The World Poetry Café Radio CFRO 100.5 FM , August 23, 2018. 1-2 PM PST, celebrated its 20 year on the air this year with a new segment in Living Memory for Dr. Warren Stevenson and a tribute written by his daughters.
A unique, talented musician and educator Jeff Densen joined us at 1:30 PM,PST with his new CD, Outside my Window .
Subscribe to his newsletter and receive a demo at www.jeffdenson.com *Courtesy of Braithwaite and Katz. I love this CD, it is powerful, haunting and enjoyable.
The Team: Co-host Jaqueline Maire and host Ariadne Sawyer, super tech Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe with her Big Bessie Story, read by Victor.
Another talented award winning poet from the Lincoln Club: Jane Rowland with her lyrical poem, Simple Courtship was read on the show.
Sometimes all it takes is a tiny spark to ignite a raging inferno. For Jeff Jensen, the spark occurred in 2011. Feeling the need for a fresh start, he loaded up his car to head back to his boyhood home in California. Just as that journey was to begin, a deep and unexpected calling starting boiling inside, Jensen changed directions and headed to Memphis. There was no job waiting for him; no plan, no family, no band, just a lone friend with a temporary place for him to stay. But our intrepid guitar player felt it was the right move, the only move. In less than thirty hours after arriving, he met Brandon Santini and was offered the opportunity to be his guitarist. Soon after, Jeff became music director for the Brandon Santini Band. The inferno has been building ever since. After two years, almost 500 shows and three recordings with Santini, Jensen re-formed his band with long-time friend and musical collaborator Bill Ruffino (bass). Then they recruited Memphis native Robinson Bridgeforth as drummer. They hit the road and never looked back. Most people are in for a shock the first time they experience a Jeff Jensen Band performance. It starts with the trio mixing an eccentric blend of soul, rock, and American roots music with a deep blues influence. Suddenly Jensen feels the spirit, transforming into a whirling dervish of sight & sound as he bounds across the stage, barely able to contain himself as he wrenches stark, biting six-string explosions from his guitar. His passion is there for all to see, a rare occurrence in these times of buttoned-down music-making. At first, the sheer emotional force he creates can be a bit overwhelming. Then you realize that all art is an expression of the soul, of the power of the life-giving force that created the universe. And Jeff feels it is his responsibility to make the effort to communicate his passion with each member of the audience every night. After all, music is art, and art is the physical form of emotion. In 2015, Jensen released the vibrant Morose Elephant album that captures the flavor of the band’s creative force. Combining seven originals with covers of songs from Memphis Minnie and Amos Milburn plus a traditional gospel hymn, Jensen articulates the depth of his musical vision with help from a number of friends including Victor Wainwright, Reba Russell, and Annie Harris. The disc received even more critical acclaim as the band’s previous release, Road Worn and Ragged (2013), both produced by Jensen. This led to two consecutive Blues Blast Music Award nominations in the Sean Costello Rising Star category (2014/2015). The band continues to tour the US, Canada and many European countries relentlessly, as the inferno shows no signs of burning out. Whenever there is a break in the schedule, Jensen switches roles, acting as the producer with other artists including Mick Kolassa, John Parker and co-producing Santini’s This Time Another Year, nominated for a Blues Music Award in the Contemporary Blues Album category (2014). *Biography written by Mark Thompson.
Co-host Jaqueline Maire with one of Warren’s books.
The World Poetry Café Radio CFRO 100.5 FM , August 23, 2018. 1-2 PM PST, celebrated its 20 year on the air with a new segment in Living Memory . We welcomed the new series with a wonderful tribute to Dr. Warren Stevenson written by his two daughters. Co-host Jaqueline Maire and host Ariadne Sawyer, super tech Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe with her Big Bessie Story, read by Victor. Also a wonderful musician Jeff Densen with his new CD, Outside my Window He will have his own feature next. Subscribe to his newsletter and receive a demo at www.jeffdenson.com Courtesy of Braithwaite and Katz. Another talented award winning poet from the Lincoln Club, Jane Rowland with her lyrical poem: A Simple Courtship. We will read her second poem next week, Prayer to My Unborn Child.
Warren Stevenson was born in Hamilton Ontario in 1933. His mother divorced his musician father when Warren was young and enrolled him a year early in Hillfield School in his home town. He skipped another year at school, and a scholarship allowed him to do grade thirteen at Toronto’s Upper Canada College. Warren studied at Bishop’s University in Quebec where he met his wife Mary, continued at McGill for an MA (where he was a contemporary of Leonard Cohen; the two are published together in the 1954 edition of “Forge,” the student writing Journal. Leonard has two poems in there and Warren has a short story, set in Quebec’s Gaspe region, where he’d previously spent a summer teaching English to miners.) Warren earned his PhD by age 24 at Northwestern University, in Illinois. His thesis was on “Shakespeare’s Hand in The Spanish Tragedy by Thomas Kidd.” Scholarship and fatherhood were the constants of his life for the next many decades, as he and Mary, who was a school teacher and homemaker, had five children. After starting teaching in Manitoba, Warren spent the rest of his career teaching in the UBC English Department, publishing six books of literary criticism on the Romantic poets, as well as several volumes of his own poetry. He continued writing poetry well into retirement, as well as a lively pen pal relationship with Margaret Atwood. Retirement also meant a chance to read for his own pleasure, see many movies and plays, collect artwork, and also, of course, continue with his poetry-writing and his participation in the World Poetry Association’s events and comradeship. Warren is now a live wire in a wheelchair in a care home. And while he continues to be known there as “The Professor”, his memory and cognition have, like his body, suffered the slings and arrows of time and degeneration. But being a poet at heart, he can find joy and beauty in the small things, like the smell of a rose, or feeding and apple to the resident horse, aptly named “Beau” which had been Warren’s childhood nickname.
