Category Archives: E-Poets

Featured e-poets on the World Poetry Radio Show.

World Poetry Celebrates Dee Hobsbawn-Smith!

Ariadne’s Notes: On April 20, 2017, 1PM on CFRO, 100.5 FM, the World Poetry Café welcomed the multitalented and powerful poetess, Dee Hobsbawn-Smith, retired chief and sustainable food advocate. Her words of advise and wisdom about food, cooking and poetry were absolutely empowering to all the listeners. She will be on tour in the coming months, including in B.C.  For a list of her tour dates: www.deehobsbawnsmith.com

Thanks to the World Poetry café Team of Ariadne Sawyer, producer and host, Anita Aguirre Nieveras , super engineer, Victor Schwartzman  special volunteer Sharon Rowe and volunteer Willow the dog. Music by Anthony Prosk (Gulf Island Suite)   and Don Amero (CD, Refined)

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Photo by Shelley Banks.

dee hobsbawn-smith’s poetry, essays, fiction and journalism has appeared in newspapers, websites, magazines, anthologies and literary journals in Canada, the USA and Scotland, including Grain, Gastronomica: The Journal of Culture and Food, The Malahat Reiview, Prairie Fire, The Antigonish Review, Vallum, CV2, Freefall and others. In 2015-16, she served as the Saskatoon Public Library’s 35th Writer in Residence. A retired chef and ex-restaurateur, she lives west of Saskatoon and earned her MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan. She has published seven books. Foodshed: An Edible Albert Alphabet (Touchwood, 2012) won three international awards for its unflinching examination of the politics and challenges of small-scale sustainable food production. Her first collection of poetry, Wildness Rushing In (Hagios, 2014) was a finalist for Book of the Year and Best Poetry Collection at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. It was followed by her first short fiction collection, What Can’t Be Undone (Thistledown, 2015.) At present, she is working on her debut novel, an essay collection, and new poetry. Most recently, she has contributed to the SK poetry anthology, Line Dance (Burton Books, 2016), edited by Gerald Hill, and was part of a contingent of Canadian poets who read at The Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. www.deehobsbawnsmith.com

 

Red cedar

thirty years of your brother’s life

hanging in a cedar-lined closet under the back stairs.

~ Judith Krause, “A History of Shirts” from Mongrel Love

 

The cedar chest came from Lebanon, a gift.

In one corner, tiny clothes

I sewed for my sons.

 

Childhood never wears out.

It travels with me, that time. Before

I came to poetry, I lived it –  

 

swung high swoops on redwood swings,

small sons on lap, leaped

like a leopard over fire hydrants at their urging.

 

In the chest, purple fleece vests outgrown

before the seams could strain or fade,

jesters’ hats, laid aside when they outgrew magic.

 

I wear their vests and hats now on my morning walks,

wrap myself in my sons’  childhood,

red cedar days that never wear out.

Dee Hobsbawn-Smith (C) From her radio show published poems. All rights reserved by author.

World Poetry Celebrates Robert W. McGregor from Canada!

The World Poetry Café Radio Show welcomed the talented poet Robert W. McGregor on the air in a unique interview full of good poetry and music. Robert read his poem: I’m Just A Little Boy’ about a little boy from Aleepo , Syria which received many favorable responses when it was read as an e-poem a few weeks before. He read a number of exceptional poems and talked about his life and vision.

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Since it was fundraising time for our show, Robert also became a member and helped pitch on the air. We need $1,000 per year to keep our show on the air. We are all volunteers and the World Poetry Café will be celebrating its 21st year. If anyone wants to become a member or at an international level , become a donner, you can go to www. coopradio .org and click on membership. Please put in the name of the World Poetry Café so the money will go to our account.

 Also featured on the show, great  e-poets from India and Nigeria: 

Dr. Reshma Ramesh is a dental surgeon by profession and has been writing poetry since 2008 and is a noted voice in  Bangalore. Her beautiful poem The Mountains Have a Memory captures the essence of mountains.

The second e-poem  APEKE XII on love comes from: Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon. He is a international multi award winner, World  Poetry Ambassador to Nigeria and a director with a new book coming out.

The dedicated World Poetry Café Team: Ariadne Sawyer, Producer and host, co-host Anita Aguirre Nieveras, Super Tech Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe with dog, Willow.

 

Robert writes:

“If possible I prefer to be introduced as Robert W. McGregor as there are too many notable Rob McGregor’s…

I am proud of my given names, Robert after my grand father, and great grand father the W. Stands for Ward which my blessed  mother picked while watching it’s a wonderful life. ( late actor Ward Bond).

