World Poetry Proudly Presents Steve Duncan From Canada!

The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts  Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota proudly welcomed S.R. Duncan, poet, community arts builder, publisher and organizer.

World Poetry Canada International, World Poetry New Westminster and World Poetry Vancouver would like to thank Steve for his ongoing mentorship and support started so many years ago. He is truly a hero! Also, great thanks to Israel who translates into Spanish a poem by the featured poet each week.

Music by featured musician Anthony Blackman, Steel Pan player, Terry Warbey and Rene Hugo Sanchez. More photos later as soon as I can figure out how to upload them.




S.R. Duncan is a producer, publicist, free-lance writer, and poet.  He was long-time owner of Pink Flamingo Works, a graphic design and small press publishing house in operation for 12 years and specializing in literary chapbooks and promotional material for limited budgets. 

Duncan’s broadcast career began In 1980. While still in high school, he wrote, directed and performed sketch comedy routines for “Community Fries” a Friday night event on Shaw TV’s Community Access station in the City of Duncan on Vancouver Island.

His broadcasting credits include CKNW, CITR, Rogers Cable 4, CJSF and CO-OP radio, where he produced a weekly half hour radio show called “WAX POETIC” for 12 years.

On top of numerous publishing credits, he has performed live on stages as far-flung and diverse as Squamish, Victoria, Seattle, Auburn and Portland. 

He has sat on the boards of Vancouver Poetry House, and East Vancouver’s Notorious Theatre in the Raw.  He was the president of  the Celtic Fest Vancouver Society and the Edgewise Electrolit Centre – a non-profit society with a mandate was to exploit communications technology in order to widen the audience of Canadian poetry.

His executive production credentials include the Downtown Eastside Fearless Festival, The Poets Corner at Word on the Street and Spoken Word Coordinator for CelticFest Vancouver.

In 2003, via the internet, Duncan collaborated with musician Massimo Mariani, from Milan Italy, to produce a CD and launch the work as part of the Vancouver New Music Festival – with Mariani in attendance. Drawing from both his extensive work experience as a healthcare administrator and his formal training in Arts and Entertainment Management from Capilano University, then combining these with his innate love for all things creative, positive and progressive, Duncan has blazed a unique trail for himself as a Vancouver Arts community builder and a mentor to dozens of artists and small non-profits, specializing in literary-based entertainers, theatre companies and festivals. Recently he helped develop a half-hour TV talk show for Shaw Cable called “Via Mia”. 

Science fiction icon, Ray Bradbury calls his work, “fine poetry.

Sometimes There Is a Wind

a very old breath of wind
pushes its way across the water
from the East,
slips through windows I believed safe to leave open;
through the front door
I leave regularly unlocked.

It is a chilling wind
that takes me by an icy hand
like a good friend with bad news
or a beautiful dream with dark edges..

This wind is heavy
with the smell of burning candle
and printer’s ink.

It is the mouldering breath of
old book and ancient traditions
the smell of gas
and decay
and brimstone
and boot leather,
and fear.

I’d figured its sound was that of leaves
and nothing more.
But i wasn’t listening.

The leaves are only borrowed tongues
from all the kindled spirits
of the children and the old and young men and women,
of all my relations…

This wind carries music -
endlessly sad,
straining against time itself
the pluck and scrape of heartstrings
bent and plied into minor chords

It has blown through the cord-wood stacks of bodies;
through fluted rib of cage
and castanet of teeth.

And there once was an old woman
who tried to take up a chorus with this wind
a lament for everything she had lost?

A petition to remember all the songs and those who sang them?
Or maybe just a fleeting, careless moment
a rare stretch of thought unshackled from hurt
when the words and notes return unexpectedly.

But her old husband stopped her,
and forbade her to sing them,
Was he afraid of this wind
and the empty houses it wound through?

Afraid that dark time might heave up again
brought on by her lilting incantations,

his time
Destiny not missing him with its sickle.
Or was he still trying to wash the blood off his own hands.
God gave her a song
that men dared not let her sing.

This wind enters my bedroom,
crawls slowly over me,
gently tugs at my lashes
and softy scratches at my eyelids,
tickles my sleeping ear,

washes through memory and dream
until both are muddy.
It settles between my lover and I
like a hard lump growing in a tender place
inside us.

and we wish we could just forget”
and that that would be enough to make it disappear.
But the wind carries rumours
of knowledge and beauty being transmuted
into ash and greasy black smoke.

And i know that I rewrite history every day
with my brush and pen.
And that the permanence of canvas and paper
is the biggest lie I’ve lead myself on with.

