Author Archives: Ariadne

World Poetry Celebrates Trish Hopkinson from Utah!


Ariadne’s News! A wonderful World Poetry Café radio show with two great guests on October 19, 1-2 pm PST. First up: Trish Hopkinson with advice on contests, tips for youth poets and how her popular blog came into being.  She answered a poet’s question about spending around $500 dollars total on submissions fees and did not receive any acknowledgement from any of them. We hope to have Trish back again! A must hear show below:








Trish Hopkinson has always loved words in fact, her mother tells everyone she was born with a pen in her hand. A Pushcart nominated poet, she is author of three chapbooks and has been published in several anthologies and journals, including Stirring, Pretty Owl Poetry, and The Penn Review. She is a product director by profession and resides in Utah with her handsome husband and their two outstanding children. You can follow Hopkinson on her blog where she shares information on how to write, publish, and participate in the greater poetry community at  Tips for publishing , contests and more! 

A Way In

for Amiri Baraka


As involved and still

as looking inward. Loudly

closing all the shutters at once.

Evening: sarcasm blocks

my window view

of the garden. Scarcities

of light. The shadows. The

irregular flickers. Like old

flashbulbs on the red carpet, cold

and electric. There is no silence,

John Cage says . . . Just the tones

of nervous system operation

& blood circulation.

My throat wants to shout

out at this tangible reality.

Although, (standing upright in thin

atmosphere from shut windows; all

the answers falling to the floor,

till your feet are bruised & knee deep in)

Although, sunlight will edge between cracks

& in warm strips of faith, of truth.

There are glorious murals of lilies

on the wainscot

in the dollhouse. The dolls

sit still all day. In blue

dawn & morning dew.

Church bells, like the good

book in the nightstand, anchored in the drawer.

The lamb and the crucifix, a vision

with an ending.


I am satisfied. Pausing

in this moment, staying still,

waiting to pass this old age, the

mortal pain of body; sloughed off . . .

Like newborn field mice;

shivering in the nest,

until the unknowing

boot heel crushes their bones.

Use up the ugly

expanses, with full lungs

primed. Harmless lift

of human dreams. A prophet’s


Crumpling into the dirt, worms

writhing on lips. Wood

and hinges sealing the box.

Awakened. Convoluted

and looking inward. I evaporate

 (This is the first poem in my recently published chapbook Footnote)

Trish Hopkinson (C)

World Poetry Celebrates Rebecca Papucaru From Quebec!

Ariadne’s Notes: A wonderful interview with the talented Rebecca Papucaru on October 12th at 1:35 PM, PST on the World Poetry Café, CFRO, 100.5 FM . Featuring her new book, The Panic Room, by Nightwood Editions (Harbour Publishing, with thanks to Nathaniel Moore, publicist for his good work.   She paints pictures with words and gives each reader something to relate to.





Rebecca Papucaru   Author of the new book, the Panic Room, Harbour Publishing.  She is preoccupied with the complexities of identity and selfhood, memory, embodiment, loss, and family, Rebecca Papucaru carefully examines details that make up one’s lived experience.


“Lobster Dinner” describes a happy childhood memory of eating an entire lobster with an admiring father as her audience. “Take It or Leave It” is the casual and quotidian, yet heartbreaking, failure of a daughter and her mother to find an emotional connection during an art gallery outing. “Your Women Are Beautiful” betrays the dreamy excitement of travelling in an unfamiliar place, juxtaposed with the blunt reality of arriving home again.

The Panic Room is about the giants that loom over us, too. A second-generation Eastern European Jewish immigrant, Papucaru attempts to grapple with connecting with her family’s past as well as the distinct feeling of being disconnected. In “On Watching an Eastern Bloc Comedy” she writes, “I’m one generation apart from all this, / and ashamed. Of my father, before his / refrigerator, mourning age spots on lettuce.”

Papucaru offers unabashed honesty: the sort of reflections you’d only tell your dearest friend.

Rebecca Papucaru’s work has appeared in journals such as The Antigonish Review, PRISM international, The Malahat Review, The Dalhousie Review and Event. She has been anthologized in I Found it at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica Editions, 2014) and Best Canadian Poetry in English (2010). She lives in Sherbrooke, QC.



World Poetry Celebrates Cornelia Hoogland from Hornby Island!







Ariadne’s Notes:  The World Poetry Café was honoured to  welcome the talented Cornelia Hoogland  with her new book Trailer Park Elegy (Harbour, 2017, Nightwood Editions)  on October 12, CFRO, 100.5 FM or listen live at 1:10 pm , PST in archives at www.

A fascinating interview about  death and loss which touches us all. Trailer Park Elegy is a moving tribute to her brother. The interview also mentioned how hard it is to spend time with those we love due to the busyness of everyday life.  Adding to the book is the flavor of the Gulf Islands including the specialness of island living in BC, Canada. A book well worth reading!

Ariadne Sawyer, MA, CC, reviewer, co-founder and host of The World Poetry Reading Series, World Poetry Cafe Radio Show and World Poetry Canada International; specializes in creativity and Peak Performance Training with a focus on helping people to empower and believe in themselves (especially the youth of the world) to be the best they can be.


Listen to the show !

Cornelia Hoogland

Author of various books and  professor emeritus at the University of Western Ontario. She writes and lives on Hornby Island, B.C, Canada.


 Her new book: Trailer Park Elegy (Harbour, 2017).

Sea Level (Baseline Press, 2013) finalist for the 2012 CBC Literary Nonfiction awards Woods Wolf Girl (Wolsak and Wynn, 2011) 2012 finalist Relit Best Book of Canadian Poetry.Crow (Black Moss Press, 2011) 2012 long list Relit Best Book of Canadian Poetry                              


Twitter @CHoogland