Category Archives: E-Poets

Featured e-poets on the World Poetry Radio Show.

Join Mahinour Tawfik’s Prevent Suicide Campaign!

 Ariadne’s Notes: Join Mahinour Tawfik’s campaign and spread awareness on Suicide!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Dear Ariadne,
I want your permission to share a poem on www.worldpoetry.ca regarding the issue of suicide.  I had an experience with this issue and recently with a friend of mine. I hope we can start a campaign to spread awareness – help people speak up, not give up
and to get help. I wrote a poem and I had a special poster designed for it. “

Mahinour Tawfik

To join her campaign : ariadnes@uniserve.com


 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest

Standing at a funeral, all, in sorrow, was dressed

Soaked in sorrow as the verses were read

Pondering in the stillness, how much the girl is blessed

{When my time comes,

Loneliness will be my one and only guest}

 

Ignorant of her name but the incident was tragic

{Taking her life}, they said, {can’t seem further from logic}

Would they’ve said that, upon a long walk in her shoes

Standing up to fall into much deeper blues?

 

Fighting silent battles to become her worst rival

Doing the time until she had to impose the final

Consciously consensual

After scars grew deeper, its woes seemed perpetual

 

Certain of life’s ruthlessness,

Never have I been aware that death

Robs lives whilst gathering more debts

From forsaken souls apart from the hearts it shreds

Mourning yesterday, grieving the future pledged

 

On my knees beseeching Angel of Death

“Bring her back for a moment

To ascertain how much she was blessed”

Don’t let her be by eternal suffering possessed”

 

Wiped the tears, marching to pay my respects

Towards the coffin in which I was dressed

With a note along side

{Does it make a difference, now that I’ve left?}

*All battles fought in silence are fought with violence

 Mahinour Tawfik (C) All rights reserved by author. http://worldpoetry.ca/?p=9117

World Poetry Celebrates Poet and Musician Serwan Yamolky!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Lozan Yolmosky.

Ariadne’s Notes: On June 8, 1-2 PM, CFRO 100.5 FM , The World Poetry Café was honoured to welcome the renowned poet and musician and oud professional player Serwan Yamolky to the show along with the talented and beautiful poetess Lozan Yamolky. I am featuring them separately on site . A fascinating show with poems read in Kurdish, English and Arabic. The lovely Arabic and Kurdish songs with the  beautiful oud created an  exceptional show. Canada is so lucky to have such treasures.

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE!

Special e-poet:   Minal Sarosh  from India was also featured and will have a special feature on site.

 

Serwan Yamolky was born in Kurdistan, northern Iraq, in the city of Sulaymanya in 1945.

He studied Political Science and Law at the University of Baghdad. However, his true calling was music. His older brother, Jamal Yamolky, was his first oud teacher. Serwan started to develop his own oud techniques at the age of 15. In 1967 he was one of the first members of the Iraqi Music Council as a composer. Serwan also studied at the Music Studies Institution in Baghdad. In the Iraqi Academy of Fine Arts at Baghdad University, he studied oud further with maestros Rawhie Al Khammash and Al Haj Mu’taz. Moreover, he studied and frequently performed with maestro Jamil Bashir (as a contrabass player) and with Jamil Salim (as oud player).

During these years, he also cultivated his skills as a poet, writing nearly a hundred songs and publishing numerous poems in Iraqi magazines. http://www.serwanyamolky.ca/

After settling in Canada, Serwan founded “Rast” in 1999, a musical group performing Classical Middle Eastern music. “Rast” was followed by “Akad” in 2002, “Zeryab” in 2003 and “Moon Shadow” in 2010.

In 2004, Serwan was invited by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Association to perform for the Dalai Lama” at the Orpheum. Other performances of note include appearing with the Silk Road Ensemble and the Vancouver Inter Cultural Orchestra. He has been a regular participant (2001 through 2009) in the Multi-Disciplinary Avant Garde event ANU. Never forgetting his roots, Serwan has also recorded numerous pieces for the Kurdish TV Channel M2003.

Serwan composed, and had contributed songs, music, and performances for the play “Jona and the Falafel War”. He had also appeared as a guest musician on albums including “The Butterfly Effect” by Tim Gerwing (2004), “Invisible World” by Tanya Evanson (2005), “Dirty Bottom” by Raymond Langston (2007) and “The Memorists” by Tanya Evanson (2009).

In a book signing his latest published poetries, Love of a Different Kind, an evening of traditional Iraqi songs, classic Arabic music and poetry reading took place at Douglas College (2009).

As a soloist and with other artists, Serwan had performed at numerous festivals and cultural events around the world:

– Canada (Vancouver, Calgary and Motreal): the World Music Festival (2002), the Sacred Music Festival (2003), the Vancouver Children’s Festival (2003), the Arabian Nights Concert (2004). the Vancouver International Story Telling Festival (2005) and An Evening of Art, Poetry and Music (2008).

– United States (Seattle): the Seattle Arab Festival (2005).

– Europe (Netherland and United Kingdom): the Iraqi Night (2009).

Most recently, Serwan lead the Inanna Group in a concert with Nadeen on May 14th at Douglas College. He appeared with Tim Gerwing and Liam MacDonald at the “Love in the Time of Andalusia” event at W2 Storyeum. Serwan Yamolky was also nominated for a Jessie Award for his musical score for the play “9 Parts of Desire”, which ran from October 14th to 30th 2010.

Serwan’s musical performances have been heard on CBC, One Blue Island, and Coop Radio (Wax Poetic).

Photos and source: Lozan Yolmosky.

World Poetry Celebrates Kagan Goh with His New Show!


