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World Poetry Celebrates Pasquale Verdicchio!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe radio show, 100.5 FM on October 24 from 1-2 pm PST had a fascinating show with star co-host Diego Bastinutti and the amazing Victor Schwartzman tech engineer. Calling in at 1:10 pm PST from Italy  was Pasquale Verdicchio  who is teaching for University of California , San Diego program on poetry and walking. A good portion of the show was in Italian, a special treat for our Italian listeners. It was great to understand part of it since it has some similarities to Spanish. Part of it was how it is to have roots in various countries. Also he read his lovely poetry and talked about the art of translating which is a talent that he shares with Diego Bastinutti and Tommy Tao as they try to be part of the character of  poet who wrote the poem translated. 

Second caller was the incomparable Nancy Braithwaite, clarinets  and world renowned musician who was calling in from the Netherlands about a new CD Onions in Paradise composed by Edith Hemingway who is in her nineties  and will be featured next.

Peaceathon Poems by Krishnasankar Acharjee, India, Richard Doiron, Canada  and the next installment of the long Peace activist poem Davy Fidel, Nigeria. Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Diego Bastianutti, Tech Victor Schwartzman, special volunteer Sharon Rowe with her new More Big Bessie Stories.

To listen to this special show , CLICK HERE!

 One of his many books: Devils In Paradise: Pasquale Verdicchio: 9781550710274 …http://Devils In Paradise: Pasquale Verdicchio: 9781550710274 … https://www.amazon.ca › Devils-Paradise-Pasquale-Verdicchio https://www.amazon.ca › Devils-Paradise-Pasquale-Verdicchio

Author and translator Pasquale Verdicchio emigrated from Italy to Vancouver, with his family, as a young teen. He has published in English the works of poets Giorgio Caproni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sergio Atzeni, Alda Merini, Andrea Zanzotto, and most recently Vivian Lamarque’s The Golden Man (Ekstasis Editions, 2016). His own poetry collections include The House is Past (Guernica, 2000) and This Nothing’s Place (Guernica, 2008). He teaches at the University of California, San Diego, and returns to British Columbia frequently.

Poem:

My children

whisper

sounds of blossoms

in my ear; blue skies.

clear seas,

baby’s breath,

the memories.

My children whisper

sounds of blossoms

By Pasquale Verdicchio  (C) All rights reserved.

The World Poetry Cafe Celebrates Two Movies & Poetry!

Ariadne’s Notes:

The World Poetry Café Radio Show on October, 17,  CFRO, 105 FM from 1-2 pm PST featured: Two movies opening in Vancouver Oct. 18,  BEFORE YOU KNOW IT and MONOS Vancouver Opening – October 18th, Van City Theatre. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Other features are coming.

Mini-reviews with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Victor Schwartzman due to time constraints.  

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE!

Before You Know It, the film will be released in Vancouver on Friday, October 18 at the Vancity Theatre. Unfortunately, I could not find a poster.

In this everchanging film, full of surprises, stage manager Rachel Gurner (Hannah Pearl Utt) still lives in her childhood apartment above the theater her family owns and operates in New York City. Level-headed Rachel is the only thing standing between her family — her off-kilter actress sister Jackie (Jen Tullock), her eccentric playwright father Mel (Mandy Patinkin), and her deadpan preteen niece Dodge (Oona Yaffe) — and utter chaos. Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, Rachel and Jackie learn their presumed-deceased mother (Judith Light) is not just alive but thriving as a soap-opera star. Also starring Mike Colter and Alec Baldwin. Directed By: Hannah Pearl Utt. Written By: Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock.

As Victor says: he loves a film from New York! 

MONOS, a fascinating film opening on Saturday, October 18, at Van City Theatre in Vancouver BC, Canada.

This powerful film shows the possibilities of mindsets and change.

MONOS, Alejandro Landes’ awe-inspiring third feature, is a breathtaking survivalist saga set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels — bearing names like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom — who keep watch over an American hostage, Doctora (Julianne Nicholson).

The teenage commandos perform military training exercises by day and indulge in youthful hedonism by night, an unconventional family bound together under a shadowy force known only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, both the mission and the intricate bonds between the group begin to disintegrate. Order descends into chaos and within MONOS the strong begin to prey on the weak in this vivid, cautionary fever dream.

