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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 Special Events and Radio Guests April 27 & 29 and May 5th!

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Here are the upcoming events and the World Poetry Café Radio Show guests! Radio shows: Thursdays, April 28, CFRO 100.5 FM . Guests: Carla Evans and  Raoul Fernandez. 1-2 pm. Phone  poem from India Vani Pradeep for National Poetry Month. CLICK HERE!

May 5, guests:  Dr. Ajay Garg, poet in Hindi and English, author and Ehud Asherie,  jazz pianist on tour.

World Poetry New Westminster Celebrates National Poetry Month and Spring!, April 27th, 6:30-8:30 pm. New Westminster Public Library

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April 29the Media Lab,  Richmond  Cultural Centre. Richmond, BC.

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Rapping Afghan: an intimate evening of film, poetry and music”Friday April 29th    7:30 pm – 9:00pm, Richmond Media Lab,7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond BC Canada.Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Ying Wang.
First event of Cinevolution’s year around Media Cafe series and part of the national Asian Heritage Month activities, Rapping Afghan brings films, poetry and music together to highlight the Afghan art and culture.  Come with your art to this intimate evening of sharing and celebration.

Poetry by Wida Tausif and others. Need  musicians,  artists, readers in Farsi , poets in other languages. Please register: ariadnes@uniserve.ca.

The Street Wolves
Special Afghan Films: Rahmat Haidari’s film Street Wolves,  and  RAP Under the Skin of Afghanistan , a brand new film by Sharif Saedi

Event Partners: Cinevolution, http://www.cinevolutionmedia.com/
World Poetry, www.worldpoetry.ca VAHMS , https://explorasian.org/,  Richmond Media Lab http://www.richmond.ca/culture/cultural-centre/medialab/about.htm

 

 

World Poetry Celebrates Producer Selwyn Jacob & The Ninth Floor!

Celebrating Black History Month!

Reprinted from TAN, The Afro News, http://www.theafronews.com/

A must see film and special interview with Selwyn Jacob!

The Ninth Floor, a powerful film of race relations and history, produced by the well known Selwyn Jacob; written and directed by Mina Shum will be shown at the Vancity Theatre, www.viff.org/ February 15-16 at 6:30 pm. Please go see the film!

The Ninth Floor was voted as one of the Top Ten Canadian film and is now showing across Canada.

This 81-minute documentary Ninth Floor revisits the infamous 1969 Sir George Williams Riot at Montreal’s Concordia University, a watershed moment in Canadian race relations. More than four decades later, Shum takes us back to one of the most contested episodes in the nation’s history and listens as protagonists in Trinidad and Montreal set the record straight and lay their burden down. Ninth Floor is written and directed by Mina Shum, produced by Selwyn Jacob and executive produced by Shirley Vercruysse for the NFB’s Pacific and Yukon Centre in Vancouver.”

I was honoured to be able to interview Selwyn Jacob, the producer of the Ninth Floor, who has worked with the National Film Board since 1997 at their Pacific and Yukon Studio in Vancouver and whose mission has been to educate the public through film. The Ninth Floor is one such example.

During the interview with Mr. Jacob, several important points emerged:

The long term connection of the producer to the film, which in some ways has been parallel to his life; the need to portray a balanced and unbiased depiction of the events of the occupation, the ability to make the film now using a Canadian perspective and to get the support needed that he would not be able to get in the 1970’s to make the film.

In addition, the Ninth Floor shows how the participants and the descendents were affected after the event in during the 1969 Sir George Williams Riot. They are still carrying the burden of their experiences of the event. One other element raised in the film was that hateful words do great damage and remain in the mind, long after the event has passed.

In addition, Selwyn Jacob had the following suggestions on improving racial relations:

*Do not prejudge people based on dress or accent. * Be tolerant of others. * Be self reflective in your interactions. *Use the 9th Floor as a cautionary tale.

I would like to thank Selwyn Jacob for his wisdom and insights during the interview.

Mr. Jacob says: “I’ve wanted to make Ninth Floor ever since I became a filmmaker, some forty years ago. I’ve always felt a direct connection to the events at Sir George Williams. I, too, immigrated to Canada from the Caribbean in the late 1960s, and I could easily have ended up in Montreal alongside those students. And with the passage of time, I’ve come to realize how the story resonates for all Canadians.”  Selwyn Jacobs, Producer of the 9th Floor.

Selwyn Jacob has produced close to 50 NFB films such as Crazywater, directed by the Inuvialuit filmmaker Dennis Allen; Hue: A Matter of Colour, a co-production withSepia Films, directed by Vic Sarin; Mighty Jerome, written and directed by Charles Officer; and the digital interactive project Circa 1948, by Vancouver artist Stan Douglas. Released in 2010, Mighty Jerome addresses issues of race and nationalism while paying tribute to Harry Jerome.  One of the His recent credits include Ninth Floor, a feature documentary about the infamous Sir George Williams Riot of 1969. Written and directed by the acclaimed director Mina Shum, it’s a story that Jacob has wanted to bring to the screen for decades.

Sources: The National Film Board, the Afro News and the interview with Mr. Jacob.