I know that all the bold colour
and bright sound I can make
will eventually lie impotent
and this wind will fill
the empty spaces again.

© 2010 Steven R. Duncan

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World Poetry Proudly Presents Benjamin Tetteh Oku from Ghana !

Ariadne’s notes: World Poetry Canada International is proud to present a talented poet who has been waiting for a long time to go on the www.worldpoetry site. We are glad to feature him here!

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From a humble begining of a little boy who was both forced and encouraged to read, write and recite childhood poems and rhymes; Benjamin Tetteh Oku has grown into a compelling author poet and business
executive, who comes to the table with must-read books, analysis, summaries, poems and profit-worthy ideas

Benjamin went to high school education at Swedru
Secondary School and St.John’s Grammar school respectively. He then proceeded to the premiere Laboratory Technicians Institute. He has also trained at the Ghana School of Marketing where he cut his marketing and business teeth.

As a committed Christian of the Anglo Catholic faith, he loves to sing with the choir.

He loves to read and analyse works of other people, as well as write his own.


Benjamin has had countless opportunities to perform on different platforms including the National Center For Arts and Culture,Alliance Français, the British Council and many others.All in Ghana.His works and exploits have also attracted like minded talents to collaborate and perform with him beyond the borders of his homeland GHANA.

He is a member of World Poetry Canada International and the Philippines respectively and has won an Inspiration Poet Award in the year 2013 in

He is the chief executive officer of Albaleen Enterprise, a fast growing business statement in GHANA And He is single…


May my coming generation
be told
True lights
Are better than shadows
when offences made me sad,

tempered with justice made
me glad

O may they be told
War falls with their morning

And peace reside on their lips
as morning psalm

O may they be told
grievance ne’er attuned my

O’er all,

My best part
O may they be told
In my home


Even in my perfect praise
O may they be told

In absolution from past days

With purity and inward peace
in haste

O may they be told
Their generations to raise
Honour this word ‘peace’

For the shades of the night
has fallen

Fallen in the fiery beams of
the burning flames

Fallen down the suns
declining rays.

So walk ye all

In the morning light and

Even in unity of primal might
With a peace song

while I’m gone
May they be told

believed in peace
And to them

So I

Benjamin Oku (C)

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World Poetry Proudly Presents Author Ruth Kozak from Canada!







The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota were honoured to host an exceptional, facinating show with empowered Ruth Kozak the author of the up coming historical novel Shadow of the Lion.

Also in this fascinating program was an e-poem be World Poetry Director Saleh Mazumder,  “Martyr’s Night” in honour of Mother Language Day, beautiful ancient Greek music and Bach background music by YoYo Mah on the cello. To check it out, LISTEN HERE!

A SHADOW OF THE LION – W. Ruth Kozak’s forthcoming debut historical novel, SHADOW OF THE LION, is due out this SUMMER 2014 and MEDIAARIA CDM are very pleased to announce that this epic work will be released in two parts. To read the Press Release and learn more, visit:

A message from Ruth’s publisher:


With the fan base of Alexander the Great themed historical book, SHADOW OF THE LION, counting among its numbers the Consul General of Greece in Vancouver, Ilias Kremmydas, best selling author Steven Pressfield (‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’ and ‘Gates of Fire’) and fellow historical novelists, Scott Oden (‘Men of Bronze’) and John Dempsey (‘Ariadne’s Brother’), all eager to read the work by W. Ruth Kozak, MEDIAARIA CDM are pleased to announced that SHADOW OF THE LION is timetabled to be published in two parts.

Extensively researched in Greece with the support of Classical scholars, the Greek Ministry of Culture, the Society of Macedonian Studies (Thessaloniki), the Finnish Institute in Athens, the Norwegian Institute of Athens and with research undertaken in the Gennadius Library and the British Library, SHADOW OF THE LION will comprise of Book I, titled ‘Blood on the Moon’ and Book II, titled ‘The Fields of Hades’. Mutually agreed by both the author and publisher, it was felt that both these titles possess the quality of conveying (in the words of W. Ruth Kozak) “strong foreshadowing that will draw people into the story.”

Set in the aftermath of the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC, and against the backdrop of political intrigue, ruthless ambition, racial prejudice, child abuse and exploitation, SHADOW OF THE LION follows the journey of the newly appointed joint-kings, Alexander’s half-brother Philip Arridaios and his infant son, Iskander (Alexander IV) through Asia Minor to Macedon, until the year 310 BC when tragedy marks the end of Alexander’s dynasty.

