World Poetry Welcomes Dr. Diego Bastinutti With A Special Book Launch!


Ariadne’s Notes:  Please come to an  amazing book launch  by  Dr. Diego Bastianutti tomorrow, May 15th! You won’t regret it!

Listen to Diego , 9:45 pm, May 12th show. CLICK HERE!

Special Book Launch for The Bloody Thorn!
Friday, May 15, 7:00 pm “Il Museo” at Il Centro – Italian Cultural Centre 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver Book launch event: Diego Bastianutti’s “The Bloody Thorn” Poet and author Diego Bastianutti will be launching his fourth collection of poems, The Bloody Thorn (2014), featuring intensely beautiful poems of social criticism, love for the feminine mystery and grief-born catharsis.

Diego Bastianutti was born in Italy, completed his studies at the University of Toronto, and was a professor at Queen’s University (1970-96). Since his retirement he counts among his publications, A Major Selection of the Poetry of Giuseppe Ungaretti, in 1997, winner of the “1998 John Glassco Prize”; his third poetry collection, For a Fistful of Soil /Per un pugno di terra, was awarded the 2008 International Literary Prize Scritture di frontiera. His prize-winning poems and short stories have been featured in various literary journals and anthologies in the Americas and in Europe. Currently he is a Canadian correspondent for an Italian cultural magazine in San José, Costa Rica. He resides in Burnaby, BC with his wife. He is the happy father of two daughters and four grandchildren plus two. He delights in travelling with his wife. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. Refreshments will follow. The event is organized in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy.


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World Poetry Proudly Presents Leigh Nelson (mrlei) from the USA!

Ariadne’s Notes: An exciting evening with a surprize host! Unfortunately we had phone connection trouble with Mrlei and were not able to hear him at times. Neall wrote a birthday poem in his honour and Anita called out ” Happy Birthday” in Tagalog. Music by Andy Vine.  Our second feature was Dr. Diego Bastianutti who shared his upcoming book launch with us. World Poetry Café Radio Show: mrlei: 9:10 9:20 pm CLICK HERE!


Leigh Nelson the writer of Gandhi’s Lament has been writing and performing poetry and music since the age of 14. Hailing from South County in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, he is known simply as mrlei (as in mister lee), a name bestowed upon him in the early 80’s by students of his. mrlei has still yet to publish any of his works, but plans on using the slowdown of winter months to complete the process and get it to press. At the same time, he is attempting to complete two plays, one called “Einstein’s Violin” and a one-man show of Walt Whitman. He hopes that his poetry “will inspire people to awaken to their true selves and discover the voice that dwells within all being.”

“My mother was an English teacher (and model/actress) in the late 50’s thru to the early 70’s, so of course it was read read read (albeit TV was also very much our babysitter at times — but never before homework!) By the fourth grade I was reading on a junior-to-high school level and also accompanied my mother to rehearsals for plays she was in and became the one child of three boys who became engrossed with the artistic “process” (really don’t like that word). I dabbled in the theatre/tv/radio/film industry for a time and lost interest for a variety of reasons. But that experience helped me to become a powerful speaker and presenter of ideas (my own and others) and I have continued working in the artistic milieus.”

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one eternity (18) the seventh month is july (3+4) fool magician writes (08

he sat on a stool and spoke evocatively of love truth beauty freedom

the absolute of all

as if he’d just come from the riverbank with jesus or buddha or don juan matus
and the glow of understanding was the law of the universe

knowing he was the law of the universe and that the wheel of time is only an illusion for those trapped in the fixation of planning wisely for the future

and he gently reminded them that it was only here now that mattered  for the moment

that was all it was — a moment and then another to another and another

each of us coming to meet up with another
and express the joy of living and
knowing the other no before and no after

endless universes… all carrying the law

written in invisible ink on a star-coated sky

he ended his poem with a goodbye of sorts

slipped them back into his canvas bag
amidst a polite slapping of palms
but also always knowing that someone had heard…
some had actually listened and taken the words to heart

and then he slipped out into the night disappeared
like a coy dog dark at the edge of the woods
or a carny packin the last railcar a wandering minstrel suddenly out of breath

a thief of restless and misguided dreams dipping silently out the back door

back to the path and all the others
who do not yet know they are still, always, now, and forever indeed


mrlei richmond, ma (C)



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World Poetry Vancouver and the Britannia Celebrate Asian Heritage Month!

Ariadne’s notes:  For the first time, we are celebrating the an ancient Chinese woman poetess: Esteemed translator and author Tommy Tao will present the featured Poetess Yu Xuanji (844) BC and the World Poetry Woven World Tapestry Team will read it in a number of languages as a signature poem. Please also see the feature poets an group poem participants.
More info in the  Georgia Straight event listing:

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Come and enjoy! 

