Ariadne’s Notes: World Poetry Celebrates our partner the Lincoln Poetry Club with the first two award winning poets . World Poetry was honoured to welcome them and feature their first two poets whose poems were read on the World Poetry Café Radio Show.
A message from the coordinator Alan Lowe :
“The Poets Club of Lincoln holds an Open Mic the second Sunday of each month, January through November. The program begins with a 30-40 minute presentation by a guest poet followed by an intermission with refreshments. After the break, all poets in attendance may read up to three poems, depending on the number of poets who wish to read. Poets come from Lincoln and surrounding areas. Alan Lowe has been the Coordinator of the Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest, presented by the club, for ten years. He is responsible for setting up the contest to begin in April— National Poetry Month—publicizing it and the special event held in October at which winning poets read their poems, coordinating and serving as host/moderator of the event, and designing, putting together, and publishing the chapbook of winning poetry.”
First award winning poem on the show.
Love Is Where You Find It by Jeanie Robertson:
Jeanie Robertson has written poetry since she was in grammar school. She is one of five generations of rhyming poets. They have self-published two books and are doing the final editing on the third book. Jeanie has been published in a local monthly paper many times in the last 15 years. She writes simple poetry about everyday life that is easily identifiable. Writing is her favorite hobby.
LOVE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT She was a chihuahua mix A terrier mix was he They had lived together With a growing family.
Until one day a moving van Took everything away. They were not part of the plan So they were left to stray.
Life was hard and they were sad But true love kept them strong They would be “forever friends” Like lyrics in a song.
A couple one day walking Took home the little strays And life forever after Would be their favorite days.
Their people must live somewhere Near this family neighborhood And someone may be frantic If these pets are gone for good.
It seemed no one was looking For this little girl and guy And the couple who were walking Couldn’t help but wonder why.
The pups continued following Them right to their front door, Their little tails wagging, As tho they’d been here before.
These caring people took them in Perhaps they’d find a clue To whom the friendly pups belonged And what next they should do.
The dogs did not have collars No ID tags where they live The couple knew these little ones Had so much love to give.
These kind people, were Beth and Bud, Intent to find the home Of precious little furry friends Left on the streets to roam.
Beth checked with the authorities For ID chips within But seems they never had them Buried deep beneath their skin.
Then Beth and Bud put flyers All around the neighborhood But nobody responded… Now the dogs were theirs for good!
They named them Chance and Sadie Living there, but the best part? The dogs now have A SECOND CHANCE And family with a heart.
by Jeanie Robertson, Award winning poem, Lincoln Club. (C) All rights reserved.
Second award winning poet with her poem:
Kathleen Ward was born in Lockport, NY, but moved to California at the age of 12. She graduated from the California State University at Sacramento with a degree in English, and taught junior high school in Los Banos, CA, for twenty-five years. She is a member of the Poets Club of Lincoln, CA and has won several awards for her poetry. She is now retired and living in Lincoln, CA, where she spends her time writing poetry and fiction when she is not busy traveling or playing with her grandchildren.
If I Had A Second Chance I would have given a dollar Or a hamburger To the homeless woman Huddled by the off-ramp, Her eyes and face as droopy As her worn-out cardboard sign. I would have held doors open For people even when They did not need the help And I would remember to Thank those who took the time To open doors for me. I would have stopped to answer My three-year-old’s question, Even though it was The twentieth time she’d asked one In the past ten minutes And I’d answered them all before. I would have tape-recorded My grandma’s stories The ones I loved when growing up, So that my children could hear Them in Grandma’s words, and bask In the sweet tones of her voice. I would have spent more time Walking on the beach at sunrise Hiking dark trails through the woods Picking wildflowers by the roadside Dancing with butterflies Laughing with old friends. If I had a second chance.
by Kathleen Ward, Lincoln, CA (C) All rights reserved by theauthor.
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show, August 9, CFRO 100.5 FM welcomed the great musician and singer, Allegra Levy’ at 1:30 PM, PST. The CD is lovely, with the focus being on the mysterious moon, romantic and enticing. She is rising young New York-based singer-songwriter with a new album Looking at the Moon by SteepleChase Records. https://www.allegralevy.com/
WP Team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA, host and producer, Victor Swartzman, sound engineer, Sharon Rowe, special volunteer. Music by Andy Vine and Allegra Levy. Thanks to Braithwaite and Katz publicists.
Rising young New York-based singer-songwriter Allegra Levy’s new album Looking at the Moon is out TODAY (June 15, 2018) via SteepleChase Records. On her third release Levy – known as a “double-barreled talent” (JazzTimes) for both her vocalism and song-writing – turns to songs written by others, with a unifying theme: the moon.
