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Ariadne’s Notes will update readers and participants on the World Poetry Site, special events, help needed and our goals for the future.

World Poetry Celebrates Leigh Nelson from the USA.

 Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café with Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon  was honoured to have Leigh Nelson  phoning in and sharing his adventures, poetry and music with us on CRFO, 100.5 FM, October 22nd. Music also by the amazing B-Master on World Peace. Thanks to Victor Schwartzman and Kerry for their assistance in keeping us on the air. CLICK HERE for the show!



“The writer of Gandhi’s Lament has been writing and performing poetry and music since the age of 14.  Hailing from South County in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, he is known simply as mrlei (as in mister lee), a name bestowed upon him in the early 80’s by students of his.  mrlei has still yet to publish any of his works, but plans on using the slowdown of winter months to complete the process and get it to press.  At the same time, he is attempting to complete two plays, one called “Einstein’s Violin” and a one-man show of Walt Whitman.  He hopes that his poetry “will inspire people to awaken to their true selves and discover the voice that dwells within all being.”

He writes: My mother was an English teacher (and model/actress) in the late 50’s thru to the early 70’s, so of course it was read, read, read (albeit TV was also very much our babysitter at times — but never before homework!)  By the fourth grade I was reading on a junior-to-high school level and also accompanied my mother to rehearsals for plays she was in and became the one child of three boys who became engrossed with the artistic “process” (really don’t like that word).  I dabbled in the theatre/tv/radio/film industry for a time and lost interest for a variety of reasons.  But that experience helped me to become a powerful speaker and presenter of ideas (my own and others) and I have continued working in the artistic milieus.”

I’m sitting here
listening to Nii’ Nee’
sing with his ancestors
and the strong of heart
and the horizon
is just setting
into a faint mauve
dotted by crows
and icicles in the eaves

I reach for the stars
as if they are the only
light in sight this night

this night
is where
the vow lives
the stand is taken
with every breath
and furrow of brow

I will not pretend
coming through the forest
to this opening
where dirt means mind
and bear pads softly

and to know you have
come through the forest


and the ease of our minds
is but a tear from our eyes
serving to remind

cante tenza

great thanks now
for the passing of the pipe
and the sharing of dreams
of the grandmother
and her song for the men
great thanks that paths
cross at the streams
and up a hill


up ahead

the way to go

this night
through the frost

Leigh Nelson (C)

–listening to “Singing with the Ancestors” by Nii’ Nee’.   this is my Cante Tenza Olowan (“Song for the Strong Heart”  -Lakota) “At The Wood’s Edge” (Iroquois) is referenced, as well as Frost, in the last line (a play on forest and the winter – a poet nod, if you will.)

mrlei (pronounced mr. lee) has written a ridiculously large amount of bad poetry.  Every once in a awhile, something sticks, regardless.  He hosts live nights of music, poetry, video, live art, dance, and comedy called TaoNation or Vagabond Age, in the “moment”, with little or no rehearsal.  He is a taurus cancer twin.  He is shy usually, but known to take a selfie or two.  He lives on the side of a mountain in North Adams, MA, with his blind, all white  Jack Russell terrier, Talon Jack.  He drinks, he smokes, and tells dirty jokes, but can play pool better drunk than you.  That is not a challenge.  He would like to thank Daniel Ellsburg for the release of his tapes. He likes to play piano and trumpet but has no idea what they really do.  He is a Jew, too.   Shoganai!  Kwatz!

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World Poetry Celebrates the Authors of One Great Year, Tamara Veitch & Rene DeFazio!

OGY_authorsimgAriadne’s Notes! Our first World Poetry Café Radio show on Thursday, October 15th 1-2 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM was celebrated with the amazing and talented award winning authors, Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio of the novel One Great Year! Great thanks to Victor Schwartzman  and Kerry for operating the show and keeping us on the air. Please CLICK HERE for a show you do not want to miss!

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What happens when two passionate writer-artists fall in love and decide to make an uncommon life together? The award-winning novel One Great Year and its forthcoming sequels are just a few of the awesome possibilities! Born and raised in the Vancouver area, Rene DeFazio is an actor, screenwriter and producer with numerous film and television roles to his credit, as well as countless commercials and print ads. After spending many years backpacking and filming, Rene drew upon an abundance of unusual and exciting experiences to create One Great Year. His tireless research and firsthand knowledge of exotic locations, customs, sights and smells helped to bring this epic story to life. Rene was awarded an “Empowered Writers Award” at the 2014 World International Peace festival in Vancouver. Tamara Veitch was also awarded an “Empowered Writers Award” at the 2014 World International Peace festival in Vancouver.


 Since an early age Tamara knew that she was a writer. She studied English and General Arts at Simon Fraser University and has had articles published in Guided Synergy Magazine, Awareness Magazine (Southern California), and Mosaic Magazine. Tamara’s first published novel One Great Year was written in collaboration with her husband Rene DeFazio, and received excellent reviews. They are currently writing and researching the next instalment in The Great Year Series. Tamara is an experienced mural artist, teacher and public speaker and currently teaches creative writing to children ages 8-14 in her local community as well as touring and presenting the groundbreaking research and discoveries behind her novels.

One Great Year took three painstaking years to complete. Within months of its independent release, One Great Year was optioned to become a Hollywood blockbuster film trilogy. One Great year is distributed by NewLeaf Distributing US and Dempsey Distributing Canada.

The authors are currently writing the second and third books in the One Great Year series and hope for the sequel to be released early 2016.

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World Poetry Celebrates The Wonderful Ana Nedelcu From Romania!

 Ariadne’s Notes: We are honoured to present the talented poet and writer, Ana Nedelcu from Romania. We thank her for her patience in waiting to be on site and look forward to more of her work. Welcome Ana!






Ana writes: “I am a 30 years old Romanian philologist, writer, expert in European studies and self-taught artist in sustainable design, stage performance and contemporary psychology/human behavior.

I am an upholder of comparative knowledge/multidisciplinary studies. Therefore, my life has been combining national and international self-formations and work activities from different kinds of domains – from eco-design to language interpretations, from stage performances to creative and social writing, from management to part of national and international youth networks, from youth events and conferences to educational and cultural voluntary work.

I have been writing poetry, essay, article and script for 10 years now and I have published online, in magazines, in several national literary anthologies but also in two international anthologies from Poetry Society of India.

Related to my literary insights, I find myself in poetry the most prolific creature of all, as verses are continuously flowing through my mind`s and heart`s eye. I get inspired by everything that surrounds me, from landscapes to people, from laughter to tears, from sound to touch, from the concrete to abstract.”

Poem for the World Poetry 2015:


Her diary collapsed

At the fire of dawn

While writing its blast

Near the glass

Of a whispering cast.

No doubt about

This gentle bridge,

Volumes of winds

In the midst of the rich

Where her word

Is her sword

But just a figurative print

In his eyes cold…

‘’You can`t define its size

Of importance to me

Wondering if for thee…’’

Over the bridge

Is a full glittering yard

Where her verse lies

At the bottom of his dice.

He loves her from distance

‘’Fair is that?’’, she asks

Not to hold your darling

Wrap her around your arms.

She melted her eyes

In tears of morning dew

What`s left for the last?

Who`s in love with you?

Love from your distance

And you`ll suffer in silence

Along with the beloved

Who`s feelings

Are a compliance

But heart imprisoned.

Writer/Author – Ana – Lucretia Nedelcu (C)

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