Ariadne’s Notes: Exciting new show World Poetry Café radio show, July 12, 1-2 pm PST with a fascinating double billing of Melanie Simms an award winning poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at 1:10 pm PST, and featured at 1:30 pm PST the talented poet Ahmad Al-Khatat who was born in Baghdad. It is wonderful to have such youth poets, the guiding lights of the future. Canada is proud of them.
Team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA and Dr. Diego Bastinutti, hosting. Victor Swartzman sound engineer, Sharon Rowe, special volunteer. The show included a beautiful e-poem dedicated with permission to Osiris Munir from a powerful e-poet from Kenya, Alexander Nderitu. He is a Kenyan novelist and poet. In 2014, BBC Scotland picked his poem ‘Someone in Africa Loves You’ to represent Kenyan literature at the Commonwealth Games. His official website is www.AlexanderNderitu.com Also included were segments by Jeanne Probst , Sharon Rowe and Victor Schwartzman with his new satirical book.
What an honour to have such wonderful guests on the show
Featured poet Ahmad Al-Khatat was born in Baghdad. From Iraq, he came to Canada at the age of10, the same age when he wrote his very first poem back in the year 2000. He also has been published in several press publications and anthologies all over the world and currently studies Political Sciences, at the Concordia University in Montreal. He has recently published his first chapbook “The Bleeding Heart Poet” with Alien Buddha Press. He has recently published his first chapbook “The Bleeding Heart Poet” with Alien Buddha Press. It is available for sale on Amazon. Most of his new and old poems are also available on his official page Bleeding Heart Poet on FB.
Here is his first written poem in Arabic:
سلامي سلامي إليك يا وطني سلامي من الأهل وإلى الأهل سلامي بروحي فديت ديني و سلامي و دعوت إلى الحب و السلام و ما كانت صلاتي الا لربي وسلامي تحياتي إلى وطني شهيد وسلامي و سيبقى الوطن مرفوع و سلامي و سأعود إليه بلهفة و سلام و أزور قبرك المُرفرفة عليه حمامات السلام سلامي سلامي الى وطني .مذبوح السلام
Send My Salutations
My salutations to you, my country;
I’m sending my salutes.
From my family and to my family
I send my special salutations.
ّI sacrifice my soul for my religion,
and I send my greetings.
I used to pray for love and peace.
My prayers are to none but my God,
and I send my salutations.
My greetings to my homeland,
the martyr, and I send my salutations.
My country’s status will stay elevated,
and to it I send my salutes.
To my homeland I will return eagerly and in peace.
I will visit its grave;
Fluttering over it will be the pigeons of peace.
To my country, whose peace’s been slaughtered,
I send my salutations.
*Ahmad Al-Khatat (C) All rights reserved by the author.*
Exciting new show World Poetry Café radio show, July 12, 1-2 pm PST with a fascinating double billing of Melanie Simms an award winning poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a former Perry County Poet Laureate of PA on the show also featured was the talented poet Ahmad Al-Khatat who was born in Baghdad. Team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA and Dr. Diego Bastinutti, hosting. Victor Swartzman sound engineer, Sharon Rowe, special volunteer. The show included a beautiful e-poem dedicated with permission to Osiris Munir from a powerful e-poet from Kenya, Alexander Nderitu. He is a Kenyan novelist and poet. In 2014, BBC Scotland picked his poem ‘Someone in Africa Loves You’ to represent Kenyan literature at the Commonwealth Games. . His official website is www.AlexanderNderitu.com It was such an honor to talk to Melanie again and to meet Ahmad Al-Katat and listen to his poetry in Arabic and English.
Melanie Simms is an award winning poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a former Perry County Poet Laureate of PA .She is the author of two books of poetry, Waking the Muse (Outskirts Press), Remember the Sun (Sunbury Press)
Her new book Life Signs and Fortune Cookies will be released shortly from Sunbury Press as well. To pre-order: contact her publisher at lknorr@sunburypress,com (Sunbury Press)
She has two new books upcoming, Journeys through the Aesculapia, (a book of poetry about medicine and the experience of healing) and her first science fiction book, Alien Prophecy is currently underway. You can visit Melanie’s website at poetmelaniesimms.wordpress.com
(for Dr. Wazir, Geisinger Oral Surgery)
I opened my neck
Bared the wounds of my life,
As your scissors
Cut me free.
