World Poetry Celebrates Alan Girling!

Ariadne’s Notes:

World Poetry Café Radio Show  with hosts Ariadne Sawyer, Neall Ryon , super tech Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed the poet, host and writer, Alan Girling  on October 17th on CFRO 100.5 FM with music and poetry.

Tribute  music by Leonard Cohen
E-poem by Monsif Beroual.

TO HEAR THE SHOW: CLICK HERE!

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Alan Girling grew up in North Vancouver, lived in Japan for six years, and now lives in Richmond. He tends to write poetry, or occasionally, short fiction, non-fiction and drama. His work had been featured online, in journals and anthologies, on the radio, at local live readings, in shop windows and in one slim chapbook. Venues include Lichen Arts and Letters, Hobart, The MacGuffin, Smokelong Quarterly, Pagitica, FreeFall, Galleon, In My Bed, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Body Breakdowns, Blue Skies, Black Heart Magazine, Canadian Stories, CBC Radio, World Poetry, Poetic Justice and Surrey Muse. He was a finalist for the Larry Turner Award for Non-Fiction, had a play produced for Vancouver’s Walking Fish Festival and has received two first place prizes for poetry, one in the 2006 Vancouver Co-op Radio Community Dreams Contest and most recently in the 2015 Royal City Literary Arts Society Write On! Contest.

World Poetry Celebrates Candice James!

Ariadne’s Notes:

World Poetry Café Radio Show  with hosts Ariadne Sawyer, Neall Ryon , super tech Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed the talented Candice James , Poet Emerita of New Westminster, in a special Memorial Day Celebration on October 10th on CFRO 100.5 FM with music and poetry.

To hear this fascinating show and listen to the Poet Laureate Emerita:

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Candice James was Poet Laureate  of The City of New Westminster 2010-2016 and is currently Director of the Pacific Festival of the Book Society,  founder of Royal City Literary Arts Society;  “Poetic Justice”; “Poetry in the Park” and “Poetry New West. 

She is Past President of the Federation of British Columbia Writers and is a full member of The League of Canadian Poets . 

Candice is the recipient of World Poetry Empowered Poets Award; Bernie Legge Artist/Cultural award, Pandora’s Collective Citizenship award  and she is the author of 11 books of poetry.

A Special Poem:

Architects Of Liberty

(For the 100th anniversary of The Battle Of Vimy Ridge April 9, 2017)

 ©Candice James, Poet Laureate, New Westminster, BC CANADA

 

The spirits of the fallen soldiers,*

Ghostly sentinels of the Vimy Oaks, still stand on guard;

They witness the return of the acorns

And know they are remembered and held in high regard.

 

They live on in our memory

Those architects of liberty,

Who gave their lives at Vimy Ridge;

Victims of war’s sacrilege.

 

They set their boots on foreign land;

Canada’s sons on command.

Gunfire echoed overhead.

Men fell wounded; men fell dead.

 

Reverberating through the years:

The emptiness and the tears;

The stain of anguish and bloodshed;

The silent bodies of the dead.

 

They gave their lives to keep us free,

Those architects of liberty.

 

We wear the blood red poppy…

Lest We Forget.

 

  • Three thousand five hundred and ninety-eight (3,598) Canadian soldiers were killed during the battle of Vimy Ridge (April 9, 1917) but the result was an impressive victory over German forces. The “return of the acorns” acts as a reminder that their bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

 

 

World Poetry Celebrates Sarah Schulman!

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Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show  with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon, plus super engineer Victor Schwartzman  and volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed the talented author Sarah Schulman with her new book, Conflict is not Abuse on CFRO 100.5 FM November 3rd at 1:10 PM . A fascinating show with many listeners from around the world. E-poem by Richard Doiron and music by Bob Dylan and Mary Youngblood.  I believe that this is the best book I have read on this subject. To hear this special show:

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08 Covers.inddConflict is not Abuse by Sarah Schulman:

“From intimate relationships to global politics, Sarah Schulman observes a continuum: that inflated accusations of harm are used to avoid accountability. Illuminating the difference between Conflict and Abuse, Schulman directly addresses our contemporary culture of scapegoating. This deep, brave, and bold work reveals how punishment replaces personal and collective self-criticism, and shows why difference is so often used to justify cruelty and shunning. Rooting the problem of escalation in negative group relationships, Schulman illuminates the ways in which cliques, communities, families, and religious, racial, and national groups bond through the refusal to change their self-concept. She illustrates how Supremacy behaviour and Traumatized behaviour resemble each other, through a shared inability to tolerate difference. Sarah is the author of 18 books and his beginning a new mystery book soon.

This important and sure to be controversial book brings insight into contemporary and historical issues of personal, racial and geo-political difference, as tools of escalation towards injustice, exclusion and punishment, whether the objects of dehumanization are other individuals in our families or communities, African Americans at the hands of police, people with HIV, and Palestinians. Conflict Is Not Abuse is a searing rejection of the cultural phenomenon of blame, cruelty, and scapegoating, revealing how those in positions of power exacerbate and manipulate fear of the “other” to avoid facing themselves.

Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, www.arsenalpulp.com

“Reviews
With awesome brilliance and insight, Sarah Schulman offers readers new strategies to intervene on all relations of domination both personal and political. The core of this book provides ways to think and move beyond blaming and/or assuming victimhood — so that each of us may come to understand the role we assume in creating and sustaining conflicts in all our relations. Sharing myriad ways, critical vigilance can help us all understand that conflict need not be viewed as abuse, that essential distinctions may be made between the hurt we experience in conflict and the violence of abuse, Schulman offers a vision of mutual recognition and accountability that liberates. —bell hooks

It’s impossible to be invested in the world and not be invested in this groundbreaking and challenging book. From a position of artist and social critic, Sarah Schulman gives us a detailed and considered reading of some of our most overly determined and venomous conflicts. Conflict Is Not Abuse is a book to interrogate, ponder, and discuss. —Claudia Rankine

A compelling call out of call-out culture and everything that it messily dredges up, brings forward, and shunts away. —Canadian Art

Conflict is Not Abuse should prove to be essential reading for people interested in psychology, group dynamics, and social justice activism. —Global Comment

Schulman’s new work is a provocative rethinking of intimate and civil discourse for a rapidly shrinking world … a rallying cry for civil engagement and engaged civility. —Gay City News:

Sarah Schulman and Heather Love in conversation at BGSQD New York on November 5 (Nov 2016)”

Source:  Publisher Arsenal Pulp Press with great thanks to Cynara Geissler.