World Poetry Proudly Presents Lidia Chiarelli from Italy !

Ariadne’s Notes: We are so honoured to present another Important International Partner and distinguished artist and poet Lidia Chiarelli! Lidia’s peace gift poem was chosen as one of four poems and was available at the University of British Columbia (Irving K. Barber Learning Centre where several hundred gift poems were taken by the 100,000 students and public at the Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival during the month of October.  Also offering gift peace poems on display were our other community partners at the UBC Learning Exchange and the Britannia Public Library in Vancouver, BC, Canada.A total of 575 poems were printed and rolled. The poems went so quickly that many more were printed, rolled and given.

A special  Invitation to this upcoming event!  Sguardi d’Artista – Only…for Your Eyes (quadri di Gianpiero Actis – poesie di Lidia Chiarelli,Inaugurazione della mostra alla Promotrice delle Belle Arti, viale B. Crivelli 11 Torino (Valentino)

Here is the link to the exhibition that is also on line or the link to youtube where is the Calendar 2015 with some of the paintings in exhibition




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World Poetry Proudly Presents SARAH CARRERE MBODJ from Senegal & the world!


-BA In English Litterature, TOEFL (Dakar university and Poytechnic of Central London, School of Languages)
-Music-Art school from Dakar Senegal
-Inventor of Health/Arts/Fashion products and services: nominated by Gwiin (UK Women Inventors)
-Consultant in Eco-tourism for Latin America:ECOTURISMO EN ANTIOQUIA COLOMBIA
-occupation: language teacher
-Designer-restorer of ancient African harps:
-musician/performing artist:
-Member of RCI Red International Cuentacuentos (España)
-facebook: Sarah Carrere Mbodj
-music tours & poetry recitals on 4 continents
-Founder of “El Centenario -homenaje al poeta Arthur Haulot”
-Music workshops for kids
-Poems published in anthologies in Mexico and Cuba
CONTACTS: Tour manager in London UK
Princess ‘Deun Adedoyin-Solarin ( Media Specialist)
Tel: +44 7425853580; 0208 686 8000 (UK)
Twitter: @PrincessDeun; BB: 23B65878; Skype ID: PrincessDeun1
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As Mamluks (*) caparisoned from head to hoofs
Harnessed in silver helmets
The Lamidos (*) pounce towards the powdery plain
A variegated horse parade..!

Wild and faithful
Their heads tied in watered shimmering indigo (*) turbans
Horses swirling their tawny mane horse hair
Their feet coiled up in giant silver stirrups
Bedecked in gold and brass
Caught in the raptures of a dusty brass effervescence

Under the shadow of scarlet green blazoned canopies
Cohorts of Kanuris, Peulhs and Haoussas (*)
Expect the hoarse pips of the rifle
Scrutinizing in the offing an imaginary enemy…..
Relic of alliances, intrigues, and raids
To launch into this ride…..

Their grenade eyes reverberate lost empires
As if resuming the thread between Kano (*) and Byzance. (*)
The jingle of past time jousts, is now silent, woven under the damascene saddle
But even though, swords ever high, the emirs dart forth !


(1*) Mameluks: Dynasty of unofficial militaries during the Ottoman Empire
(2*)Lamidos: Traditional chiefs in Nigeria
(3*)Indigo: Natural dark blue dye obtained with macerated leaves
(4*) Kanuris, Peulhs, Haoussas: Main Nigerian ethnic groups
(5*) Kano: Main northern city of Nigeria
(6*) Byzance: Ancient Greek city (Constantinople)

Sarah Carrere Mbodj (copyright Sacem Paris)

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World Poetry Proudly Presents Carolyn Mary Kleefeld from California!


Ariadne’s notes: World Poetry is proud to present our wonderful International Partner Carolyn Mary Kleefeld from California!  We would like to congratulate her on her wonderful poetry and paintings.  Our wishes for the greatest success possible.


Ventana invitation visual

Big Sur is special to me since we lived there.S ome of my stories and poetry come from our tiem at Big Sur.


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World Poetry Cafe Radio Show Proudly Presents Victor Schwartzman!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota welcomed the Empowered World Poetry Canada International Peace And Human Rights Film Festival Director Victor Schwartzman! A fascinating show about the featured films, poetry and readings from his new Graphic Novel. World Poetry is so grateful for his seamless work during the festival. Most of the films that were shown were mentioned on the show.

To hear the show and Israel’s special effects: CLICK HERE


Victor Schwartzman

Victor started writing when he was eight—a handwritten family newspaper—and has never stopped.  He rarely has tried to get published.  He majored in ‘creative writing’ for his B.A. and was accepted into the MFA programme at the University of California, Irvine.  However, his disagreement with the American involvement in the Vietnamese civil war led him to become a war resistor and move to Canada in 1968.

