Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe radio show, CFRO, 100.5 FM on November 14, 1:10 pm,celebrated the Poet Laureate of Calgary, Sheri-D Wilson in a delightful interview about her work and her powerful poetry. Also on the show at 1:30 pm PST ,Ezra Weiss with his new CD We Limit Not the Truth of God . E-poets, Bozena Helena Mazur-Nowak, Poland and England and Pieter-Joris Morssink , Australia, and a new story by Sharon Rowe called Big Bessie Ends the Strike. A capsule of the Brain Bulletin Series plus news completed the show.
Sheri-D Wilson has 9 collections of poetry—most recent—Open Letter: Woman against Violence against Women; & Goddess Gone Fishing for a Map of the Universe; 5 plays, 2 CDs, 4 Video-Poems, & 1 ballet for Ballet BC. She edited, The Spoken Word Workbook: inspiration from poets who teach.
CBC called her One of the Top 10 Poets in Canada * Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry * Canadian Poet of Honour * People’s Choice * Woman of Vision * 5 Rosies * USA Heavyweight Title * 5 Jessie Nominations * Ace Award * & The Canadian Author Who Would Make The Best LOVER!”
Featured in Chatelaine Magazine, a regular on CBC, a Ted-Talker, and the subject of documentary Heart of a Poet, et cetera. Of the beat tradition, in 1989 she studied at Naropa University (Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics).
Ariadne’s Notes?:The World Poetry Café radio show, 100.5 FM CFRO on Nov.7 is honoured to welcome two wonderful writers, poets and authors. Calling in at 1:10 pm PST is the author, historian and archivist Donna Jean MacKinnon! Calling in from New Westminster is the amazing Ruth Kozak who will be talking about her latest trip to Greece! I will be promoting them separately. Also, opening poems by Malik Ahmed, Vancouver and Pieter-Joris Morssink, Australia . A new Big Bessie story by Sharon Rowe read by Victor Shwartzman was also featured .
A young poet and writer who wants to bring the old history from Dubai wrote in to ask our guests about suggestions. He felt that there was a lot of attention on the future but not as much on bringing the past to life. Dubai is our 129 the country that listens in at times!
“I am working on a local historical novel set in Vancouver 1884-1913 – a woman’s story because so much of what there is in local historical lore is male-oriented. The poem just came out of me one night after I’d been working on my manuscript and had gotten to a new phase/realization.. I’m very humbled by the form of the novel as well – but am enjoying the process immensely. . . https://historicalresearch.blog
Revise Revise Revise
a bed sheet fresh from the line
snaking out above the yard.
I grab it by two corners and
Shake out the wrinkles
Trying to get it to
A smooth logic to gain dominion over
The peaks and valleys of redundancy
actions and characters that don’t work or fit
To find the fabric of its logic
Or maybe it’s more like making toffee
twisting and turning
Creating a heat of its own
A shape of its own
Seeing what sticks and solidifies
Never mind the polishing yet to come
The burnishing stone I need
To smooth out the sharp angles
Edges too jarring
Characters too simple
To bring out the lustre
To make it shine and sparkle
To emulate the masters
Who so humble me in this endeavor
To shape and nurture
To give the story life
By Donna Jean MacKinnon (C), Vancouver B.C. Canada. All rights reserved.
The World Poetry Café radio show , celebrated Halloween On October 31, 1-2 pm PST CFRO 100.5 FM with live music, Spanish and Peace Poetry from Timileyn Gabriel Olajuwon from Nigeria , Jackson Dukpa from Bhutan and Davy Fidel (chapter 3) from Nigeria.
Also great thanks to John Preston and Bernice Lever whose contributions pushed us over the top of fundraising for our show!
First guest: , “Alfredo Flores arrived in Canada from Guatemala 28 years ago. After spending time in Toronto and Montreal he landed in Vancouver in 1997. Latino, plays traditional South American folk music. Accomplished street performer.” He is representing our long partnership with the Heart of the City Festival, 16th anniversary with over 150 performances. You may hear live music on the show and Spanish! http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/ Alfredo and his friend, Antu originally from Chile played live music and also a selection from their CD, Blue Mountain.
Second guest from the UK known as the poet Guppyman. “I have grave concerns for the environment and the future of mother earth. My mission is to make people more aware of the environmental issues of the planet through the art of poetry. I am also a puppeteer, my puppets are known as Guppies Crew. My puppets preach love, peace and environmental care through the art of poetry. Peace 2 all”
Listen live at www.coopradio.org or go to archives after the show. Also, listen on Canada Player.