To be a part of this literary event and join the ‘Shadow of the Lion’ open social network group on Facebook, click here.

To keep updated with posts from W. Ruth Kozak via the dedicated ‘Shadow of the Lion’ blog, click here.

To read more about the creation of this thrilling novel in a recent interview with the author given to FTP Magazine (the free online magazine from MEDIAARIA CDM) click here.

SHADOW OF THE LION is the first historical novel by W. Ruth Kozak to be published by MediaAria CDM. Book I ‘Blood on the Moon’ is due for release Summer 2014 and Book II ‘Fields of Hades’ in 2016.

Bio :RUTH KOZAK is a historical fiction writer, sometimes poet and travel journalist with a strong interest in history and archaeology. A frequent traveler she has lived several years in Greece and visits there regularly. She edits and publishes a travel e-zine TRAVEL THRU HISTORY  Her historical fiction novel, “Shadow of the Lion” about the fall of Alexander the Great’s dynasty, will be published in UK in 2014 by Media Aria- CDM Publishers. .  Read here author’s profile here:   and on the blog site for SHADOW OF THE LION:


Blogs:  (writer’s blog)

        (travel blog)

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World Poetry Proudly Presents Kathy Figueroa From Canada!

Ariadne’s notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota were honoured to welcome Kathy Figueroa to the show.  Background music by Bach, feature song by David Campbell, 2004 World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, welcome song by  Valerie Cardill.  To LISTEN TO THE SHOW

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Kathy Figueroa is a Canadian, poet, photographer, and freelance writer.  Born in a small town in a mountainous region of southern British Columbia, she has resided in Ontario for many years and currently lives in the Bancroft area, which is known as “Cottage Country.”

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As of early 2014, two collections of her poetry, “Paudash Poems” (2012), and “Flowertopia” (2014), have been published by Brian Wrixon Books.  In 2012, she also produced nine small collections of poetry in chapbook form, as well as one short play.  Newspaper readers in and around Bancroft have been familiar with her articles since early 2004 and have been regularly entertained by her often humorous, old-fashioned style of verse ever since the day her first submitted poem, “Springtime In Paudash,” graced the pages of The Bancroft Times newspaper, back in May, 2006.  Kathy’s work has also appeared in numerous other publications, both print and online, locally, nationally, and internationally.  To date, her                                                                 poems  have been included in twenty poet anthologies.

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Keenly interested in promoting local culture, Kathy has been actively organizing different events featuring poetry and often music, including a monthly group for poetry, short story, and theatrical play enthusiasts.  Harkening back to the days of the pioneers, when the recitation of poems served as entertainment at social events, Kathy enjoys staging public poetry readings and often entertains the folks at a local seniors’ retirement home.



When not engaged in literary pursuits, Kathy likes to spend time working in and photographing her extensive flower gardens.  This latter endeavor has resulted in many of the photographs accompanying the poems in her most recent book, “Flowertopia.”  Cycling, hiking, and spending time outdoors, in general, are among her favourite pastimes.  Links to some online examples of her work can be found on her blog: and she can be contacted by e-mail at:

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~by Kathy Figueroa

As I stood and gazed at the nighttime sky,

A sputnik, a satellite, caught my eye.

It travelled in a slow and graceful arc;

A small and bright point of light in the dark.


Spellbound and transfixed I watched it with awe

And marvelled at the wondrous sight I saw.

It epitomized man’s inventive flair,

Traversing the sky, so high in the air.


Then, as eastward, through the heavens it flew,

The roof of my house obscured it from view

When, at last, it was hidden from my sigh

Nothing else broke the stillness of the night.


As the beauty of the sky wove its spell

Into a dreamlike reverie I fell.

I basked in the radiance of each star,

The twinkling light from so very far.


I turned to look where the satellite passed,

Where, high over my roof, I saw it last.

Then nearly fell over from sudden fright

When, once more I spotted that satellite!


It crested the roof from the other side! 

With ease, through the air, it appeared to glide

And it seemed to be coming ..straight at me

I thought, “Yikes!  How could this possibly be?”


I was enveloped by a wave of fear.

As I stared at the strange light drawing near.

My heart raced, my mind reeled, I thought “Oh, no

This must be some type of small U.F.O.!”


As though in a dream, no longer awake,

I pondered what sort of action to take.

But the light veered away and flew on by

..And then I saw it was …a firefly!

