I want a world where everyone tries to be kind and understanding.
I want a world, where, instead of planting the seeds of hatred, everyone plants seeds of love.
I want a world where people, instead of competing and ruining each other, try to appreciate and help one other.
I want a world where everyone knows that they cannot be someone else. They can mimic everything, they can have other person’s style and go to school to get the same education, but they can never have another person’s personality, mind and talent.
I want a world where everyone appreciates who they are, how they look, and where everyone accepts that our diversities and differences add to the beauty of our surroundings and our world.
I want a world where everyone realizes that we are all needy. We all need the help and support of each other. A cardiologist needs the work of a mechanic when he needs someone to fix his car, a mechanic needs the work of baker, a baker needs the work of a shopkeeper, a shopkeeper needs a banker, a banker needs the people to make bank accounts. Even the kings and presidents need nations to lead.
Finally, if there is no needless person in the entire world, then why be arrogant!
I want a world where no one discriminates against any human being based on color, race, religion, ethnicity, language or disabilities.
Alaha Ahrar (C) All rights reserved.
Human Rights Activist ,Community Development Advocate-FACETS, Board of Directors
Afghan Women’s Writing Project
Director of Media and Publication Afghan-American Women’s Association (A-AWA)
The Director of International World Poetry, Youth Team Canada
Ariadne’s Notes: A wonderful interview with the talented Rebecca Papucaru on October 12th at 1:35 PM, PST on the World Poetry Café, CFRO, 100.5 FM . Featuring her new book, The Panic Room, by Nightwood Editions (Harbour Publishing, with thanks to Nathaniel Moore, publicist for his good work. She paints pictures with words and gives each reader something to relate to.
Rebecca Papucaru Author of the new book, the Panic Room, Harbour Publishing. She is preoccupied with the complexities of identity and selfhood, memory, embodiment, loss, and family, Rebecca Papucaru carefully examines details that make up one’s lived experience.
“Lobster Dinner” describes a happy childhood memory of eating an entire lobster with an admiring father as her audience. “Take It or Leave It” is the casual and quotidian, yet heartbreaking, failure of a daughter and her mother to find an emotional connection during an art gallery outing. “Your Women Are Beautiful” betrays the dreamy excitement of travelling in an unfamiliar place, juxtaposed with the blunt reality of arriving home again.
The Panic Room is about the giants that loom over us, too. A second-generation Eastern European Jewish immigrant, Papucaru attempts to grapple with connecting with her family’s past as well as the distinct feeling of being disconnected. In “On Watching an Eastern Bloc Comedy” she writes, “I’m one generation apart from all this, / and ashamed. Of my father, before his / refrigerator, mourning age spots on lettuce.”
Papucaru offers unabashed honesty: the sort of reflections you’d only tell your dearest friend.
Rebecca Papucaru’s work has appeared in journals such as The Antigonish Review, PRISM international, The Malahat Review, The Dalhousie Review and Event. She has been anthologized in I Found it at the Movies: An Anthology of Film Poems (Guernica Editions, 2014) and Best Canadian Poetry in English (2010). She lives in Sherbrooke, QC.
May 11, 1-2 pm featured a fascinating interview by Victor Schwartzman of the book from Nepal, “Kathmandu Days” by Chandra Bhatt. The publisher is Niyogi Books India. Well worth listening and reading!
A call in from Boston ( courtesy of Braitwaite and Katz) at 1:40 pm, PST from Patrice Williamson with her new CD: Comes Love, a lovely CD featuring her silky voice . April 25, 2017 will marked the 100th anniversary of an event that would have a profound impact on jazz and American song: the birth of Ella Fitzgerald. While the centennial of the First Lady of Song will doubtlessly be celebrated in myriad forms, few will prove as heartfelt or sincere – or as long in gestation – as Comes Love, the new album by Boston-based jazz vocalist Patrice Williamson. For the occasion, Williamson teamed up with guitarist and fellow Berklee College of Music faculty member Jon Wheatley for a set that pays particular homage to Fitzgerald’s landmark duo with guitar great Joe Pass.
Due for release on Ella’s birthday, April 25, on Williamson’s own Riverlily Records and produced by pianist/composer Helen Sung, Comes Love features a dozen Songbook classics originally either recorded by Fitzgerald and Pass on one of their four studio albums or performed live by the duo during the course of their notable collaboration. Williamson and Wheatley never resort to sheer imitation (not that such a thing would even be possible given their two inimitable models), but instead conjure the warm elegance and graceful swing of the originals through the alluring chemistry of their own inviting rapport. To buy this wonderful CD: https://patricewilliamson.com/
Also a review of the documentary Unarmed Verses by Director Charles Officer . For a review by Ariadne Sawyer: http://www.theafronews.com/category/entertainment/
The show included two special e-poems by the well known poet Germain Droogenbroodt. A feature coming soon.