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World Poetry Cafe Radio Show Celebrates Asian Human Rights !


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Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and retired Human Rights worker Victor Schwartzman welcomed our community partners Jennifer Chieh Ho, Lorene Oikawa and Karoline Klug in a special radio show panel on  Asian Human Rights which aired on May 5th, 9-10 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM. World Poetry Theme Song by Yoshifumi Sakura and music by Ablaye and Volker completed the Asian Heritage Month Program. To listen to this insightful and informative show: CLICK HERE!

Special Event!

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month in May:
May 14th 6-9PM
326 12th Street, New Westminster.
short films & panel discussion | snacks | photo booth and henna!
For more information and to RSVP:
sponsored by: Canadian Labour Congress, BC Federation of Labour, Public Service Alliance of Canada, Union of National Employees – BC/Yukon, Unifor, BCGEU, Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association,


Jennifer Chieh Ho is of ethnic Chinese background, born and raised in Brunei Darussalam, North West Borneo in South East Asia. She immigrated to Canada in 1988 with her family.

Jennifer has been a strong union activist for a number of years and empowers members in her community and union. In 2011, she was elected the first racialized Regional Vice President for BC and Yukon in the Union of National Employees of Public Service Alliance of Canada. Then in 2014, she was re elected by acclamation of the same title for the 2014 – 2017 mandate.

Jennifer is the Representative for racialized workers for two labour organisations; The BC Federation of Labour and the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

As a leader of the racialized equity group, Jennifer fights discrimination, mentors and builds networks of potential leaders from democratic grassroots and pushes for inclusion and fairness in the workplace.

Jennifer`s principle is “Go with your heart and respect“

Lorene Oikawa is an activist who speaks and writes on a range of topics including women in leadership, human rights, and social media. She is the President of the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association. She is the founder of the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance in BC. She is a director on the board of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival. She was the first Asian Canadian Executive Vice President for the BC Government and Services Employees’ Union and served from 2005-2014. Lorene is a fourth generation British Columbian whose family migrated from Japan in the 1800’s and 1906. 

Added information and links:”We will be launching the Hastings Park 1942 website that will include more stories and photos about Japanese Canadians imprisoned there in 1942. The signs are on permanent display in Hastings Park.  Photos and stories in next month’s magazine. ” Lorene


Karoline Klug

“Past National Vice President for Human Rights (7 years) of the Union of National Employees, PSAC. I have worked with numerous social justice groups to further diversity. The primary goal has always been to create space for different voices.”


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World Poetry Welcomes Alaha Ahrar from Afganistan and the USA!

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Ariadne’s notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show welcomed World Poetry Canada International Director  Alaha Ahrar on Tuesday, April 28, 9:00 pm in a  wonderful program with Alaha’s  wisdom and poetry plus her wishes for youth and a beautiful poem in Farsi. Co-host Anita Aguirre Nieveras translated a poem about Wind by World Poetry Canada International Advisor  Dr. Hadda Sendoo from Mongolia into Tagalog in five minute! Music by Andy Vine and a great interview with Ken McAteer, President of Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society,  (our noble leader) about the Grand Official Festival Opening on May 2nd!  To hear the program CLICK HERE!



I hate to see hatred
I hate to see everyone faded

I hate not seeing any hope
I hate not being able to cope

I hate to see how people are after each other,
I hate to see most people live in fear

I hate these rockets, bombs and killings
I hate all these manmade sufferings

And of course, of course

I hate to see children bleeding and dying everywhere
I hate to know there is no safe place for anyone anywhere

I hate not seeing any tearless survivor
I hate not seeing any clean river

I hate not seeing smiles on people’s lips
I hate seeing unwanted immigrations and endless trips

Yes and yes!
I hate not seeing any hope
I hate not being able to cope

I hate not seeing enlightenment and education
I hate not seeing humble people in peaceful relations

The terrorists should know they are never clever
Because they are killing humans everywhere*

Here is war, there is war and everywhere is war
The wars are getting bloodier and a chore

I hate red for it is the color of blood

Now everywhere is red for  red blood is red

Red streets, red gutter, red kennel and red streams,
I hate to know that now even humans are red
Red heads, red necks, red arms,
and red legs

I hate to see birds no longer can fly
Even rivers and mountains mourn and cry
Mountains are red, rivers are red and trees are red
Therefore, birds are red

Everywhere is red for blood is red

I hate not seeing any hope
I hate not being able to cope

I hate seeing these new political mass murders

I hate seeing the UN not forcing the killers to surrender

Alaha Ahrar ©

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