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World Poetry Celebrates Bruno A. Ribeiro!


Our World Poetry last Film and Human Rights Festival, Vancouver, B.C. Canada.

 Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe Radio  Show Welcomed the poet Bruno A. Ribeiro with his new book The Book of All Lovers , an epic poem which is the first of a trilogy.  It is a fascinating poem, bringing together elements from the poet’s life as well as a wealth of other focuses , all wrapped together in this epic work. 

Guest host Diego Bastianutti  did a great job of interviewing Bruno despite a fire evacuation at the radio station which threw the planned interviews into an interesting situation,  Thanks to the World Poetry Team  of Diego Bastianutti, Ariadne Sawyer, Technician Kerry Buckner (in for Victor) and Sharon Rowe, volunteer who did a great job. We also want to thank  the featured guests who were so understanding.










Bruno A. Ribeiro, also known as Bruno A.  is a Portuguese-American Writer and Painter. Having studied Fine Arts in Lisbon, he moved to USA in 2005 to fully dedicate himself to writing. He currently lives with his wife and dog in Oyster Bay, New York, right next to the national park Sagamore Hill, the famous home of President Theodore Roosevelt. In addition to writing, also enjoys cooking, gardening, and sailing. He has used elements of his own personal life as inspiration for his epic debut poem, The Book of All Lovers. The beautiful Rose of Sharon from the poem can be found in his home office.  More information at:  Thebookofalllovers.com

This illustrated book plunges you into a dark fantasy full of brave heroes, beautiful damsels, and loyal allies. Dyosphir will face many challenges as he quests after the Rose of Sharon. At the end of his adventure, he will be confronted with a choice that will change everything for his people and his land. This epic poem from Bruno Ribeiro presents you with a new kind of fairy tale. The love story between Dyosphir and Ivalisee is a dark fantasy full of lush settings, chivalrous adventures, true love, and unimaginable peril. Ride along with Dyosphir as he and his companions plot to save his love and kingdom. The Book of All Lovers is an epic poem adapted for a modern audience with modern tastes. Source: Website:

Courtesy of: www.SherriRosen.Com 

W. P. Celebrates Award Winning Musican Opoku Mensah!








Ariadne’s Notes: January 18, 1:10 pm, CFRO, 100.5 FM, PST. Wonderful show, amazing music by Opoku Mensah. Also, a wonderful interview with Janet Russ on the impactful films that they are working on. Our World Poetry Café Team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA, producer and host, Dr. Diego Bastianutti, guest host and  Sharon Rowe, special volunteer. Music by Opoku Mensah and a song by Luciano Pavarotti. English and Italian.  Included was a fascinating e-peace poem by  the well known poetess Huguette Bertrand, entitled GOLDEN PEACE and read by Victor Swartzman. 

Guest host Diego Bastianutti took us through his experiences as a child refugee during the second world war.  The silo that they were housed in had housed the Jewish people on the way to the death camps, the Italians who had been murdered and driven from their country (Diego and family) and now houses African migrants. “Diego said it was like a scene from Dante’s Hell.” Amazing how patterns keep repeating themselves over and over again. 









World Poetry thanks Opoku Mensah for permission to share his lovely peace song:

Opoku Mensah is an award-winning band leader, keyboard player, composer and arranger with many years of experience in the music industry. The widely-travelled musician has also made Ghana proud on the international front by winning a number of awards in Dubai, Benin and Togo.

The multi-talented artiste is passionate about jazz, Latin and Afro-fusion music and has earned admiration for his intense injection of Ghanaian and African rhythms and melodies in his compositions. 

Opoku Mensah  and his band have an album, Spirit of Africa to their credit.

They are very visible on the Ghanaian live music scene and music lovers have enjoyed them at various venues in the nation’s capital including the Piano Bar, +233 Jazz Bar and Grill and Republic Bar. 

If you wish to contact him, you can reach him on FB and Linked In.

World Poetry Celebrates Diego Bastianutti &“Forget me not East Van”!

 Ariadne’s Notes: the World Poetry Café Radio Show , SHOW LINK CFRO 100.5 FM with producer and host, Ariadne Sawyer, Neall Ryon, Anita Aguirre Nieveras and super operator Victor Schwartzman, welcomed the talented poet and author Diego Bastianutti to the show. Bastianutti, a former host of the World Poetry Café was there to promote a special project of poems and photos, “Forget me not East Van”!  An Exhibit of photographs and poems to be hosted at the Italian Cultural Centre on Slocan St., Vancouver September 15 to October 5, 2016. www.jonbertelli.com



World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Dr. Diego Bastianutti born in Italy, has been a walker who has crossed borders and frontiers separating States and states of mind. He speaks several languages, continues to travel extensively and currently lives in Vancouver
Since his arrival in Vancouver he has actively contributed to the city’s cultural scene. Quite apart from his academic publications, some of his creative works are A Major Selection of the Poetry of Giuseppe Ungaretti: translated by Diego Bastianutti. Toronto: Exile Editions, 1997, 466 pp., which received the 1998 John Glassco Prize for best translation in English of a foreign literary work.
Il punto caduto, 1993  (poetry), La barca in secco. 1995  (poetry), Per un pugno di terra/ For a Fistful of Soil., 2006 (Poetry).  This volume received the prestigious international literary prize in  May 2008: Premio Letterario Trieste Scritture di Frontiera 2008  dedicated  to  Umberto Saba and others.

This is what he has to say about what and why he writes:

We don’t chose where we are born or what we do. We are all live within some form of limitation, some imposed, some of our own making. But by breaking down the imprisoning logic of language, we can also break the logic of the system to which we have been conditioned to respond. Having experienced it myself, I fully understand the trauma involved in any type of loss, from the loss of love to the loss of a job, but also of one’s mother tongue, of one’s culture and place of birth, and even of one’s own given name.

The loss of the sense of worth and dignity, the loss of belonging to one’s community leads many individuals to suffer a trauma and a gradual de-personalization, with a consequent loss of identity. Some find a way back into society thanks to their character, others by wearing a defensive mask, yet others by escaping into another form of hell, drug addiction.

Part of the healing journey is being active whether with our hands or with our mind. I see poetry and literature as a way to open new windows in a dark world, to light the spark of freedom through the word, to throw open the gates in the prisons of our minds. All forms of creativity  are an attempt to weave the thread we need to stitch together the tears in our society, to erase the misconceptions that divide us all.

More information on the exhibit!

“Forget me not East Van”: an Exhibit of photographs and poems to be hosted at the Italian Cultural Centre on Slocan St., Vancouver September 15 to October 5, 2016.

Photographer Guido Jon Bertelli and poet and writer Dr. Diego Bastianutti, both of us, Italians of international repute who are recurrently invited to represent Italians at prestigious events worldwide (see attached CVs), captured our direct personal experiences of the Downtown East Side (“DTES”) in our photographs, poetry and media interviews, independently one from the other. Once our paths crossed, we discovered that our perspectives aligned. Born of this synchrony came the perhaps obvious vision of a joint exhibit of our work. The aim – to feature, with respect and compassion, the pride and dignity of a disenfranchised humanity.

The absorbing images and the profound poems send a powerful message to the viewers by focussing a sharp light on the largely misunderstood and seemingly irresolvable challenges of those living on the streets of our City, and thousands of other cities, large and small. Some of the underlying causes of drug addiction begin to be explored and highlighted in the audio element of the exhibit. The project highlights and causes those in attendance to reflect on how these addictions are not only devastating individual lives, but destroying our social fabric.” www.jonbertelli.com