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World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Chris Bailey!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show welcomed two very special guests December 6, 1-2 pm PST on CFRO 100.5 FM.
Calling in at 1:10 PM PST was the lovely Nigerian, Canadian filmmaker Shasha Nakhai with her new doc, Take Light which will be shown on the documentary channel at 9 pm across Canada on Sunday December 9. https://www.takelightfilm.com/

Our second caller at 1:30 PM PST was the talented poet from PEI, Chris Bailey with his new book: What Your Hands Have Done by Nightwood Editions , www.nightwoodeditiond.com The book is a masterful portrayal of fisherman and family as well as a vivid description of culture. Having lived in Kodiak, Alaska among fisherman, I was fascinated by certain similarities, among them being fiercely independent and proud of their lifestyle.
For the first time we welcomed a girl nature poet Tshering Zangmo Namsa from Bhutan with her moving poem on unity. Thanks to Victor Schwartzman , our technical engineer for reading her poem.
We read two poems from n’s new groundbreaking book, Caution: Deep Water about the concerns of seniors and retirement living.
CD music was by Stan Rogers and Djelimady Tounkara. A special treat was a beautiful Seasons Greeting From Yoshifumi Sakura , World Poetry Music Director and composer of our anthem as well as a great postcard and message from World Poetry Correspondent, Rui Carvalho with a message in Portuguese “Tudo De Boh or “All the Best”. Author Sharon Rowe had a brand new story for her second book: Big Bessie Goes to Mars, read by Victor Schwartzman.

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Chris Bailey is a fisherman and award winning author from North Lake , Prince Edward  Island, He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and is a past recipient of the Milton Acorn Award. His work has appeared in numerous journals .

HAVE A COOKIE

The way your father tells you is simple. To the point.
Speaking with the tone he’d use to say the direction
of the tides, what your brother Tom in Fort Mac said,
or describing the noise the truck axle makes.

His hand on the thing sprouting from his neck:
The doctor says it’s probably cancer. They’re cutting
it off next week. A strip of paper towel in front of him.
A cup filled with tea. A new pack of cookies that rattles

when he reaches in, not looking at you. He endures
your stunned silence, says, I asked if he had his pocket
knife on him, said he could do it right there
if he wanted. Then: Sit down, boy. Have a cookie.

Not knowing what else to do or say, you sit.
Take a cookie. The kind with icing in the middle. One
half vanilla, the other chocolate. He fills ice cream
dishes with these for long days on the boat.

Something to snack on when working in the sun.
You snap the cookie in two, then four, and stare
a while at what your hands have done.

Chris Bailey (C) all rights reserved.

World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Diego Bastinutti !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ariadne’s Notes.
The World Poetry Café Radio Show welcomed our popular co-host and noted author Diego Bastianutti , November 29 , 1:00 PM PST in a special launch of his new book, Lost in Transit now available on Amazon. It shows the effect on changing countries as well as when he met his wife, she rescued him from being lost.
Also on the show, at 1:40 PM PST Darrel Katz with his new CD, Rats on No Evil Star , a beautiful combination of music and a tribute to his late wife the talented poet Paula Tatarunis .

The opening poem ACADEMIC TESTS by Sahaj Sabharwal, who is a student. He writes: “I love writing poems and thoughts. I am from Jammu city, Jammu and Kashmir, India.” His poem was read by our great tech Victor Schwartzman who keeps our show on the air.
We would also like to welcome three new countries to our listening audience: Bhutan, Melawi and  Kazakhstan bringing our total to 118.

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Diego Bastianutti, from Fiume, Italy, has crossed many borders separating States as well as “states of being.” He is at ease with various languages and cultures. A retired Professor of Spanish and Italian literature, and former Honorary Vice Consul of Italy.The recent joint exhibition on the theme of Vancouver Downtown Eastside has been received in Vancouver and in Italy with deep sensitivity and appreciation.

He has received wide recognition here and abroad for his work as a writer, poet and translator. Among his works he counts five volumes of poetry and his awarded book A Major Selection of the Poetry of Giuseppe Ungaretti. Currently he is a Canadian correspondent for an Italian literary magazine in San José, Costa Rica, and a member of various writers’ associations. His writings have become material of study in a graduate course offered at the University of Toronto. A forthcoming book published by the University of Toronto Press will feature an entire chapter on Bastianutti the poet and writer.

Above the Horizon

In never-ending thirst
the desert dances on thorns of love
shadows upon shadows entwining
flesh over enfolding flesh

She lets him take her like the night
swallows the sun in the lunar tidal heartbeat
with his sky planted in her body
she howls like the moon melting into the sea
a lashing whip, a swirl of colors
on its fevered tip

Becalmed she brings him in
whispering his name
as he reads forgotten messages
on her veined wrists

©Diego Bastianutti. All rights reserved by the author

 

World Poetry Celebrates the Must See Tiger Film!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ariadne’s Notes: On November 22, 1: 30 PM, PST, the World Poetry Café Radio Show had a wonderful interview with great interview about respect and diversity with Pardeep Singh Nagra whose film TIGER is inspired by his true story . the inspiration of the award winning film TIGER, an aspiring boxer who must fight for his religious beliefs after being banned from the sport for refusing to shave his beard. He called to tell us about his fascinating experiences and advice as a human rights activist as well as to promote the film.

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 Photo and bio source: https://humanrights.ca/blog/asian-history-month-interview-pardeep.

Pardeep Singh Nagra is a man of many talents. He is the Executive Director of the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada, located in Mississauga, Ontario; he is also an historian, a researcher, an athlete, a public speaker and a human rights advocate. 

 Host Ariadne writes: “For me the most important aspects of his interview was to “stand up for what you believe in and do something about it.” Have the courage to keep going no matter what negative or even positive aspects happen or how long it takes. Do not give up or sit on the fence. Promote respect and diversity . Use the power of social media to send powerful messages of respect, peace and harmony. Be care what you say or write.”

From comments of those who heard the interview; prejudice, dislike and even hatred are common around the world. They said that his interview gave them hope and the commitment to keep going.

A comment from the authors “Listening to Pradeep was inspiring. His focus and determination to defeat racist attitudes and to work for acceptance and inclusion are so important. Rene DeFazio and Tamara Veitch of The One Great Year Series who were on in the first section of the show and greatly appreciated what Predeep sent this message : “Listening to Pradeep was inspiring. His focus and determination to defeat racist attitudes and to work for acceptance and inclusion are so important. In our fiction we write about characters that reincarnate, in every race, religion and gender. We see a connection between our work and Pradeep’s because he, like us, imagines a world without hatred and separation. Where tolerance is the norm and peace and harmony prevail. We look forward to seeing his movie Tiger and wish him the best in the future.”

Also on the show was a new welcome song from the wonderful Laura Kelsey called I Am a Love Spell http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/love-is-a-spell-single/1442036710  plus an e-poem from Stephen Robert Sutton from England with his new book of poetry.

World Poetry has a new exciting collaboration with a film company from India,  Anhad Films, Delhi based film makers,  They make documentaries, short films as well as videos on issues that are of
concern to their society.

Sania Hashmi

Mohan Kimawat