Looking at the Moon features 13 much-loved odes to the shimmering orb, from “Blue Moon” and “Paper Moon” to the inimitable “No Moon at All.” Her collaborators on the new record are bassist Tim Norton and her longtime accompanist Carmen Staaf, plus rising guitarist Alex Goodman.
Vocalist Allegra Levy brings fresh interpretations to songs with a lunar theme on her third album Looking at the Moon
“Levy’s music is sophisticated, worldly and swinging, with a wide range of tonal colors and moods not unlike Portland’s Pink Martini. Levy’s voice is one we should expect to hear from for a long time.”— Mike Hamad, Hartford Courant
“Her lyrics are uncommonly smart, full of striking imagery and a pervasive angst. As all first-rate jazz vocalists do, she sings in character, word by word, line by line.” — Alan Young, New York Music Daily
The usual way to start a jazz vocal career is to stick with standards, trilling and scatting in the well-traveled tracks of great singers who have come before. Rising young New York-based singer-songwriter Allegra Levy eschewed that approach on her acclaimed first two albums, which consisted almost entirely of original compositions. Now, with her third release, she turns to songs written by others, with a unifying theme: the moon.
Looking at the Moon, due June 15, 2018 on SteepleChase Records, features 13 much-loved odes to the shimmering orb, from “Blue Moon” and “Paper Moon” to the inimitable “No Moon at All.”
With her new album Looking at the Moon, Levy abandons her autobiographical “city” theme, setting her sights out of this world, but also, in another respect, on more familiar ground. “I was a little bit nervous about doing a record that was not original works because I’m still trying to develop my voice as a composer,” the 28-year-old Levy admits. “But I’ve always wanted to do this moon-themed thing. For some reason, people seem to write really good tunes when it comes to the elusive moon.”
Levy concedes that there is nothing all that novel when it comes to singing about the moon. Frank Sinatra didn’t just fly us to the moon, for example; he recorded an entire album about it. Yet the lunar sphere has long fascinated Levy. She was moonstruck from an early age. “The first thing that my mom used to sing to me when I was a young child was ‘Moonshadow,’” she recalls. Cat Stevens’ 1970 pop hit proved to be more than a hip lullaby for her. It was love at first sound.
The first song Levy ever performed publicly in her native Connecticut, as a teenager, was “How High the Moon,” one of Ella Fitzgerald’s signature tunes. Later, when required to create a big-band chart for her senior thesis at New England Conservatory, she chose Henry Mancini’s “Moon River.” She closed most of her gigs with that song for years and has adapted it for the opening track. “There was no real reason for any of these moon connections,” she says. “They just seemed to appear in every phase of my life.”
**Gobi Desert, where our wonderful WP Advisor Sendoo Hadda writes his poems in the summer.
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show, August 9, CFRO 100.5 FM welcomed the talented poet Kevin Morris from the UK at 1:10 PM, PST Website – https://newauthoronline.com and rising young New York-based singer-songwriter Allegra Levy’s new album Looking at the Moon is out SteepleChase Records. https://www.allegralevy.com/ She will be on the next feature. WP Team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA, host and producer, Victor Swartzman, sound engineer, Sharon Rowe, special volunteer. Music by Andy Vine and Allegra Levy. Thanks to Braithwaite and Katz publicists.
Note from Kevin: “I am pleased to be able to let you know that “The Writer’s Pen” is now available, in the Amazon Kindle store for preorder and can be found here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GD1LBMV/ “
“I was born in Liverpool (UK) on 6 January 1969. I lost the majority of my eyesight at 18-months-old due to a blood clot.I am a braille user and have happy memories of leafing through “The Oxford Book of English Verse” and other poetry collections in the school library. (I attended The Royal School for the Blind, followed by Saint Vincent’s School for the Blind, both of which still exist and are located in Liverpool). I read history and politics at University College Swansea and graduated with a BA (joint hons) and a MA in political theory. During my time at Swansea I participated in the student’s sailing club and have pleasant memories of swimming in the sea when the boat capsized! In 1994 I moved to London where I now live and work. I began writing poetry seriously in 2012. Much of my poetry is inspired by the environment. I am lucky enough to live close to an historic park in the Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace area (a suburb of London).Being visually impaired I use Job Access with Speech or JAWS software which converts text into speech and braille enabling me to use a standard Windows computer or laptop. My collection of poems, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”, will be published in September 2018.”
The Writer’s Pen
You accuse me of hiding in my ivory tower. I answer that I have no power, Other than my pen Which when It scratches Sometimes catches The truth of the matter, Causing the fine porcelain Of your ideals to shatter, Revealing the stain Called human nature. For each man is a prater And the writer’s pen Can interpret the hearts of men.