I am happily married for 9 years to my wife Laurie who is vey supportive of my writing efforts,  I have two natural and four step children and will soon celebrate the birth of my 9th grand child.

Born and raised in South Vancouver, graduated from David Thompson Secondary.

I have been writing poetry since grade 4 but other then special occasions like anniversaries, weddings or tributes at funerals my poems have been for my private consumption.

A chance meeting with writer friend/ Neall Ryon has opened up my eyes to the world of poetry and created a desire to share it with the rest of the world.

I am currently working on my first book with the working title “Looking Through the Kaleidoscope” , The  Mended Broken Thoughts and writings of Robert W. McGregor

My favourite writers and influences are Lord Alfred Tennyson, Mark Twain, and  Og Mandino.

As for poems, since this a broadcast that goes to other countries it would be a privilege to recite the attached poem:

” I’m Just A Little Boy’, which was written by me after seeing the very tragic picture of a the little boy from Aleppo Syria sitting in the back of an ambulance.

The picture haunted me for days until I awoke one night at around 3 am and wrote this poem.


 I’m Just A Little Boy

(Dedicated to all of the children in Aleppo Syria)

Why do you drop your booms?

I’m just a little boy,

Where is my Ummi and Abbi ?

Can someone please find my toy?

It’s a little red car with a missing wheel,

That was a gift from my older brother,

I want it now to think of him,

Have you found my Father and Mother?

Perhaps they are with my brother and sister,

Who I no longer see around,

I saw them last laughing and playing in the yard,

Just before I heard the very loud sound.

It happens almost everyday,,

It seems no one can tell me why,

I ask you now maybe you know,

Why are these booms falling from the sky

I can not feel my face right now, I can not see too far,

It’s hard to hear you from the ringing,

Did someone finally find my car?

Please look real hard for it,

As it helps me sleep at night,

I promise not to lose it again ,

I promise to hold it really really tight.

If you see my Ummi and Abbi ,

please don’t tell them I dropped it on the floor,

I don’t want them to worry about it,

Please just one more look and I won’t ask you anymore?

Really where did you find it?

You say you found it in my Ummi’s hand?

Can you please bring her here so I can hug her,

No I will run to her ,help me up so I can stand.

What do you mean she is gone?

Why would she leave me here all alone?

Where could she possibly go?

This is our only home.

I understand now she is with the others,

No real need for me to feel gloom,

Perhaps I can join them next time,

When the sky drops another boom.

Robert W. McGregor, August /2016. All rights Reserved by the author. (C)

 

 

World Poetry Celebrates Tara Kimberley Torme!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show welcomed the talented and courageous poetess Tara Kimberley Torme on March 30, 2017 in the studio of CFRO, 100.5 FM with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Anita Aguirre Nieveras, super tech Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer and dog sitter of Willow, Sharon Rowe. A beautiful e-poem by Monsif Beroual from Morocco was read.

  Jazz music featuring violinist/mandolinist Jason Anick and pianist Jason Yeager‘s first project as co-leaders, United, is out  (March 10, 2017) on Inner circle Music, promoting their delightful new CD UNITED.

  Source: Braitwaite and Katz.

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Tara Kimberley Torme writes: “I was born in Montreal, Quebec
I moved to Vancouver, BC in March 1992 shortly before I turned 15 years old
I have been writing poetry since I was around 8 years old
I have written over 150 poems since childhood
I received my B.A. in English from UBC in May 2001
I received my publishing diploma from Langara College in June 2006

In 2006 I self published a book of my poetry called A Series Of Short Stories and Poems under the name of T K Torme which is available at amazon.com

I am currently working on editing all of my older poetry as well write several newer ones for myself for future publication

I have several poetry books that I am currently working on at the moment – it is a long process as I write poems that suit my current mood state and eventually I will decided which collection of poetry I am going to put them in.”
Tara Kimberley Torme.

Featured Poem:

DeBolt

He comes out

Final race

 

Men’s 200 M

To win gold

 

7 Olympic gold

To his name

 

Here to collect

Two more gold

 

De Grasse runs

In lane 4

 

The crowd roars

At Bolt’s name

 

He takes his hand –

Shushes the crowd

 

Gun sounds off:

Bolt in lead

 

Flash of red shoes

On the lane

 

He wins the race

With ease:

 

Bolt 200 triple

Going for 9 gold

De Grasse wins silver

 

De Grasse and Bolt –

Two great runners:

 

DeBolt will always live on

Forever. Olympic history

 

A piece of Bolt

Lightning strikes

 

Little brother from Canada

Best race already written

 

Victory lap for Bolt

With Jamaican and Brazil flag

 

By: T. K. Torme (C) All rights reserved by the author.