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/
Ariadne’s Note: The World Poetry Cafe with hosts Lucia Gorea, Jason Lawrence and new Spanish speaking host Israel Mota and tech Patricio Xavier welcomed Wilhelmina Salmi to the show with a welcome song by First Nations poet and musician Godwin Barton. To hear or download the show: CLICK HERE!
Wilhelmina Salmi. An Art Warrior. A fierce creative whirlwind. A sensitive typa lady who can juggle knives while mending her stockings, writing a manuscript, and deeply conversing with friends- old and new.
I need to let you go.
Out of this ocean of me
I need to let you go
I watched the words float endlessly
my burdens a hollow tone
of the engulfing tides
you have become an ivory god
carved in my deepest imaginings
and what remains are the fragments
of both wisdom and glass
with their cuts and sharp speeches of freedom
I am pulled by the truth again
by it’s crushing undercurrents
I am called from shore
to attest of my rolling follies
I weaken as the waves gently pass
dusting my mind of the torrents
mingling from our speeches, through fingertips
I give praise to the forgotten longings
and surrender to the degrading truth that
I was never your nor you mine
I need to let you go, I offer the wind
I try soothe my wounds, I see the moon
pulling me to you
pulling you away, away
from this ocean of me
where no part of us can live
where we rolled through loves embrace
turning out a pulsing passion
transverse dancing lies
bursting to be memories
and pulling soft other times