He has written tv scripts for CBC TV, narration scripts for documentaries, and has numerous ‘hits’ on Google for poetry and other writing.  He was a very minor founding member of COOP Radio, typed the CRTC application and was the engineer who broadcast the very first evening of shows.

Victor has served on the Boards of two Social Planning Councils, in Toronto and then Winnipeg, and ended as President in the Winnipeg SPC.  He lived in Winnipeg for 25 years, where initially he was the Executive Director of the Unemployed Help Centre.  Then for 23 years he was a human rights officer with The Manitoba Human Rights Commission, where he investigated complaints of discrimination.

In Winnipeg he served eight years each on the Boards of the Manitoba Writers Guild and Prairie Fire Press.  Victor was active online at that time and eventually was invited to join the Underground Literary Alliance.  After about a year he left the ULA in disagreement over its use of personal attacks on writers.  He became a minor player with four other writers who together formed Outsider Writers, a literary website.  That site is still around, although with a bit of a different name, and is primarily a review site for independent writing.  He also has been the poetry editor of a small online magazine, Target Audience, for six years.  He “reviews” nonmainstream poets he likes, he won’t write about stuff he doesn’t like.  All this led to his being awarded a page in the Literary Underground Wikipedia (I think that’s the name), a catalogue of nonmainstream writers.

Victor retired from the Human Rights Commission in 2008 (it’s a long story but you can Google it), and moved to Vancouver.  He is married with two grown children.  Retired, he has been able to focus much more time on writing.  Since a modest heart attack and a double stent he also exercises more, eats better and is putting more energy into getting published before he croaks.

His graphic novel, The Winnipeg Weakly Herald, is currently serialized by the great Canadian lit site, Red Fez.  The Herald is the story of people who work on a community newspaper (Victor’s been working on this since 1994, when there were community newspapers), with each chapter of the novel being one issue of the six page newspaper.  He also volunteers a weekly satiric column for Accessibility News in Ontario on disability issues, and works with Paul Caune on disability issues in British Columbia.  And he still writes that monthly poetry review.

Check out the  links for King Of The Planet.  Here is the link for

In any Amazon, you can type in King Of The Planet, and the Kindle book should come up. 

For Facebook, this is what came up:

In terms of poetry, Victor is working on a collection of poems which tell stories (“People You Know”.)  From this collection, he offered for a reading on peace issues:

At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Haunted for years I went to the Wall
a war resister facing soldiers who died
looking at the Wall, my crying eyes
reflected with all those forgone lives
they made the sacrifice I refused
what sacrifice should I have made?
if it was right why do I feel guilty?  *

I stood there a long time looking
all those names, some guys I knew
someone crying, my eyes are dry
coming home was worse than the war
lifelong friends, tho I have nightmares
greatest time of my life and the worst
may never know if it was worth it *

Never knew what hit me (land mine)
never knew what I died for (politics)
drafted out of my life into death
I owed my country and what a payback
flown back in a box, saw the parade
my sacrifice a memory no one wants
my country sent me to die for nothing

Victor Schwartzman ©

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World Poetry Proudly Presents Danny Teller in China!


Ariadne’s Notes:  We are pleased to welcome Danny Teller to our World Poetry Family.

Danny Teller is a UK National who was born in 1964.

He lived in the UK for most of his childhood before moving to Israel at 21 years of age where he resided for nearly 20 years.

After leaving Israel in 2002 he spent some time in America before moving to Nepal to teach English to children in a school for nearly 6 months.

From 2003 till 2009 Danny returned to the UK where he spent time in the writing/ publishing world and learning IT in much of his free time.

More recently and after making many trips to Africa, Asia, America and Europe he is currently teaching English and residing in China with companion Yvonne Wu.

The Meaning of Happiness

I find that the meaning of happiness is definitely pure and simple.
I find that the meaning of happiness is all about finding a peaceful environment.
It could be said that some of us find it when we least expect it.
The meaning of happiness can definitely be found but what we expected
we don’t always receive and what we receive we don’t always  expect.
The meaning of true happiness is different for
each and every one of us so come on board the double decker bus.

The meaning of happiness is always real and alive
The meaning of happiness is always alive and well but not
necessarily down a dark and deep ‘well’
I find that the best happiness is when life is pure
and simple without a deep dimple.
The best kind of happiness is so pure and simple with no real ifs or buts.

The meaning of happiness is a feeling of elation and salutation
The meaning of happiness has added financial security and real integrity.
The meaning of happiness can be temporary or permanent.
For me the meaning of happiness has positive emotions
but most importantly of all true happiness indicates
a long lasting and eternal peace with some elegant geese.

Danny Teller (C)

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