It was a necessary surgery,
Yet as you snipped,
Stitch by stitch
Switchblades and murders,
Mafia and threats from beasts of the night
Hovering at my bedside
To devour me.
I even feared
You might be one of those rogue doctors
Killing patients on rounds.
A bible lay at the bottom of my bed
Trying to remind me of a long, lost god,
But through your kindness, I found salvation.
You rescued me
Healed me with your modern amulets and medical wisdoms,
Sent the demons back to Hades,
And brought me to the light
Like a priest on Sunday morning,
Inviting me to drink
From the wine of life
Melanie Simms (C) All rights reserved by the author.
Ariadne’s Notes. On July 5, 1:10 PM PST, The World Poetry Café Radio Show, CFRO 100.5 FM welcomed poet, author, publicist and owner of moorehype.com , Nathaniel Moore, with his new book Goodbye Horses. Nathaniel answered a question from a young writer in Nunavut with some helpful ideas for Indigenous authors and offering additional help to him which was greatly appreciated.
Also featuring a new book was a celebratory book launch of Little Wild by poet on tour Curtis LeBlanc. Poems from the book were read from the new book by Ariadne Sawyer, Co-host and producer and super tech Victor Schwartzman .
We celebrated our 20th year on the air with two new segments, a new weekly inspiring poem by Jeanne Probst and the first poem about the Lincoln Poetry Club with coordinator Alan Lowe. Next week, we will read the first award winning poem from the Lincoln Club for 2017!
A warm welcome to Phuntsho Wangchuk from Bhutan for his moving and profound E-poem, I Can See a Jewel in Her Eyes read by Victor Swartzman. Thanks always to super volunteer Sharon Rowe.
Wonderful music by Andy Vine, I will go down to the sea again based on a poem by John Mansfield and the amazing Randell Stephen Hall with his song, Dying to Live from his CD Re-Wired and Random. Victor Swartzman also introduced his new book.
Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of seven books including Savage, winner of the 2014 ReLit Award for Best Novel. His poetry and fiction have appeared in literary magazines across Canada and the US. Born and raised in Toronto, Moore currently lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick with his wife and daughter.
He says: “I know what its like to be a first-time author – as an author myself – it’s not an easy terrain to navigate for the first, second or even the third time. I have learned to anticipate the highs and lows of any situation, to pay close attention to details both big and small, and to maintain a strong commitment to quality, creativity, and public satisfaction.
My diverse experiences with several creative arts organizations has allowed me to grow into a mature and versatile individual who has the capacity to work in a variety of environments; from demanding office situations, to putting together a book launch, finding a sponsor for a festival, writing compelling press releases to the more vigorous positions in the field of publishing.
Being able to connect to the ever-changing world of publishing. I’m pleased with my life right now, growing as a parent, human being, and artist. I’m so grateful I’m able to spend my days promoting books.
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Curtis LeBlanc was born and raised in St. Albert, Alberta. He currently lives in Vancouver, BC. His first book-length collection of poetry, Little Wild, was published by Nightwood Editions in Spring of 2018. His poetry chapbook Good for Nothing was published by Anstruther Press in 2017. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.
His work has been shortlisted for the Walrus Poetry Prize, received the Readers’ Choice Award in the Arc Poem of the Year Contest, an Honourable Mention in the Margaret Reid Poetry Contest and was twice shortlisted for CV2‘s Young Buck Poetry Prize. His writing has appeared in a number of journals, recently in The Malahat Review, CV2, Sustenance Anthology (Anvil Press), Eighteen Bridges, Prairie Fire, EVENT, Geist and Arc. He is currently working on his first novel.
He’s also Managing Editor of Rahila’s Ghost Press, co-host of Tonic Reading Series and an occasional hockey columnist for NHL Numbers. He served as Executive Editor of Promotions at PRISM international in 2016-2017.