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World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Palma Mingozzi from the USA!

Ariadne’s Notes: On May 19th , the World Poetry Café Radio Show, CFRO, 100.5 FM with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and co-host Neall Ryon and sound engineer was honoured to welcome the amazing Palma Mingozzi from Staten Island, New York. Also featured was an e-poem called the Wily Trout  which won Poem of the Year in the US by Howie Mason from Cranbrook, BC.


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Palma Mingozzi is a self-taught artist and writer from Staten Island, New York, USA. She expresses herself in a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic and watercolor. Her interests are in the abstract and include a variety of subjects,infused with realistic themes, including the emotional humane and spiritual. These include beauty, upliftment, awareness, human spirit, wholeness, completion, mystery, fantasy and nature. She is inspired by the beauty of nature people and her environment. She is rooted in the influence of nature, colors, shape and form, and by the artists that she so admires including Michelangelo, Botticelli, Kandinsky and Jackson Pollock.

She has participated in more than 10 exhibits over the period of five years on Staten Island, and her solo debut exhibit was at the GlobalArtGallery in Italy in 2012.

She is a poet and writer and has written several poetry books both in English, The Entitlement of the soul and Emotional upheaval, and in Italian, Brucio Di te, Trofeo, Un’altro Oceano, Erasmo Serretti, Studi in Chromoterapia.

She has been included in Italian anthologies, Il Sentiero delle Muse, Librando L’anima, Goccia a Goccia in honor of Alda Merini, Ciò Che Caino non Sà. She translated both Io l’ho incontrato così by Daniela Straccamore and Erasmo Serretti’s book into English.  She has been included in one Indian anthology,, and has participated internationally in many groups lending her poetry out in places such as Africa, India Canada, Ireland,Pakistan, Spain and Italy.

2015 has brought her to several stages where she recited many poems on stage and introduced international performing artist Rosa Didonna, Bari Italy, in two exhibits, Vertigo Gallery, Times Square and SIABC Gallery, Staten Island, NY.

She held an important exhibit called Essence dedicated to Julia Gardiner Tyler, the president’s wife and the Rose of Long Island at the Babylon town hall in Long Island with the collaboration of Russian ballet dancers and Maestra Adriana Sala-Mascari. Julia was the first to change communication styles in the White House and later sympathized with the  Confederates and moved to Staten Island.

Palma has given a presentation on Italian American immigration alongside Steven Weiss’s exhibit featuring his Milano Collection at the Garibaldi Meucci Museum.  The presentation included 10 poets both local and international and featuring spoken word made to song by June Palo.

She has created a writers group at the Dongan Hills New York public library called International Association of Muses.

She is involved with the Italian Language Club at the Huguenot library of which she is on the language committee and the cooking committee.

Many of her poems can be found in readings on Sound Cloud as she has participated in poetry groups that have included her poems as part of their program on the radio.  Radio Lucrias, La Voce dei Poeti, Poetry Ireland and Parola Mia Programma Radiofonico Web.

Un’altro Oceano won fourth place out of more than 150 poets in the Leandro Polverini Competition for the city of Anzio, Italy.

In 2016, she has become the newly elected president of the South Shore Artist Group and has interviewed with Al Lambert, channel 34.  

Etg books and boulevard books owner and publisher Avi Gvili, held a presentation and reading for my book The entitlement of the soul on February 20th.

OSIA, Order sons of Italy held a writers presentation at the Church of the Most Precious Blood in Mulberry Street, NY of which Palma was included to present her poetry. She has been on Al Lambert’s show, on Staten Island.

Current events will be joint collaboration with John Errante and autographs for autism in raising awareness with Art for autism and the Seton Foundation, Staten Island Dance and Art Center’s Eileen Simonelli and Michele Helf Ajello in a joint venture to have the community’s children participate with SSAG in our annual Conference House Exhibit in June.

Palma was born in Luxembourg and immigrated to the US at the age of 12. She is fluent in Italian and English.  She has been disabled for more than 10 years with a muscoskeletal impairment, and has found that the single most important thing in her life is to heal with creativity. Art in all of its forms is therapy for the mind body and soul.  Her favorite quote is “when you heal the mind the body follows”.  She lives at home with her three children and husband.

A poem by Palma Mingozzi:

A thought before you go.

What’s in a drop of rain

And in an everlasting day?

I don’t know how you feel

but I can see a reflection

Of your need held in the arms

Of a pine tree


That droplet you see

Is a part of me

Sparkling and clean


Made up of dreams and melancholy

Resting on the hope

That you are looking back at me

And thinking the same thing

 (C) Palma Mingozzi



World Poetry Celebrates Japanese Canadians!



