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World Poetry Proudly Presents Albert B. Casuga from the Philippines & Canada!

Ariadne’s Note: At long last, we welcome Albert B. Casuga to our World Poetry Site! He was one of several poets featured in a poster sent by Ang Jaypee Belarmino for the World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival . It was put on display at the University of British Columbia for one month during the festival in April. According to the University, one thousand people per day came to the library.  The glassed in display cases were very popular. One of the staff, commented that many people kept coming back to see the display. One young UBC student from the Philipines told me that it meant so much to her to see the display and that she was going to look for the poets in the library and on line. Over 300 Peace gift poems were also taken from the display also.  I hope to feature all the poets in the poster.

Welcome Albert!

Featured Poet


ALBERT B. CASUGA, a Philippine-born writer, lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to write poetry, fiction, and criticism after his retirement from teaching and serving as an elected member of his region’s school board. He was nominated to the Mississauga Arts Council Literary Awards in 2007. A graduate of the Royal and Pontifical University of St. Thomas (now University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Literature and English, magna cum laude), he taught English and Literature (Criticism, Theory, and Creative Writing) at the Philippines’ De La Salle University and San Beda College. He has authored books of poetry, short stories, literary theory and criticism. He has won awards for his works in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Philippines. His latest work, A Theory of Echoes and Other Poems was published February 2009 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. His fiction and poetry were published by online literary journals Asia Writes and Coastal Poems recently. He was a Fellow at the 1972 Silliman University Writers Workshop, Philippines. As a journalist, he worked with the United Press International and wrote an art column for the defunct Philippines Herald. He writes a literary blog at http://ambitsgambit.blogspot.ca



I am/ going to learn me some joy/ if it is the last thing I ever do. —Hannah Stephenson, “If It Is the Last Thing”, The Storialist, 03-26-12*

You have your paintbrush and colours. Paint paradise, and in you go. —Nikos Kazantzakis*

I will learn me some joy is as good a graffiti as any, if I were that roving paintbrush bandit doing what plastic surgeons do on old faces.

Rather than spew mischief and hate on walls that could not even cringe about bad spelling, why can’t these muffled, lonely night rogues

take their rainbow mayhem to a bravura end? Paint themselves their paradise, walk right in, toss a tumbler of brandy, dance a wild whoopee,

learn from throbbing sunrises and loud sunsets, that someone, somewhere beyond the clouds, has bested them in this arresting colour game.

of crystals at thaw, verdancy in spring, foliage paintings at fall, and dry earth in summer sepia. There are graffiti artists and there is the Artist

who has painted himself his haven, entered it, hung himself a hammock, hued himself happy, and guzzled raindrops washing colour away.

—Albert B. Casuga ©




World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival, April 4-30th At UBC!


Breaking News!

 Award winning Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah and Kwame Agyare Yirenkyi  are coming to the World Poetry Canada International Festival! They just received their visas!

A message from award winner Saleh  Mazumder our esteemed director of the World Poetry  Peace E-anthology internet launch: I am Md Saleh Mazumder. I feel proud to be part of the World Poetry family. There will be one launch at the University of British Columbia 7-9 pm April 4th and an internet launching event, also on April 4th at 7 pm. A participation page has been created on the World Poetry Canada International Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/#!/WorldPoetrySeries

I Invite all you to join the event and page. If you can’t attend the World Poetry Canada International festival you may share your poems on the Facebook page and we will post poems on the www.worldpoetry.ca site. The download link of the world poetry E-Anthology will be available during the internet launch and grand opening on April 4th  at the University of British Columbia  and on the Internet.  As we help to reach our goal of one step closer to peace, I am eagerly waiting for the festival to get started and wish everyone great success.  I want to thank everyone who has been is working day and night to get the festival off the ground. This festival is an wonderful dedication towards peace.

I will not be able to attend there in person, however I will be there with spirit. All the best to the World Poetry family and all the poets across the globe. Please join us at the Internet Launch. “      Saleh Mazumder.


Book on Display at UBC April 4-30th









Photo credits to Doc PenPen!


World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival! April 4-30, 2013.

301, Lillooet room at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. University of British Columbia, 1961 East Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/

Inspire Peace!

Please register at www.worldpoetry.ca  and bring or post a poem on peace, a story about peace, a song, or a dance! Space is limited for all events, so please register early!
All free!

Hosts: Yilin Wang, Ariadne Sawyer and Directors.

