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World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Carla Evans from Canada!

Ariadne’s notes: We were so pleased to welcome Carla Evans,  a talented poet and new World Poetry member to the World Poetry Café Radio Show on April 28th, (CFRO 100.5 FM) Due to so many needing to come into the show or call in, I have chosen to feature each of the three guests individually. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio show !

Our radio team: Ariadne Sawyer, Host and producer, Neall Ryon, co-host and sound engineer, Victor  Schwartzman

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Carla Evans has been writing in a variety of genres most of her life, mainly for enjoyment. She is a retired Elementary School teacher, librarian and counsellor, having had a variety of jobs before those years.  Carla has written two educational books in the nineties, entitled, “Developing with PhotoWorks; Fun, Fantasy, Thoughtfulness, Future”, and “PhotoLinks: the Picture Connection”, both published by Lugus Productions, Ltd.  Recently, her poem, “People Streams” was published in India, in an Anthology entitled,  “XX1 Century World Literature” by IICA Inter Continental. Some of her poems have also been published in RCLAS e-zine, in the last two years. Carla has a large, active family that keeps her happily busy and writing when not housekeeping, gardening, reading, walking, visiting friends, and sometimes traveling.

River Walks.

One sunny day when

News of world looked

worse than simply grim

A lovely mother smiled at me

along the river walk

She asked about the meaning

of a large mysterious art

“What really is that?” Shy, she asked

But soon tears welled within

“I am so scared!”, she told me then

“You see, I’m from Iraq

The t.v.news so worries me

though I’ve been here quite long

My son, well, he is ten right now

I worry so for him”

Her English was quite fine just then

“But I’m so scared of danger now!

Will this scare ever end?”

“I hope so and expect it will”

I soothed this mother kind

Yet deep inside my wishes were

To tell her more, in time

 

We chatted and exchanged first names

She’d finished art school once

I let her know some art group names

She added them to phone

We thought for sure we’d meet again

Small note still holds her name

I taped it on my desk at home

And noticed calls within

That echoed waves of river tides

Where seeds of purpose stirred

We parted from the river shore

And hoped we’d meet again

 

Then once again Fear spoke to me

I’d seen the young man once

Along the walk, we’d said hello,

Then there he was again

He’d run behind my steadfast walk

And stopped me just to chat

I listened well, felt strong his fear

He said it still takes time:

He can’t believe that in our town

there’s nothing quite so great

Back home in place, Afghanistan

he’d felt strange numbing fear

He’d worked inside an office then

but windows made him cringe

Yet here, no worry for the worst

No guns, nor hollers, threats from guards

Or fear of unknown prison charge

For nothing ever clear, but fear

Back home were flowers in the Spring

and beauteous seasons too

They could no longer be enjoyed

He loved what grew here true

“And all I have to do here now,”

He said in disbelief

“Is work real hard, not break the law

And I’m okay, no fear. So free”

“That’s right”, I said, “do be content

and live your life with joy

Creating lasting peace on earth

needs happen soon for all

So keep your friendly ways and learn

Work well with freedom vow

I’ll come again, but not sure when

I hope to see you then”

We walked together to the spot

where flowers white bloomed bright

Pronounced each other’s names a while

But since, I’ve missed his friendly smile

I’ve not seen him again

 

Along the river, near our town

The worries of the young

Have left a mark upon my soul

And tied me closer to heart’s goal

To walk along more rivers far

Use words to open hearts

 

Climb hills, take steps

Join working hands

Till peace replaces fear

And people all, live free

 

Carla Evans (C)  April 29, 2016

 

 

World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Carmelo Militano from Canada!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with host and producer, Ariadne Sawyer, co-hosts Neall Ryon and Anita Aguirre Nieveras plus super engineer Victor Schwartzman welcomed the amazing poet Carmelo Militano with a preview of his new book :The Fate of Olives’.‘The Stone-Mason’s Notebook,’  a poetry collection, is to be released May, 2016 with Ekstasis Editions.  Also he had tips for beginning youth writers in response to a question asked by e-mail. Also featured:  a  beautiful love poem by Dr. Nihil Kallingal. To hear the show: CLICK HERE!
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Carmelo Militano is a poet, novelist, and essayist.
He is the winner of the 2004 F.G.Bressani award for the poetry collection ‘Ariadne’s Thread’.
He has since published another poetry collection’ Morning After You’ and a novel ‘Sebastian’s Vine’ both with Ekstasis Editions and a travelogue/family memoir ‘The Fate of Olives’.‘The Stone-Mason’s Notebook,’  a poetry collection, is to be released May, 2016 with Ekstasis Editions.

Paris

‘An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.’

