The World Poetry Café Radio Show welcomed our popular co-host and noted author Diego Bastianutti , November 29 , 1:00 PM PST in a special launch of his new book, Lost in Transit now available on Amazon. It shows the effect on changing countries as well as when he met his wife, she rescued him from being lost.
Also on the show, at 1:40 PM PST Darrel Katz with his new CD, Rats on No Evil Star , a beautiful combination of music and a tribute to his late wife the talented poet Paula Tatarunis .
The opening poem ACADEMIC TESTS by Sahaj Sabharwal, who is a student. He writes: “I love writing poems and thoughts. I am from Jammu city, Jammu and Kashmir, India.” His poem was read by our great tech Victor Schwartzman who keeps our show on the air.
We would also like to welcome three new countries to our listening audience: Bhutan, Melawi and Kazakhstan bringing our total to 118.
Diego Bastianutti, from Fiume, Italy, has crossed many borders separating States as well as “states of being.” He is at ease with various languages and cultures. A retired Professor of Spanish and Italian literature, and former Honorary Vice Consul of Italy.The recent joint exhibition on the theme of Vancouver Downtown Eastside has been received in Vancouver and in Italy with deep sensitivity and appreciation.
He has received wide recognition here and abroad for his work as a writer, poet and translator. Among his works he counts five volumes of poetry and his awarded book A Major Selection of the Poetry of Giuseppe Ungaretti. Currently he is a Canadian correspondent for an Italian literary magazine in San José, Costa Rica, and a member of various writers’ associations. His writings have become material of study in a graduate course offered at the University of Toronto. A forthcoming book published by the University of Toronto Press will feature an entire chapter on Bastianutti the poet and writer.
Above the Horizon
In never-ending thirst
the desert dances on thorns of love
shadows upon shadows entwining
flesh over enfolding flesh
She lets him take her like the night
swallows the sun in the lunar tidal heartbeat
with his sky planted in her body
she howls like the moon melting into the sea
a lashing whip, a swirl of colors
on its fevered tip
Becalmed she brings him in
whispering his name
as he reads forgotten messages
on her veined wrists
©Diego Bastianutti. All rights reserved by the author