Register on line, volunteer, enjoy! Come to one event or all three! For those who cannot be there in person, please send good thoughts for peace!

April 4, Thursday, Grand Opening at the Victoria Learning Theatre (Room 182),  7-9 pm First  Nation welcome by Godwin Barton.   Official World Poetry Peace E-Anthology launches at UBC and on the internet! Post your peace poem, video link, or a few words at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/WorldPoetrySeries


Pancho and Sal http://riosamayaband.com/







 Read your poem and a poem of a poet that cannot attend. Dance to the delightful music by Rio Samaya Band (Pancho and Sal) and enjoy the beautiful Jasmine dancers.  Watch the World Poetry Exclusive Short Afghan Film: “Silence” by Afghan Youth Poet Sharif Saedi.  Light refreshments.


Silence Poster






April 11,  Thursday, 7-9 pm,301, Lillooet room at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre Cross country tour:  Penn Kemp: Jack Layton, Art in Action. Poetry readings: Trevor Carolan, Ruth Hill and others plus international guests. Bring your stories about Jack Layton, poems and thoughts. We acknowledge the support of the League of Canadian Poets, the Guild of Canadian Playwrights and the Canada Council for the Arts. 

April 20, Saturday, 1-4 pm   First Nations Wanda John-Kehewin “In the Dog House”, published by Talon Books. Navaho flute music  by Angelo Moroni. Poetry readings by Bernice Lever and others.   Music/ poetry presentation by Japanese composer Yoshifumi Sakura.

Afghan film: the Broken Destiny of Poetry by Rahmat Haidari and Sajia Hussain (documentary on a young Afghan woman poet and her struggles to survive and write) trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0FPPddB6UY


Broken Destiny of Poetry film.


Join the World Poetry Peace Poetathon official launch as it flows around the world bringing a focus on peace with supportive peace connector partners.


Filipino Poets by Jaypee

Displays: April 4-30th. Peace Posters by Sattar Saberi, Doc PenPen, Jaypee Belarmino and poets, M&M, Mirwais Janbaz ,World Poetry and partners.

Painting by Mirwais






Awards to international guests and local empowered poets.

Our wonderful partners in kind: Exclusive Media Sponsor CTV, Cinevolution, Ricepaper, Vancouver Tagore Society, Signature Partner: VAHMS,  explore ASIAN,  Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC, www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/ The Jasmine Dance Club, Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop, TAN, the Afro News and the City of Richmond.

www.worldpoetry.ca  ariadnes@uniserve.com  yilinw@gmail.com allan.cho@ubc.ca


World Poetry Youth Team Grand Opening , October 13th update!

World Poetry Youth Team Opening hosts




World Poetry Youth Team Grand Opening!

Hosts Yilin Wang, World Poetry Youth Team Leader and Direct. Ariadne Sawyer, World Poetry President and co-founder.
A great start to our new venue at UBC! www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/
A beautiful large room with round tables and large windows, thanks to Allan Cho who has given us a new home at UBC.

The First Nations Elder Larry Grant gave a moving welcome as well as a bit of an historical overview. Moving and inspiring letters were read from the World Poetry International Youth team members, Samarenda Patra, Alaha Ahrar and supporter Jaypee Belarmino  as well as letters from the PremierMackenzie Yoon, (http://www.youtube.com/user/meganekkoAeli) performed her moving songs to a receptive audience.  World Poetry Lifetime Achievment Award Winner, editor and educator Bernice Lever gave an informative workshop on editing. Our partners, VAHMS Winnie Chueng shared a message on her phone from Dr. Jan Walls, explained about ancient Chinese poetry and read a poem of her own. The Vancouver Tagore Society with Raihan Akhter mentioned the relationship between World Poetry and the Tagore Society and read a poem,  new community partners, Cinevolution Film and Media Ying brought greetings and spoke of future collaborations with poetry and multimedia presentations.

The incomparable Dr. Ray Hsu gave a unique reading on the letters of congratulations.

Thank you all and I am glad you found us!

We are building toward the World Poetry Canada International Festival in April. Ideas for display cases, the art gallery and outreach to students at UBC, the lower mainland and around the world are most welcome. Poets, writers , musicians, filmmakers, dancers, actors and others are more than welcome to join with us.

Our great thanks to Sion Kang, assistant to Allan Cho from UBC who was so helpful and helped make the event go smoothly. The next World Poetry Youth event will be on the  24 November 1-3pm Lillooet room, 301 (go through the Commons Rooms) Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, 1961 East Mall Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/