Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show was honoured to be a partner once again with the Heart of The City Festival! For our special show, we re-visited the memories and history of Hogan’s Alley in Vancouver and featured the well known poet Ghai Aweida from the Thursday Club in the downtown eastside. Also e-poets Mamta Agarwal from India and Chinese poet, Chinese Poet Yuan Hongri, story by Sharon Rowe and Poetic News. Still in membership drive right now: Please become a donator or member by going to www.coopradio.org , clicking on membership at the top and contributing what you can. This will help us stay on the air.
Ghia Aweida is a Lebanese Canadian poet of Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese descent. She is a faithful member of Thursdays and is a self-published a number of chapbooks, a full-length poetry book, My Spiritual Journey and is published in several Thursdays anthologies, the latest anthology is From the Heart of It All.
The Heart of Art Like an artery pulsating in a world shun off waiting to feed and nourish the curious cells far away from it renewing energy at the centre of its lover, the centre of its city giving and taking of its experiences with another heart nearby, spreading its love of creation throughout the city into its suburbs with the newcomers with the citizens with other artists with one another with our hosts. The city returns its tired blood exhausted from old art through the veins of its existence to the heart of its creation purify its veins absorbing and emitting new ideas and drinking in fresh juices sprinkling particles of spunk further into the suburbs through the capillaries into the thumb arteries that hold the pen to write on the pages telling stories of life or the brush to paint upon the canvasses painting the stages of life and creating mural after mural filling studio and gallery walls further nourishing the heart willing to reach out and teach willing to help teach its young
renewing the city with every moment as sweet as the music playing as precious as the sage burning its scent awakening the senses in the days of its celebration. The heart beats still long after the festival dies down.
*Hope by Neamat Haidari. Hope for a better future*
Ariadne’s Notes: On October 11, 1-2 pm PST, we welcomed two important guests to the World Poetry Café Radio Show. Referrals from World Poetry Media Correspondent Melanie Simms. College professor and award winning poet Jerry Wimple share his thoughts on writing poetry and also mentioned that some of his students , when asked how they spent their vacations or weekends answered that they only stay home so that they can be safe. It is so sad that it is unsafe from them to go out except to go to school. It was a fascinating interview and is worth listening to. One of his poems is below.
Unfortunately, the publisher Laurence Knorr was not able to get through but we hope to welcome him at another time. Rounding out the show was an e-poem by Katherine Gordon from her upcoming book Caution, Deep Water and Creative Tips on Publishing from Creativity Rocks by Ariadne Sawyer.
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A Pennsylvania native, Jerry Wemple writes frequently about the people and places of the Susquehanna Valley region. His work includes three poetry collections: You Can See It from Here, selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Yusef Komunyakaa for the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, The Civil War in Baltimore, and most recently The Artemas Poems. He is co-editor of the anthology Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. His poetry and creative nonfiction work appear in numerous journals and anthologies, and have been published internationally in Ireland, Chile, Spain, and Germany.
Wemple, a Professor of English at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, is the recipient of several awards for writing and teaching including a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Word Journal chapbook prize. He received the Dean’s Salute to Excellence for his teaching and scholarship at Bloomsburg, the Bloomsburg University Institute for Culture and Society award for Outstanding Creative Work, and the Jack and Helen Evans Endowed Faculty Fellowship.
I. Back in the days when your grandfather’s father, maybe his father, was a young man down at the shore amusement piers or the scruffy city lots over near
the wrong side of town, they used to call them nickel rides: steel boxes jacking up and down, bucking around, make your back feel like it was worked over with crowbar,
your hips like they was smacked with a plank. Back in my day, word was out about those nickel rides on the Philly streets. I was in from the country, hard
down by the river and the woods, but even I knew what was what. Saw clear enough that one day while stretching my legs near the 30th Street station
waiting in between long-run trains, when the paddy wagon pulled up and four cops jumped out, jumped a man I hardly noticed, whacking him good with long sticks. I figured soon
enough that I needed to take a left, cross the street, head up another, act like never saw nothing, especially a side-vision glance of him being cuffed and dumped
in the back of the wagon for a nickel ride. That unit screech-lurching down the street like the driver wanted to bust the brakes and run out all the gas all at once.
II. First off, the war on drugs is a concept. There ain’t a war on drugs; there’s a war on people. All wars have casualties, atrocities. All wars have losers. Only some wars have winners. Tonight
I see Charm City up in flames. Orange tongues of fire taunt us from brick buildings. The old people say it’s just as it was back as the King riot, nearly fifty years ago. They say
the neighborhood ain’t changed much since those days. We had one good store. Now it’s burnt. Kids too young to remember Tupac let alone Reverend King dodge in and out of focus,
Jerry Wimple (C) All rights reserved by author.
Lawrence Knorr has been involved with book publishing for thirteen years. He founded Sunbury Press in 2004. He holds an MBA from Penn State University, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). Lawrence’s 30+ year career in information technology, as a programmer, analyst, project manager, CEO and Chief Information Officer has prepared him well for the “Age of Content” – the new era of eBooks, data integration, eCommerce and networks. Lawrence has taught business and project management courses for ten years, and is the author of eight books. He is also an award-winning digital artist. For a one-year term in 2013, Lawrence was the President of the MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association (MBPA). About Sunbury Press: “Sunbury Press, Inc., headquartered in Mechanicsburg, PA is a publisher of trade paperback, hard cover and digital books featuring established and emerging authors in many fiction and nonfiction categories. Sunbury’s books are sold through leading booksellers worldwidSunbury Press is a traditional publisher leveraging digital capabilities. We receive approximately 1000 proposals from authors and agents over the course of a year. We publish about 70 titles per year, a good number of them from our existing authors. Thus, our selection rate is about 5%. Our most successful categories have been history, biography, self-help, historical fiction, horror, police procedurals and mysteries. Our editing and design staff are employees of the company. When we invest in a manuscript with our time and money, our goal is to produce the best quality book possible while getting it to the market as quickly as possible. Our books are sold on all major bookseller websites and eBook platforms. Our best-selling titles are distributed to stores and libraries via Baker & Taylor and Ingram”
Ariadne’s Notes: A wonderful celebration for the Mid Autumn Festival in September by the Chinese Canadian Authors Association. I was honoured to be one of the readers once again at this great event. Poems are translated into Chinese and read in both languages. Shirley Sue-A-Quan was a great translator. This poem is from my upcoming book , Love Poems to the World, Dream Offerings being published by HMS Press. All the poems in the book are dream poems with the goal of helping heal the world. Some are lucid dreams and some are regular dream poems. I am awakened around 2 PM and write the poems down in the dark. Then in the morning I read them and put them on the computer. I feel that I am the channel for the poems to come through. Thanks to Shirley Sue -A- Quan, I am able to share this with you In both English and Mandarin .
I Love the World!
World, I adore you with every part of my being! My cells, molecules, even the atoms that fill up my empty spaces join together to love you.
I love the soaring mountains wearing their white capes of snow. The dry, painted deserts, the steaming jungles teaming with life, the lush valleys, majestic lakes, the boundless ocean with its changes and moods, its calm and storms.