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World Poetry Celebrates Sheri-D Wilson!

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.

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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).

World Poetry Celebrates Donna Jean MacKinnon!

 

 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! 

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Donna Jean MacKinnon writes:

“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 

The manuscript

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 

Lie flat

 

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

A texture 

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

Actions illogical

 

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

With poetry 

 

To give the story life

By Donna Jean MacKinnon (C), Vancouver B.C. Canada. All rights reserved.

 

World Poetry Celebrates Halloween, Music and Poetry !

 

Ariadne’s Notes:

 A wonderful show! It was such fun to speak in Spanish and listen to live music, talk about Guatemala and the Elders, meet the musician Antu, flutist and read the Peaceathon poetry plus congratulate Costa Rica for their well deserved award: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/costa-rica-named-un-champion-earth-pioneering-role-fighting-climate?fbclid=IwAR2PXEDZyB9JPrPktUISSvT3iUvf-E_NXOszcL9f0Pe3q87te0zBdyecW_0

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!

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 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.

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  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”

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