Ariadne’s Notes: A wonderful, informational show  on June 1st!  The World Poetry Café Radio Show , CFRO 100.5 FM1-2 PM, PST.  with host and producer Ariadne Sawyer, MA and co-host Elaine Woo with super tech Victor Swartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe, welcomed the talented Kagan Goh and his work as a mental health advocate. 

Music from the program SURVIVING SAMSARA

TO HEAR THE SHOW: CICK HERE!

http://www.coopradio.org/content/world-poetry-caf%C3%A9-el-mundo-de-la-poesia-

Featured was his upcoming production  

SURVIVING SAMSARA
by Kagan Goh

A celebration of the resiliency of the human spirit
to transcend the suffering of 
the stigma and discrimination of mental illness

WHERE: THE INTERURBAN GALLERY 
1 EAST HASTINGS (@ CARRALL)

WHEN: Thurs June 15 & Thurs June 29, 2017

Doors Open 7 PM
Show Starts 7.30 PM

Suggested Donation $20
(Pay what you can. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds)

A Multimedia Multidisciplinary Theatrical Performance
Featuring
KAGAN GOH – Actor & Spoken Word Artist
SALOMÉ NIETO – Butoh Dancer & Choreographer
ANGELO MORONI – Director & Composer/Musician
JUJUBE JACINTO – Rapper
RENA DEL PIEVE GOBBI – Filmmaker

SYNOPSIS

Surviving Samsara is a multimedia multidisciplinary live theatrical production that incorporates acting, spoken word, Butoh dance, rap, music, film and video. Surviving Samsara recounts the author Kagan Goh’s struggles with manic depression. This story takes place over two decades as Kagan Goh struggles to survive the highs of mania and the lows of depression. As a survivor, Kagan gives us insight into an ‘insider’s’ experience of madness. He exposes the damaging effects of the stigma of mental illness, and explores manic depression not only as a disorder, but as a spiritual emergence — a vehicle for personal growth, healing and transcendence. Kagan’s deeply personal stories illustrate his transformation from victim to survivor to activist. 

The production of Surviving Samsara is proposed, managed and facilitated by people with personal, lived experience with mental health challenges. 

CREATIVE TEAM

KAGAN GOH – Producer, Spoken Word Artist, Playwright, Actor.  http://kagangoh.com/
Kagan Goh is an award-winning filmmaker, published author, spoken word poet, and mental health advocate and activist. Kagan has been published in numerous anthologies, periodicals and magazines. Select Books in Singapore published his first book, Who Let in the Sky? Goh is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a number of releases, including the award-winning Mind Fuck (1996) and Stolen Memories (2012). His films have been broadcast on national television and gained entry into respected film festivals across Canada. His personal mission is to educate people about mental health issues and fight the stigma against the mentally ill.  
(www.kagangoh.com / www.stolenmemoriesdocumentary.com)

SALOMÉ NIETO – Butoh Dancer/Choreographer.
Renowned for her emotionally-charged performances, audiences have described pataSola co-founder, Salome Nieto, as ethereal, evocative and enchanting. Her work explores the essence of Butoh and the integration of spirituality with her cultural identity. An accomplished dancer and choreographer, Salome has 23 years of specialized Butoh training with internationally-renowned instructors and has danced extensively with Kokoro Dance Company. As well as executing her own works in Vancouver, BC, Salome has performed in Argentina, Mexico, Nicaragua, Thailand, England and Poland. Recent collaborations include projects with Butoh Masters Gustavo Collini-Sartor (Argentina) and Valentin Tzin (Russia), Dianne Farnsworth, Donna Redlick Dance and since 2014 with Poet Kagan Goh (Canada).
(www.patasoladance.com)

ANGELO MORONI – Director, Musician/Composer, Social Theatre Facilitator
With more than 15 years practicing Theatre and Music, Angelo has performed in numerous theatre and modern dance companies, including in experimental music ensembles. Furthermore, he has given social theatre workshops to kids, teens, adults, the visually impaired, Amnesty International, and to educators at UBC in Canada and Mexico. In Surviving Samsara, Angelo, the musician/composer, has also given Kagan Goh (actor) directorial support with his written pieces.

JUJUBE JACINTO – Rapper, Stage Manager, Audio Visual Designer 
Jujube Jacinto is a self-taught lyricist, performer, and visual artist living with bipolar. Through her work, she heals personal trauma, inspiring others to do the same. As stage manager in Surviving Samsara, she assists with all technical aspects of the production: successful timing and delivery, costumes, props, projector, and lighting. 

RENA DEL PIEVE GOBBI – Filmmaker, Production Assistant, Audio Visual Designer
Rena Del Pieve Gobbi is a Vancouver Artist and Filmmaker. Her work has screened in 15 countries and opened for the Images Film Festival Gala in Toronto as well as the Canadian Images Gala at the VIFF IN Vancouver. Rena was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1993. Her art work is concerned with issues surrounding PTSD and sexual violence. Rena collaborated with Kagan Goh on the Surviving Samsara piece photographically five years ago. She is very excited to continue collaborating on this material. “My feeling is that work that demonstrates the experiences of mental illness are crucial to raising awareness.” To this end Rena has made a video, seclusion, out of photographs shot on a camera smuggled into a psychiatric hospital when she was in her early 20s and a painting depicting herself locked in the seclusion room for seven days. The video is narrated with three journal entries woven together from the same time. An improvisational soundtrack accompanies the narrative and brings to life the hallucinated monkey in the next room. (www.rena.ca)

NOTICE:
Copies of Kagan Goh’s chapbook of 
SURVIVING SAMSARA are available for sale for $20. Source: Kagan Goh

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