With a rapturous score by Mica Levi (only her third, after UNDER THE SKIN and JACKIE), director Alejandro Landes examines the chaos and absurdity of war from the unique perspective of adolescence, recalling LORD OF THE FLIES and BEAU TRAVAIL in a way that feels wholly original. Landes brings together a diverse young cast of both seasoned professionals (including Hannah Montana’s Moisés Arias) and untrained neophytes and thrusts them into an unforgiving, irrational and often surreal environment where anything can happen — even peace. WRITTEN BY: Alejandro Landes, Alexis Dos Santos. DIRECTED BY: Alejandro Landes.SOURCE: TARO PR.

Peaceathon poets: Peace Poems by Amita J Sanghavi, WP Ambassador to Oman who is also working on our Peaceathon Kindle Book,  A Fragile Peace by Cesar Molina Consuegra, Montreal and time permitting , chapter 1, Peace by Davy Fidel , Nigeria, an official book launch for Rehana Daud  with her books: slithering Shadows  and Secrets of Moonlight are on Amazon and Kindle.

World Poetry Celebrates: Randall Stephan Hall!

 

Ariadne’s Notes: On October 10, calling in at 1:10 pm, PST, the incomparable Randall Stephen Hall from Ireland with a wonderful selection of poetry, music, and updates. There is a significant collection of songs and poetry uponSound Cloud/Randall Stephen Hall, Sound Cloud/Hugh Midden SpeakYouTube/ Randall Stephen Hall, two different channels. YouTube/Ragnall stiffen MacHalla. My songs are funny, sad or serious. Light and shade. Dappled light. 

 Also on the show with a worldwide birthday greeting for Davy Fidel  This is a new service for WP participants who have birthdays. Also, a new e-poem Search of Love, by Ram Mohan an artist and writer living in India who has been on the waitlist for a long time. Plus repeats of Peaceathon poets Vani Pradeep, Matilda Miraka, and Aida Roque from September 26th

LISTEN TO THE SHOW NOW RIGHT HERE!

http://www.coopradio.org/content/world-poetry-caf%C3%A9-60.

 

 Randall writes: I grew up in North Belfast at the height of the Troubles. Born 1957. I grew up beyond many people’s context there and neither of my parents was from Belfast. These two experiences collided and reverberated with more for all my years since then, shaping much of my art and outlook.

I met my wife Ann at The College of Art and Design in Belfast. She did Fine Art and Teaching while I did a degree in Graphic Design. At the time I was playing in a few local groups and later writing songs with two friends. Here’s an example from 1983. “The Bread Song”. https://soundcloud.com/randall-stephen-hall/the-bread-song-circa-1980

I left college in 1980 and got a job in a small ad agency. That winter John Lennon was shot. I remember the news on the radio. It seemed to link with the shift, change, and conflict in Northern Ireland.

Ann and I got married in 1983. We had two girls in 1985 and 1987. We now have two grandchildren of six and two. Both girls.

I worked in local advertising for six years until 1988 when I became a freelance illustrator. My work, for a time, came from Belfast, Dublin and Glasgow. This carried on until 1998 then my work began to change again. www.earthnativeart.co.uk

In 1996 I self-published a book called THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnN5HQe1Fvk The advertising work began to diminish and I began to receive invites to visit schools to tell this story. A steep learning curve ensued from then until now. (I’ll keep this brief).

During this time I began to create new stories, illustrated for projection and began to shape way of doing storytelling that involved, hand drum, voice, interactive singing, song, poetry, and a main story, lasting about an hour.

All this has evolved slowly in a very natural way over a period of about 20 years.

Around  2009 I began to write and record songs a bit more seriously again. Luckily a local DJ called Gerry Anderson (now sadly passed) found some of my funnier songs interesting and began to play them on the radio. So, in a period of about 9 months, I created my first CD of poems and songs, using local themes, of identity, peace, conflict etc but doing it in an accessible way, with the addition of humour.

Here’s one of the interviews from 2010/2011. https://soundcloud.com/randall-stephen-hall/gerry-anderso-interview-24-9

This development threw me back into playing live again after a long hiatus of some years . . .

So from then until now I’ve been writing songs and poems, creating art and eventually getting involved in a small business with Natasha, my eldest daughter which sells some of my little illustrated books, T-Shirts, Tea-Towels, cards and music, on the web and, up until recently at St. George’s Market in Belfast.

www.ruftyroohah.com

As you can see I am stimulated by our local heritage, sounds, languages and see the potential connections between them.”