreat” 2013″