      Friedrich Nietzsche

I idealize, like most people, North African sunsets

Poetry, Psychoanalysis, narrow cobble stone streets

Believe myself to be a Continental philosopher in a 50’s sort of way

Order a double espresso and a chocolate croissant

Use my reader reward card for the 10% discount

Tell pretty young woman in training

I am pretending its my first morning in Paris

When I took the metro from the Gare du Nord

And exchanged money into thick colourful francs

Do not believe what they say about Parisians

They are not always rude

There was a kind woman short and stout

Smiling alert eyes and glasses

Wearing a brown wool coat even though it was summer

She guided directed me to the St. Michel subway stop

How she knew I needed to be in the Latin Quarter

Add to the list of philosophical unknowable

Merge with the underground to arrive at the Place

Where green bronzed Michael the archangel

Stood in the alcove of the fountain

And two small winged dragons

Breathed swollen ragged edged water into a pool.

I wanted to be your newly arrived gypsy

You were no where to be found

Wandered the streets wearing a black sweater

Found at the entrance to the Tuileries Garden

And into a bar at midnight where a man and woman kissed

He felt my presence and whispered into her ear

‘Qu’est-ce que c’est’ as my pen scratched the surface of things

Into a graph lined notebook each square holding a tiny bit of emptiness

‘Un ecrivain,’ she replied

Back in my hotel room was the mystery of the bidet

Where I chilled my wine read Tropic of Cancer

Exhausted after my greedy walks through the streets

A flanuer of infinite thirst

Drunk on bruised coloured evening light and grey rooftops

I walked everywhere too poor for Les Deux Magots Café

Too shy to sit in such elegant leisure crossed legged reading

Or write in a journal that you remember the deep inhuman sound of the sea

Greeted every morning instead by the old concierge in the stairwell

‘Monsieur, vous etes tres gentil et un auteur’

 But not before I had seen a man with a step- ladder

 And a boy with a goat and tin drum coax it to the top

 A visual French metaphor for seduction if there ever was one

 In front of the cafe where I waited one last time

 Interpreted as a gentil ecrivain in the Latin Quarter

 Writing to a woman in a navy dress with white polka dots

 At the corner of Rue de l’Ancienne Comedie

 And Saint Andre des Arts

 From such stuff something is eventually made

 I said to the young woman at the till

 She smiled, lowered her eyes extended her hand

 Your change, sir.

By Carmelo Militano (C)

World Poetry Celebrates Canto America with Michael Spiro!

Ariadne’s Notes: An exciting and wonderful show on April 7th, 2016 ,welcomed Michael Spiro talking about their new CD Canto America  with a perfect mix of Latin American Jazz, Afro-Cuban music and North American jazz with as host and producer Ariadne Sawyer, Jazz co-host Neall Ryon and sound engineer Victor Schwartzman  on CFRO 100.5 FM  Featured e-poem by Monsif Beroual

To hear this special show: http://www.coopradio.org/content/world-poetry-caf%C3%A9-el-mundo-de-la-poesia-277

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Michael Spiro has performed on each of those nominated albums – a mere fraction of the literally hundreds of wide-ranging albums on which he has worked, which include GRAMMY-nominated albums by John Santos, pianist Mark Levine, and vocalist Karrin Allyson. (He has also performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Carlos Santana, and McCoy Tyner.) Internationally recognized for his expertise and his exploration of African and Latin rhythms, he has authored three books on Afro-Caribbean percussion. The first album under his own name, BataKetu (with Mark Lamson), released in 1996, was named by DRUM! Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Drum Records” of all time.

Wallace and Spiro met more than 30 years ago in San Francisco, forging a personal and professional relationship tempered by their shared interest in the music of Cuba. In 2008, Spiro joined the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at IU, and under his direction the percussion department grew from its emphasis on orchestral work to include the world’s rhythms. He soon began leading a Latin Jazz big band at the school, which used many of Wallace’s acclaimed arrangements, which led to a guest appearance with the band — and eventually to the school hiring Wallace as a professor in 2013.Wayne Wallace:In his four-decade career, San Francisco native Wayne Wallace has collaborated with artists ranging from Count Basie to Stevie Wonder, Sonny Rollins to Carlos Santana, Tito Puente to Lena Horne and Aretha Franklin – as sideman, composer, arranger, and producer. His debut album as a leader, 2000’s Three In One (Spirit Nectar), showcased his writing skills and his encyclopedic knowledge of Afro-Cuban rhythms, the result of years of music-making in the close-knit Bay Area jazz community, where Wallace has played an oversized role. He has earned particular notice for his approach to Latin Jazz, a vision shaped by his work with Latin Jazz percussion giants Pete Escovedo and John Santos, in whose Machete Ensemble he served as music director for more than 20 years. As leader of the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, he has received seven GRAMMY nominations to date, most recently for 2015’s Intercambio.  www.patoisrecords.com