On February 1 , at 1:10 pm PST, the World Poetry Café Radio Show, CFRO 100.5 FM celebrated the new book of New Westminster Poet Laureate Emerita and talented poetess Candice James who shared a number of beautiful poems on water from her new book, The Water Poems. Also on the show was the internationally famous lipstick artist, Natalie Irish and a special peace poem by the renowned Nova Kerkeb. Music by Stan Rogers and Andrew Lion.
World Poetry Team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA, CC, Host and producer, Victor Swartzman , sound engineer and special volunteer Sharon Rowe.
Review by Trevor Carolan, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, English Dept., UFV for Candice James:
“One of BC’s indefatigable poets and literary spark-plugs, Candice James is prolific, exuberant, and writes grownup poetry that’s seen its share of dust and joy out on the road. A poet with the long view her work is nature observant, freighted with tenderness and shaped by traditional form as well as metrical invention. There’s no artifice here: what you see is what you get—James is a poet of direct experience and recollected emotion. Old love, the blessedness of rain, things broken too long to be fixed, or the blue stillness of eternity—all are netted by her unquenchable zeal for poetry. From her opening epigraph from Lao Tzu through images of a Captain Morgan kind of night that only long years in Canada can truly understand, the music of what happens is present here in every bittersweet refrain.”
Candice James, Poet Laureate Emerita New Westminster BC, is a writer, visual artist; musician; singer/songwriter; and workshop facilitator and reviewer. She is Past President of BC Federation of Writers, Past President of Royal City Literary Arts Society; Victoria; BC. Her artwork has appeared in Duende Magazine, University of Vermont: CQ Magazine; Wax, Poetry, Art Magazine, Canada, and her painting “Unmasked” appears on the front cover of issue one of SurVision Magazine, Ireland. Her awards include the Bernie Legge Artist Cultural Award and Pandora’s Collective Citizenship Award. She resides in New Westminster BC and is the author of 13 poetry books. For further information www.candicejames.com The new book is the Water Poems , a special themed book on water.