Category Archives: Radio Show

World Poetry Celebrates the talented Yasir Kayani from Pakistan!

“Ariadne’s Notes: We are honoured to present a talented young poet from Pakistan who joins our World Poetry Family.    







I’m Yasir Kayani, an Attorney at law, Writer, Poet and Human Rights activist. I belong to Pakistan’s district which is far flung from the capital of my country. My city, Kasur is situated on the periphery of Pakistan’s eastern border with India. But how far I am, we all belong to one family and that is human family. Poetry given a flip to imaginations. I do poetry in English as well as in my National language i.e. Urdu. As no body has ever measure, not even poets how much the heart can hold. Poetry is the medium that tries to measure the heights of imagination and depth of one’s feelings. Rainer Maria Rilke once said, “The only journey is the one within.” And through poetry, I travel from within, I am in search of the universe within, the secrets and mysteries within myself, the woof and warp of Nature within and the dazzling light that guides me always. Being a Human Rights activist, I wish to depart this world feeling content that I fulfilled my duty to my fellow human beings. I wish you all an illuminating journey towards yourself! ”               

Love beyond time and space

Beyond the sight of my apparent eyes

I see you in the garden of love

Where the souls fuse into each other

Around the bezels of seraphs

Under the ceil of divine light

Just you and me holding each other

With an everlasting heavenly thread

Sheathing us tightly to become one

Out beyond the time and space

We experience the purity of love

Love takes us towards timelessness

And changes our finiteness to infinity

© ~ yasir


World Poetry Celebrates the Irrepressible Victor Schwartzman from Canada!

Ariadne’s notes: In the first of a series presenting  World Poetry Café Radio Show co-hosts on Tuesday,  August 4, 9:00 PM on CFRO, 100 FM, hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Anita Aguirre Nieveras welcomed Victor Schwartzman to the show. To hear his column and mention of Donald Trump, CLICK HERE!





Victor Schwartzman has written a weekly column on disability issues for over two years, and is very disappointed that nothing has improved.  The column is on the AODA Alliance website and Accessibility News.  He is also polishing a satiric novel, King of the Planet, about a dimension ruled by people who believe in Fox News.  He helps out occasionally with World Poetry Café.  He will be seventy on August 19, and expects you to send him presents. He is also the World Poetry Peace and Human Rights film Festival Director, a radio show operator  in training and host.

Here’s a funny story about Godzilla

Godzilla, that cheesy monster movie

was Americanized from Gojira.

The original’s director, Ishiro Honda

traveled through Hiroshima

as a Japanese soldier

saw the devastation of nuclear war

and decided to make a film

about the horror of atomic bombing.


The A-Bomb’s fire storm

became Godzilla’s fiery radioactive breath

the look of Tokyo after Godzilla stomped it

was based on Hiroshima after the bomb

the first boat Godzilla destroys

was based on the Lucky Seven

tuna boat too close to the first H Bomb test

(Americans in the area were warned

but Japanese were not so…lucky)

The boat’s radio operator got sick

Americans denied treatment information

his agonizing death took a year

he was the first victim of the H Bomb


Japanese audiences watching Gojira

saw a nuclear allegory about America

Americans watching Godzilla

were entertained by Japs killed by a monster

isn’t that funny

well, the Americans are laughing

Victor Schwartzman  (C)

This poem was published about two years ago, in the St. Vitus Prose and Poetry Review:

World Poetry Celebrates the Great Phil Haynes from the USA!


Ariadne’s Notes!: The World Poetry Café with Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon welcomed the amazing Jazz musician and professor, Phil Haynes to the show , July 21st on CFRO 100.5 FM. A fascinating look into the world of jazz combined with advice for a beginning Jazz band in Africa, stories and music. In addition, a warm welcome to our new very competent  operator Sarah Ho who is helping for a few months. To hear the show: CLICK HERE! Music played: Johnny Guitar.

A veteran artist based in New York for 25 years, Phil Haynes is featured on more than 65 LP, CD, and DVD releases by numerous American and European record labels.  Haynes’ debut, The Paul Smoker Trio’s QB with Anthony Braxton, was named the #1 recording of 1985 by esteemed critic Kevin Whitehead.


