Ariadne’s Notes: On October , 8 2018, an exciting guest called into the World Poetry Café Radio Show at 1:10 PM PST. Ayn Inserto shared with us her new CD Down A Rabbit Hole available from Summit Records; a musical adventure with songs that took us on a journey into an imaginary world of sounds. Hosts Dr. Diego Bastinutti , Ariadne Sawyer , super tech Victor Schwartzman, special volunteer Sharon Rowe and regular correspondent Jeanne Probst completed the World Poetry Team. We would like to thank Braitwaite and Katz for sending this great composer and musician.
Ayn Inserto is a groundbreaking composer who is emerging as one of the preeminent voices of her generation. She received her Masters of Music degree in Jazz Composition from the New England Conservatory in May 2001. She is a winner of the 2007 IAJE/ASCAP Emerging Composer Commission honoring Frank Foster, the 2003/04 and 2005/06 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers’ Awards and has received various honors which include the Concord Pavilion Associates Marian McPartland Award, the Pacific Coast Jazz Festival Most Outstanding small jazz ensemble, and the 1999 Best Original Composition award at the Billy Higgins Jazz Festival. She was picked by Bob Brookmeyer to study jazz composition as his protégé. Listen to her work at http://ayninserto.com/
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café CFRO, 100.5 FM, featured a new book by Jenna Lynn Albert with her new book Bec & Call published by Nightwood Editions on November 1-2 pm PST. Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Diego Bastinutti , super tech Victor Swartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe. Also featured was a good news update on Rahmat Haidari and a story by Sharon Rowe.
The second guest , Ayn Inserto called in from the US at 1:30 pm PST with her brand new CD The Rabbit Hole which will be the next feature.
Jenna Lyn Albert is a poet, cat enthusiast, and proud acadienne. A graduate of the University of New Brunswick’s Creative Writing program, her poetry has appeared in The Malahat Review, The Puritan, Riddle Fence,The Antigonish Review, The Temz Review and CV2. Albert lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, where she is a member of The Fiddlehead’s editorial board and a first reader for Goose Lane Editions’ Icehouse poetry imprint. Her debut collection of poetry, Bec& Call, is out now with Nightwood Editions.
The dinner plate is white and square like the fancy ones from restaurants, the tablecloth white and oval and even. There’s a small salad fork to my left and my sister’s place is set the same, tiny utensils for two petite minettes with bon appetites, each of us eyeing the up-cycled jam jars of racinette that we can’t drink until O Captain! My Captain! has his food served to him, our supper following tout de suite. Here we’re given cloth napkins, not paper, and I hate using them because they are white and clean and folded. Pépère made our meal tonight: seafood, his specialty, the potatoes and fish dish all white, cut into bite-sized pieces that barely stand apart from the dishes they are heaped on. My sister and I eat the white meat and starch, les poissons, les poissons, hee hee hee, haw haw haw but Pépère gets the last laugh, smile all gums, dentures waggling, he asks how we like our cod tongue and cheek. Mid-mastication, we pause. Pardonne- moi? He swish-swishes his teeth back to their proper position, says nothing. A muffled retch comes from my sister, running for the salle de bain faster than Mémère can Ostie d’calvaire, Claude, and there’s tongue in my cheek and cheeks on my tongue and it’s not long before I’m kneeling with my sister over the toilet, the tile not nearly as comfy as the prie-dieux at church.
Ariadne’s Notes: We are honoured to present the Chinese Poet Yuan Hongri with three poems in English and Chinese and are delighted to feature him once again. Also greetings to all our Chinese poets and writer’s in the world.
Bio: Hongri Yuan, born in China in 1962, is a poet and philosopher interested particularly in creation. Representative works include Platinum City, Gold City, Golden Paradise , Gold Sun and Golden Giant. His poetry has been published in the UK, USA ,India ,New Zealand, Canada and Nigeria.
Three Poems By Chinese Poet Yuan Hongri Translated by Manu Mangattu
The Golden Cane of Yore
Truth is beauty, true! Though it belongs only to the eyes of the soul. The world is but a stratified phantom city. As me of yesterday smile at me of today You reach instantly the garden beyond time When your body is empty, as joyful as the diamonds, And the universe is your biography, of past and future, Sitting in the outer temple, that imperatorial king shall give you A primeval cane of gold that makes rivers fragrant. 10.10.2017
Each day is a dreamland; Have you seen my golden palace in heaven? Many an interstellar kingdom twinkle within that little room of stone. The music of giant is honey for the soul, that gives you wings of light; Yet you are surprised as if time had never passed, When the one armored in diamond escort you out of the world. 8.6.2017
The prehistoric days I miss. There is sweetness in my body. The heaven and the earth are but shadows. Nay! It isn’t the sun that illuminates things; My soul has great many eyes That make tomorrow as transparent as yesterday. Above the vault of heaven there exist Great many giant cities of joy, And each giant seems like another one of my own, Dissolving my loneliness and sadness. However, every death is a sunrise That makes the oblivion of night bloom the asagumoes, The fragrant face of the golden rainbow Which makes the heavens fully drunk. 9.28.2017