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 http://trishhopkinson.com/ 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.
and looking inward. I evaporate
(This is the first poem in my recently published chapbook Footnote)
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.
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. coopradio.org.
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.
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