The international media have compared his drumming to masters Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes and Elvin Jones, and his compositions to Duke Ellington, Charles Ives, Charles Mingus and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. His performances were recently noted to be “The perfect middle between tradition and avant-garde, between power and sophistication, between accessibility and adventure. . . standards with a new sense of drama, dynamics, and true moments of fun.”

In addition to the critically acclaimed three recordings for Enja Records by the composer’s collective, Joint Venture, Haynes’ diverse and distinctive dozen recordings as a leader include: Continuum (violinist Mark Feldman’s jazz debut); the ground breaking and iconic ensemble 4 Horns & What?; his first recording of jazz standards, A Couch in Brooklyn (featuring Israeli born pianist Micu Narununsky and bassist Drew Gress); The Hammond Insurgency with B-3 organ virtuoso Jeff Palmer; Free Country’s trilogy of Americana with cellist/vocalist Hank Roberts; the singular solo drum-set recording, Sanctuary, as well as No Fast Food, a defining saxophone trio featuring NEA jazz master David Liebman.

Moving to central Pennsylvania in 2003, Haynes founded the nationally noted Jazz@Bucknell chamber series in 2005 and was subsequently appointed as Bucknell University’s Kushell Jazz Artist-in-Residence. From 2007-2012, Haynes taught courses in Jazz History, directed his multi-media/new music Bucknell Interdisciplinary Improvisation Ensemble (BIIE), coached the University Jazz Band rhythm section and soloists, worked with various small ensembles and recitalists, maintained a vigorous private studio, and led the Bison Band. His past two years have featured appointments as interim Director of Jazz Studies for both Susquehanna University, PA, and Nazareth College, NY.

Artists Haynes has appeared on CD with include Theo Bleckman, Anthony Braxton, Adam Caine, Joe Daley, Dave Douglas, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Ellery Eskelin, Mark Feldman, Ken Filiano, Vinny Golia, Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Lindsay Horner, Ed Jackson, Ritsu Katsumata, David Kikoski, Frank Lacy, Andy Laster, David Liebman, Tony Malaby, Denman Maroney, Michael McNeill, Micu Narunsky, Jeff Palmer, Hank Roberts, Herb Robertson, Ned Rothenberg, Rich Rothenberg, Ted Rosenthal, Michelle Rosewoman, Steve Rudolph, Steve Salerno, Ed Schuller, Paul Smoker, Michael Stevens, David Taylor, Andreas Willers, Gebhard Ullmann, and Tom Varner.

Other diverse performers that Haynes has appeared with in concert include John Abercrombie, Ralph Alessi, Tim Berne, Bobby Bradford, Don Byron, Bill Carrothers, Billy Childs, Marilyn Crispell, Joshua Davis, Jack Dejohnette, Bill Dobbins, Marty Ehrlich, Jon English, Michael Formanek, Joel Frahm, Charles Gayle, Steve Gilmore, Ben Goldberg, Arnold Hammerschlag, Peter Herbert, Ingrid Jensen, Dean Johnson, David Liebman, Albert Manglesdorf, Tony Marino, Ron McClure, Tony Micelli, Ben Monder, Glenn Moore, Varden Ovsepian, Paul Plimley, Steve Rudolph, Eddie Severn, Louis Sclavis, Leni Stern, John Stowell, John Swana, Steve Swell, Greg Tardy, John Tchicai, Gary Thomas, Thomas Ullrich, Roseanna Vitro, J.D. Waters, Tim Warfield, Kenny Werner, Kenny Wheeler, Larry Willis and Andrea Wolper.

In addition to his ‘Sanctuary’ solo concert presentations and duet performances with David Liebman, Herb Robertson & Paul Smoker, current Haynes touring ensembles include his: romantic, folk-Americana string band, Free Country,  featuring cellist/vocalist Hank Roberts; saxophone trio,  No Fast Food, w/ bass titan Drew Gress and NEA jazz master David Liebman; electrified & blues drenched organ unit with Paul Bratcher & James Yanda, The Hammond Brothers, as well as the collaborative classic piano trio, Day Dream, w/Steve Rudolph & Drew Gress.


 Amazing Grace:
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 World Poetry hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon