Ariadne’s Notes: World Poetry Celebrates our partner the Lincoln Poetry Club with the first two award winning poets . World Poetry was honoured to welcome them and feature their first two poets whose poems were read on the World Poetry Café Radio Show.
A message from the coordinator Alan Lowe :
“The Poets Club of Lincoln holds an Open Mic the second Sunday of each month, January through November. The program begins with a 30-40 minute presentation by a guest poet followed by an intermission with refreshments. After the break, all poets in attendance may read up to three poems, depending on the number of poets who wish to read. Poets come from Lincoln and surrounding areas. Alan Lowe has been the Coordinator of the Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest, presented by the club, for ten years. He is responsible for setting up the contest to begin in April— National Poetry Month—publicizing it and the special event held in October at which winning poets read their poems, coordinating and serving as host/moderator of the event, and designing, putting together, and publishing the chapbook of winning poetry.”
First award winning poem on the show.
Love Is Where You Find It by Jeanie Robertson:
Jeanie Robertson has written poetry since she was in grammar school. She is one of five generations of rhyming poets. They have self-published two books and are doing the final editing on the third book. Jeanie has been published in a local monthly paper many times in the last 15 years. She writes simple poetry about everyday life that is easily identifiable. Writing is her favorite hobby.
LOVE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT
She was a chihuahua mix
A terrier mix was he
They had lived together
With a growing family.
Until one day a moving van
Took everything away.
They were not part of the plan
So they were left to stray.
Life was hard and they were sad
But true love kept them strong
They would be “forever friends”
Like lyrics in a song.
A couple one day walking
Took home the little strays
And life forever after
Would be their favorite days.
Their people must live somewhere
Near this family neighborhood
And someone may be frantic
If these pets are gone for good.
It seemed no one was looking
For this little girl and guy
And the couple who were walking
Couldn’t help but wonder why.
The pups continued following
Them right to their front door,
Their little tails wagging,
As tho they’d been here before.
These caring people took them in
Perhaps they’d find a clue
To whom the friendly pups belonged
And what next they should do.
The dogs did not have collars
No ID tags where they live
The couple knew these little ones
Had so much love to give.
These kind people, were Beth and Bud,
Intent to find the home
Of precious little furry friends
Left on the streets to roam.
Beth checked with the authorities
For ID chips within
But seems they never had them
Buried deep beneath their skin.
Then Beth and Bud put flyers
All around the neighborhood
But nobody responded…
Now the dogs were theirs for good!
They named them Chance and Sadie
Living there, but the best part?
The dogs now have A SECOND CHANCE
And family with a heart.
by Jeanie Robertson, Award winning poem, Lincoln Club. (C) All rights reserved.
Second award winning poet with her poem:
Kathleen Ward was born in Lockport, NY, but moved to California at the age of 12. She graduated from the California State University at Sacramento with a degree in English, and taught junior high school in Los Banos, CA, for twenty-five years. She is a member of the Poets Club of Lincoln, CA and has won several awards for her poetry. She is now retired and living in Lincoln, CA, where she spends her time writing poetry and fiction when she is not busy traveling or playing with her grandchildren.
If I Had A Second Chance
I would have given a dollar
Or a hamburger
To the homeless woman
Huddled by the off-ramp,
Her eyes and face as droopy
As her worn-out cardboard sign.
I would have held doors open
For people even when
They did not need the help
And I would remember to
Thank those who took the time
To open doors for me.
I would have stopped to answer
My three-year-old’s question,
Even though it was
The twentieth time she’d asked one
In the past ten minutes
And I’d answered them all before.
I would have tape-recorded
My grandma’s stories
The ones I loved when growing up,
So that my children could hear
Them in Grandma’s words, and bask
In the sweet tones of her voice.
I would have spent more time
Walking on the beach at sunrise
Hiking dark trails through the woods
Picking wildflowers by the roadside
Dancing with butterflies
Laughing with old friends.
If I had a second chance.
by Kathleen Ward, Lincoln, CA (C) All rights reserved by the author.
Ariadne’s Notes. On July 5, 1:10 PM PST, The World Poetry Café Radio Show, CFRO 100.5 FM welcomed poet, author, publicist and owner of moorehype.com , Nathaniel Moore, with his new book Goodbye Horses. Nathaniel answered a question from a young writer in Nunavut with some helpful ideas for Indigenous authors and offering additional help to him which was greatly appreciated.
Also featuring a new book was a celebratory book launch of Little Wild by poet on tour Curtis LeBlanc. Poems from the book were read from the new book by Ariadne Sawyer, Co-host and producer and super tech Victor Schwartzman .
We celebrated our 20th year on the air with two new segments, a new weekly inspiring poem by Jeanne Probst and the first poem about the Lincoln Poetry Club with coordinator Alan Lowe. Next week, we will read the first award winning poem from the Lincoln Club for 2017!
A warm welcome to Phuntsho Wangchuk from Bhutan for his moving and profound E-poem, I Can See a Jewel in Her Eyes read by Victor Swartzman. Thanks always to super volunteer Sharon Rowe.
Wonderful music by Andy Vine, I will go down to the sea again based on a poem by John Mansfield and the amazing Randell Stephen Hall with his song, Dying to Live from his CD Re-Wired and Random. Victor Swartzman also introduced his new book.
Nathaniel G. Moore is the author of seven books including Savage, winner of the 2014 ReLit Award for Best Novel. His poetry and fiction have appeared in literary magazines across Canada and the US. Born and raised in Toronto, Moore currently lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick with his wife and daughter.
He says: “I know what its like to be a first-time author – as an author myself – it’s not an easy terrain to navigate for the first, second or even the third time. I have learned to anticipate the highs and lows of any situation, to pay close attention to details both big and small, and to maintain a strong commitment to quality, creativity, and public satisfaction.
My diverse experiences with several creative arts organizations has allowed me to grow into a mature and versatile individual who has the capacity to work in a variety of environments; from demanding office situations, to putting together a book launch, finding a sponsor for a festival, writing compelling press releases to the more vigorous positions in the field of publishing.
Being able to connect to the ever-changing world of publishing. I’m pleased with my life right now, growing as a parent, human being, and artist. I’m so grateful I’m able to spend my days promoting books.
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Publisher: Mansfield Press
Curtis LeBlanc was born and raised in St. Albert, Alberta. He currently lives in Vancouver, BC. His first book-length collection of poetry, Little Wild, was published by Nightwood Editions in Spring of 2018. His poetry chapbook Good for Nothing was published by Anstruther Press in 2017. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.
His work has been shortlisted for the Walrus Poetry Prize, received the Readers’ Choice Award in the Arc Poem of the Year Contest, an Honourable Mention in the Margaret Reid Poetry Contest and was twice shortlisted for CV2‘s Young Buck Poetry Prize. His writing has appeared in a number of journals, recently in The Malahat Review, CV2, Sustenance Anthology (Anvil Press), Eighteen Bridges, Prairie Fire, EVENT, Geist and Arc. He is currently working on his first novel.
He’s also Managing Editor of Rahila’s Ghost Press, co-host of Tonic Reading Series and an occasional hockey columnist for NHL Numbers. He served as Executive Editor of Promotions at PRISM international in 2016-2017.
Publisher: Nightwood Press (Harbour Publishing)