The World Poetry Café welcomed Lorene Oikawa,  who called in on May 12th  1:10 PM  CFRO, 100.5 FM, speaking about Asian Heritage Month and the Japanese events featured in this special month. Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon , engineer Victor Schwartzman.  In studio guest, artist Oparin Ortiz , special e-poem by David Beaton.  A great discussion of upcoming  events, racism and the need for unity.


Lorene Oikawa is the President of the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association and on the National Council of the National Association of Japanese Canadians. Board Director with West Coast Environmental Law and the Canadian Labour International Film Festival. Assistant District Supervisor with the BC Provincial Government.Executive Vice President for over 9 years with the BCGEU including a position on the BC Federation of Labour Executive Council, and as a Trustee on the Public Service Pension Board.

Special upcoming events:

GVJCCA explorASIAN highlights for Asian Heritage Month including the Recognition Gala are here:

Honouring Our People book launch:

  • Come to the ExplorASIAN Gala and the only  fundraiser of the year! A celebration of the Japanese Canadian community with music, dance and a special Japanese Dinner. Raffle, Silent Auction and more! $70 per person, June 11, 5:30 pm, Nikkei Place, 6688 South oaks Cres, Burnaby. 604-526-4729.


World Poetry Celebrates Dr. Ajay Garg from India and Canada!

Ariadne’s notes:  A wonderful show with the sounds of Hindi and Sanskrit from Dr. Ajay Garg and his lovely wife,  Anupma Garg.   Included was  the music and interview with musician Ehud Asherie who will have his own feature soon. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!

The World Poetry Team welcoming them on Thursday, May 5th  : Ariadne Sawyer, MA, Producer and host, Neall Ryon, co-host and Jazz expert and the amazing Victor Schwartzman , technical engineer.





Ajay K Garg, Ph.D., MBA (Gold Medalist)) and B.E. (Mechanical) (Honors), is a University Professor in the field of operations and quality. He has about 28 years of experience in professional world. He has vastly travelled and completed various academic and industrial assignments in 23 countries. He has to his credit two books- one on ‘Managing Quality in Handicraft Sector’ and other text book on ‘Production and Operations Management’ with McGraw Hill Education. He has been a resource person on stress, time management and on quality of handicrafts.

Dr. Garg is nature loving human having special interest in Hindi and Sanskrit literature, poetry, heritage, hiking and exploring the world with a mission of finding spirituality in everything whatever he sees or feels. He has written and got published a significant bunch of poems and articles. He is proud of Indian heritage, literature and culture. He tries to fulfill his mission and spread the awareness about rich Indian heritage and culture.


My Father

Who is the greatest, the mighty one, the ultimate and supreme?

It is the universal truth, not just a made up story.

In Indian epic Mahabharata, Death asked his own son Yudhistra (king of righteous),

Who is higher than the mountains, the clouds, and even the sky?

Yudhistra, brilliant but fair; the one who remained truthful throughout his life, replied:

He is the one, who cares for you the most, loves you from the depth of his heart,

He is higher than the mountains, mightier than the sky.

He is the father, only the father, the wise and significant part of our lives.

He brought us to this world, gave us the gift of life,

We learnt to live with pride, follow a dutiful path, all from him.

He held our hands in our difficult times, taught us to smile like flowers among prickly thorns;

He made us to stand up after we fall, taught us to win through ambitious but challenging path.

Loves and brought us up from deep within his heart, provides us bread even if he is starving,

Comes home tired and weary, still remembers to bring candies.

Even after facing his own toilsome problems, he forgets about them;

Just making efforts for the things to providing for his family and loving them dearly.

While struggling with even most strenuous times of his life, still he cares and cares for us.

Father, the only one who suppresses his own desires but fulfills children’s even unfair demands,

He creates his hopes in raising us and fights for us throughout his life;

He provides us the comforts while hiding his own tears, teaches us the real meaning of life.

He lets us achieve what we need compensating his own life and then talks proudly about us.

He teaches to fight for what is just and fair not only for us, but for others too.

Even if he falls, he never lets us fall with him, he teaches us to stand up instead.

He never holds himself back to tell our weaknesses to us; to fight and conquer them instead,

He inspires us to become strong, work hard, struggle through hard times and succeed.

Through the eyes of his children, he sees his dreams.

Through their heartbeats, he feels his own.

Through their appreciations, he feels delighted and lives his life.

But still, never talks about himself and his realization.

In the swamp of adversities and desert of children’s problems, he stands like a banyan tree.

In the midst of barbed obstacles, he becomes a flower bed.

Although he exists under the mighty skies;

In times of turmoil he becomes bigger than the universe.

He is, he was, and he always will be my kind and greatest Father!!

Dr. Ajay Garg ©