World Poetry Proudly Presents Sharon Rowe from Canada!

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Ariadne’s Notes:
We are so proud to present the wonderful short story author, the specially abled Sharon Rowe with her first book. Her recent launch at the Surrey Centre Library in Surrey, BC, Canada had 55 people attending and World Poets, Anita Aguirre Nieveras , Selene Bertelsen and Peter Lojewski, came to read her funny and imaginative stories featuring Big Bessie the amazing HandyDART! Great thanks to Linda at Surrey Centre, the Readability class and the Rick Hansen Foundation for their kindness and support!

From napkins to floppy disks to flash, CD and now a book. Big Bessie lives!
Sharon is so excited a dream come true!
Thanks to the team who helped create this book with so much work and love.
Heidi Mueller, Kwame Yirenkyi  and all the others!

You can find her book  by clicking on The Big Bessie Stories link :

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World Poetry Proudly Presents Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom From Nigeria!

Ariadne’s Notes: We are honoured to welcome yet another talented African poet and writer  Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom.We have over 100 waiting to be on this site so I am trying to post a new feature every two days.


Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom was born in the early ’90s in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, Nigeria. As a child, Kolade fell in love with African literature. This inspired his passion for creative writing. His literary works have appeared in such diverse publications as global charity anthologies, magazines, websites and blogs. In 2013 Freedom was selected as a Pentasi B. World Featured Inspirational Poet, an international honor based in the Philippines. He is also the winner of the first edition of UK’s Write, Share, Be Read Poetry Competition-Category A as well as an awardee of the Janet P. Caldwell’s Essay Contest, underwritten by Inner Child Press (USA). Kolade has authored two poetry collections, My First Poetry Book and The Light Bearer. He currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria where he weaves words to educate and entertain his readers.

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Beastly Death.

O’ beastly death!
Your mouth like the shark’s
Cannot devour us all at once
Lest it be ripped apart
For wooing covetousness.

O’ worrisome death!
You scrape our fine bodies
With your beastly claws
To warn us of mortality
Of what essence is this?
Weary of being cheated?

O’ peevish death!
You’re the god of cowardice
Idolized by the fearful Jeered by the fearless.

O’ senseless death!
Have you divorced your mind?
Even if your tongue is lost
In the Atlantic
Your thirst will still suffer you.

O’ dying death!
You are ageless but dying.
Who will you consume last
If not your mortally immortal self?

Kolade Olanrewaju Freedom ©

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World Poetry Proudly Presents Laura Kelsey from Canada!

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Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Jaz Gill welcomed the well known musician and poet Laura Kelsey to the radio show, January 21, CFRO 101.FM. Also included in the show was a special dedication to Lini Grol, who is now 101 and continues to write and share her wisdom. The show covered a wide variety of subjects and music, including where the creative voice comes from. CLICK HERE to listen!

Laura Kelsey: Young and primal; an ego of conciousness; a spirit in tune with the moon. Religion, psychology and even science has suggested there are three main aspects to a human’s self. If it’s true, where does the voice reside? Where is fear and feeling? Laura is exploring the different aspects of being in Cycles, Energy & Art, a book-length project paired with music. Also touching on A Shadow and Going Over the Branches, she ventures into Hell and the Dreamworld and invites you to come along.

 Friday, January 30th IMU presents FREEFLOW, RETURN OF THE STERN & DISPELL @ The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir . Show 9:30pm / $10 cover

FREEFLOW – Combining dynamic, rhythm-fused soul with funk, reggae, rock and electronica, Freeflow creates something that’s wholly original — music for and of the people. Their electrifying live shows deliver ass-shakin’ grooves that have turned many a sold out crowd into frenzied disciples while getting even the most jaded club hoppers jumping around.

RETURN OF THE STERN has been bringing their captivating, groove-based music around town for the past 4 years. Playing a combination of originals and covers, they’ve garnered attention for their honest, fresh and fun approach to funk-jazz.

DISPELL – Fronted by talented and enigmatic singer Laura Kelsey, Dispell blends jazz, funk and blues rock into original songs and selected covers. Featuring alumni of Stabilo, Sain Arden, Freeflow and others, they’ve played thousands of local shows, tours and festivals between them.

 Songs can be downloaded here


Pomegranates are Hard to Eat

One by one, like tiny red teeth
iridescent with white roots
planted in the sour meat of the fruit.
Bunched, clusters of salmon eggs
jelly surrounding the crunchy little bones
of the baby fish.

So much work,
you complain too much
but worth every moment
I add.
My scarlet-stained fingers have to peel
nails digging
juice sprayed across my face like blood.

What is that fruit’s carbon footprint?
so skeptical.
I throw it to the ground, skin imprinting earth.
About the size of a pomegranate

I reply.
You leave
I am left eating the seeds.

Laura Kelsey©

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World Poetry Presents The One and Only Bmaster from Gambia!


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World Poetry welcomes the incomparable musician and radio show host, the Bmaster, just back in the Gambia after a successful tour in England.He has created a beautiful Peace Song that we have played on the World Poetry Café Radio Show with great success. It is also a delight to listen to his radio show in Gambia.

Radio: Afri-radio 107.6FM

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The Bmaster has Supplied Beats for clients and recorded artist from, America, UK, Jamaica, Canada, Asia, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Austria and he has also recorded artist from almost every country in Africa. Producer of many different genres and blends of music including : Indie Hip Hop, Electronica, Alternative, Country, RnB, Metal, Chill-out, Gospel , Zouk, Niaja, Adult Contemporary, Reggae, Industrial and Folk Music. You name it and we can provide it. with an experience team working around the clock, you can be sure we will get the job done right.

Bolanle Ekanoye a.k.a BMaster is a multiple talented Gospel singer, songwriter, producer, sound engineer, Radio presenter, TV presenter, Drummer and Music Director. His unique blend of intimate session of praise worship, high class visuals, and his energetic style of ushering congregations into the presence of God is affecting lives worldwide. Bolanle (BMaster) leaves his audiences mesmerized both emotionally and spiritually. BMaster began his musical career at a very tender age, under the tutelage of his childhood friends Deejones and Samuel in a Gospel group called CD BOIZ (CHRIST DOMINATION BOIZ), as Gospel R&b,Soul And Rap Artist in 1996 at Abuja, Nigeria. His decision to become a gospel singer has to do with a close encounter with The man of God Bishop Macjones, when he began has an instrumentalist in the Church. He recounts that it was in this moment as he lay on his time, life and everything into the things of the spirit of God and being impacted with the word of God up till date, with his mother, sister and Brother encouraging him into the things that which God has impacted him to do, to deliver to the congregation of God’s children. it later looks as if he’s going nowhere, It seemed like an irresistible offer to God as immediately he entered into that covenant, his body began to regain strength and power to serve like never before. It was then that Bolanle ‘The Worshiper’ as he is popularly known as “BMaster” In rising to the pinnacle of achievements in Gospel music, his hall of fame is replete with these significant laurels,while he base in The Gambia and started recording Various Top Gambian artist and artist from America, UK, CANADA, JAMAICA, HOLLAND, GERMANY, SWEDEN, AUSTRIA e.t.c and he has also recorded artist from almost every country part of AFRICA AND ASIA : he organized his first Gospel concert in 2005 at Christ Embassy church in The Gambia were he worship as The Music director in congregation with most highly respected people of The Gambia with different choirs from other church denominations. from 1998 to 2010, he received numerous honors and accolades for his contribution to the gospel community in Gambia and Nigeria,His hit single song called “GOD OF WAR” Has really made an impact to the live of many,and the video also has a remarkable professional touch,and also a blessing to many. Added to that,his Gospel Album released in 2009 Tilled “SUCCESS IN YOU”, is another remarkable events that took place in Gambia,with an impact of the best G.S.M company,serving the songs for the public as a ring tone For Bolanle Ekanoye (BMaster), it is an honor and privilege to stand and lead God’s children in the art of spiritual intimacy. His ministry houses, the presence of God and where God’s heart is, His hand will be. Testimonies of healing and breakthrough follow him wherever he sets up to praise. He has performed in a number of churches and other African neighborhood countries. At the moment,from 2012 BMaster’s main task is to come up with Talents gospel programme, Gospel music concerts,seminars on praise and worship, improve the lives of those less privileged in Gambia and Africa and indeed other parts of the world. In this regard he has stepped up to set up a Ministries Charity Project,”MERCY AND GRACE MUSIC THE GAMBIA” therefore watch out for more updates with BMaster from The Gambia (West Africa)

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YOUTUBE: Bolanle Ekanoye

Radio: Afri-radio 107.6FM

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World Poetry Welcomes Alan Girling from Canada!

The World Poetry Café Radio with new co-host, graphic artist and youth team leader  Russell Dior, welcomed the well known poet and unique voice, Alan Girling back to radio for a fascinating show full of poetry and famed Yoshifuma Sakura’s World Poetry Theme Song  Circle of Blue! To hear the show: CLICK HERE!

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Alan Girling lives in Richmond, works in Vancouver, and writes in his head and in his heart. His work has appeared all over, in digital, in analog, in person, and once even in a shop window in Hamilton, Ontario. He was a finalist for the 2003 Larry Turner Award for non-fiction and winner of Vancouver Co-op Radio’s 2006 Community Dreams Poetry Contest. His short play, ‘Whatever Happened to Tom Dudkowski’ was produced for Vancouver’s Walking Fish Festival. Alan also has a new chapbook out. Cover Scan 001

A simple, spoken word
by alan girling

Sometimes a word,
a simple word,
a spoken word,
say, the word enjoy,
is said in just such a way,
that something new unfolds, unexpected,
as if the real, the signified,
had until that moment been
an unknown, alien quantity,
never before glimpsed,
too pure to access,
too large to be encompassed.

Enjoy, he said, to all the guests,
and I saw laid out the spread of the evening:
Enjoy, yes, enjoy the roast beef,
the wine, the conversation.
Enjoy the view of the lights in the harbour
and the clusters of expressionistic paintings on the wall.
Enjoy it all.

And I wondered then if I could enjoy,
that is, in the way
the mere speaking of it—enjoy,
made me feel the possibility of it—enjoy,
and I still wonder about it,
that very enjoyable evening now past,
if I ever will reach that realm
he told me was there,
if I ever will live
the cunningly simple way of words
as they may be spoken, felt
and touch through the voice,
my own voice,

Alan Girling ©

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 Ariadne, Allan and Russell in a selfie.


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