(This poem was published in The Bancroft Times newspaper on August 1, 2013, and in the Bancroft This Week newspaper on August 22, 2013

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World Poetry Presents the Authors of the Award Winning One Great Year!

ariadne_face_halfszAriadne’s notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota welcomed the amazing and beautiful authors of the new award winning novel One Great Year, Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio.

The show was dedicated to World Poetry Empowered Award Winner  First Nations Elder Amelia Barney who passed away suddenly. The World Poetry Family mourns her passing and send blessings and love to her family and friends from around the world.

An e-poem for Pete Seeger by author Jim Hart was read and the music include works from Rene Hugo Sanchez and World Poetry Life Time Achievement Award Winner David Campbell. To listen to this fascinating show, one of our best CLICK HERE!









Rene DeFazio is an accomplished actor, screenwriter and producer with countless film and television roles and commercials and print ads to his credit. Rene wrote, directed and produced a travel show that saw him immersed in exotic locations like Kenya, Egypt and the Seychelles. His adventures and experiences as a world traveler were instrumental in creating One Great Year, his continual and tireless research and firsthand knowledge of international locations, customs, sights and smells brought this epic story to life.

Tamara Veitch is a lifelong writer, artist and mother. She attended Simon Fraser University, where she studied English and Psychology, and is a strong public speaker. Tamara worked in the fashion industry full-time for seven years while attending college; she later worked as a Special Education Assistant in a primary school before leaving to have children and launching her own mural painting business. She never stopped writing; always sure that the next great American novel was at the tip of her fingers, waiting to be released.









An excerpt from the beginning of the book:

Abridged Draft: One Great Year by Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio. Canada.

One Great Year.  The Weary Traveler.


How many lives had he lived? Maxwell Quinn could hardly count them. He had died and been reborn repeatedly; but the rise and fall of human existence wasn’t simple. It followed patterns, and those patterns repeated roughly every twenty-six thousand years. Plato had called it the “Great Year” and Quinn knew the ancient concept well. The Gold, Silver, and Bronze Ages had all come before, and had descended into this dark Iron Age. Quinn searched the night sky, knowing that the precession of the stars was truly a clock. He hoped that the most difficult time in his obligation was over, give or take a few hundred years.

Quinn was not only looking for proof that the Dark Age was ending, but he was also tracking other Atitalans — Emissaries like himself from the ancient land who had been sent to guide humankind in its evolution. Many of the Emissaries were healers, musicians, scientists, artists, or teachers. They were the way-showers, laying clues for those who cared enough to seek knowledge. He could identify fellow Emissaries by their auras, a karmic code that differentiated them like fingerprints. Seeing auras was no special skill. Quinn just knew how to see.

In Atitala, Quinn’s name had been Marcus, and his Marcus-brain — a deep, ancient consciousness — was awake within him, constantly guiding, educating, and urging him to duty. Atitalan Emissaries had been sent to rebuild the world when the last Golden Age had ended. He assumed the others were active and contributing. He was confident that they, unlike him, were not floundering, disgruntled, and stoned.

For the first twenty years of his adulthood, Quinn had tried to ignore the obligation that weighed on him. He had traveled the world searching for an elusive spirit, one he had loved deeply beyond all others. Quinn’s Marcus-brain urged him to seek out his soul mate, Theron, as he had for centuries. Despite his searching, Theron had not been found — not this time, not yet.

One Great Year is the culmination of a lifetime of learning, living and loving for both the authors.. It is set for Canadian release in July 2013 [Red Tuque Books] and U.S. release in October 2013 [Greenleaf Book Group].Find One Great Year on Twitter, Facebook and at along with a free mini e-book.

Tamera and Rene sent us breaking  news: “We are excited to announce that the Novel, One Great Year, by Vancouver area authors Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio, will be FEATURED at the pre- Academy Awards Festivities! Our L.A. production team is presenting One Great Year in the Roger Neal, Style Hollywood Oscar Suite, from February 25th to 27th. This is the most famous gifting suite visited by celebrities and industry people in the week leading up to the Academy Awards. It is held in the Penthouse Suite of the Luxe Hotel on Rodeo Drive.


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Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio will also be appearing at the Vancouver Wellness Show from, Feb. 14-16, speaking Saturday and Sunday and hosting a booth.

Please visit for a synopsis of the novel, media page, author bio, reviews, free mini e-book give away (Secrets of the Ancients: The Inspirations for One Great Year) and MORE!”



Sources: Janice S. Staub, B.A., P.F.P. Tamara Veitch and Sarah Miniaci / SMITH Publicity, Inc.

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