Note: Warren was ahead of his time with his interest in the myth of androgyny. One of his academic books he published is called Romanticism and the Androgynous Sublime Revisited A New Perspective of the English Romantic Poets in which he studies that theme in the works of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron Shelly and Keats.
*Tribute by his two daughters.
A short poem:
Why did you
who had written so beautifully
on the unity of life
when part of it flew in
through the open window?
By Dr. Warren Stevenson (C)
Book: The Western Path, Collected Poems by Dr. Warren Stevenson , Publisher: Multicultural Books of BC.
Ariadne’s Notes: World Poetry Celebrates our partner the Lincoln Poetry Club with the first two award winning poets . World Poetry was honoured to welcome them and feature their first two poets whose poems were read on the World Poetry Café Radio Show.
A message from the coordinator Alan Lowe :
“The Poets Club of Lincoln holds an Open Mic the second Sunday of each month, January through November. The program begins with a 30-40 minute presentation by a guest poet followed by an intermission with refreshments. After the break, all poets in attendance may read up to three poems, depending on the number of poets who wish to read. Poets come from Lincoln and surrounding areas. Alan Lowe has been the Coordinator of the Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest, presented by the club, for ten years. He is responsible for setting up the contest to begin in April— National Poetry Month—publicizing it and the special event held in October at which winning poets read their poems, coordinating and serving as host/moderator of the event, and designing, putting together, and publishing the chapbook of winning poetry.”
First award winning poem on the show.
Love Is Where You Find It by Jeanie Robertson:
Jeanie Robertson has written poetry since she was in grammar school. She is one of five generations of rhyming poets. They have self-published two books and are doing the final editing on the third book. Jeanie has been published in a local monthly paper many times in the last 15 years. She writes simple poetry about everyday life that is easily identifiable. Writing is her favorite hobby.
LOVE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT She was a chihuahua mix A terrier mix was he They had lived together With a growing family.
Until one day a moving van Took everything away. They were not part of the plan So they were left to stray.
Life was hard and they were sad But true love kept them strong They would be “forever friends” Like lyrics in a song.
A couple one day walking Took home the little strays And life forever after Would be their favorite days.
Their people must live somewhere Near this family neighborhood And someone may be frantic If these pets are gone for good.
It seemed no one was looking For this little girl and guy And the couple who were walking Couldn’t help but wonder why.
The pups continued following Them right to their front door, Their little tails wagging, As tho they’d been here before.
These caring people took them in Perhaps they’d find a clue To whom the friendly pups belonged And what next they should do.
The dogs did not have collars No ID tags where they live The couple knew these little ones Had so much love to give.
These kind people, were Beth and Bud, Intent to find the home Of precious little furry friends Left on the streets to roam.
Beth checked with the authorities For ID chips within But seems they never had them Buried deep beneath their skin.
Then Beth and Bud put flyers All around the neighborhood But nobody responded… Now the dogs were theirs for good!
They named them Chance and Sadie Living there, but the best part? The dogs now have A SECOND CHANCE And family with a heart.
by Jeanie Robertson, Award winning poem, Lincoln Club. (C) All rights reserved.
Second award winning poet with her poem:
Kathleen Ward was born in Lockport, NY, but moved to California at the age of 12. She graduated from the California State University at Sacramento with a degree in English, and taught junior high school in Los Banos, CA, for twenty-five years. She is a member of the Poets Club of Lincoln, CA and has won several awards for her poetry. She is now retired and living in Lincoln, CA, where she spends her time writing poetry and fiction when she is not busy traveling or playing with her grandchildren.
If I Had A Second Chance I would have given a dollar Or a hamburger To the homeless woman Huddled by the off-ramp, Her eyes and face as droopy As her worn-out cardboard sign. I would have held doors open For people even when They did not need the help And I would remember to Thank those who took the time To open doors for me. I would have stopped to answer My three-year-old’s question, Even though it was The twentieth time she’d asked one In the past ten minutes And I’d answered them all before. I would have tape-recorded My grandma’s stories The ones I loved when growing up, So that my children could hear Them in Grandma’s words, and bask In the sweet tones of her voice. I would have spent more time Walking on the beach at sunrise Hiking dark trails through the woods Picking wildflowers by the roadside Dancing with butterflies Laughing with old friends. If I had a second chance.
by Kathleen Ward, Lincoln, CA (C) All rights reserved by theauthor.