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World Poetry Celebrates Lorna Crozier’s Latest Book Launch!

 

Ariadne’s Notes: On May 25,  the World Poetry Café Radio Show had the honour to feature two amazing and talented well known Canadian poets Lorna Crozier and  Michelle Elrick ,1-2 pm, PST,CFRO, 100.5 FM with hosts Ariadne Sawyer, Elaine Woo  and super engineer, Victor Schwartzman, and special volunteer, Sharon Rowe, in celebration of the publication of their new books! I will be featuring them separately on this site.

Lorna will be celebrating her new  book with launch at Munro’s Books in Victoria on Tuesday, May 30, at 7:00 PM. She will be reading alongside fellow Victoria poet Rhonda Ganz (Small, frequent loads of laundry, Mother Tongue).

Notes from co-host Elaine Woo about this remarkable show:

A delightful hour with Lorna Crozier, recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and an Officer of the Order of Canada and with Nova Scotian poet Michelle Elrick, a finalist in the 2015 CBC Literary Award for Poetry and winner of the 2011 John Hirsch Award.

Lorna’s arresting poems from her latest book What the Soul Doesn’t Want, Freehand Books 2017 focus on what it means to age, grief, and the natural world. Listen for her thoughts about poems aging with the poet and for her helpful advice for young poets and about her literary ancestors.

Lorna’s advice:

1) Believe in your own voice, in the beauty and significance of own voice, faith in own story even if it has darkness 2) Your work will appeal to others if well done with craft and artistry.”

First up on the show was Lorna Crozier at 1:10 pm PST.

To hear their words of wisdom and exceptional poetry:  LISTEN TO THE SHOW!

 

Lorna Crozier, an Officer of the Order of Canada, is the author of sixteen previous books of poetry, most recently The Wrong Cat and The Wild in You. She is also the author of The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Ordinary Things and the memoir Small Beneath the Sky. She is a Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria, has been awarded the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and is a three-time recipient of the Pat Lowther Award. Born in Swift Current, she now lives on Vancouver Island with writer Patrick Lane and two fine cats.
For further information, please contact kelsey@freehand-books.com
Information and a full catalogue are also available at our website
at www.freehand-books.com.
Advance Praise for What the Soul Doesn’t Want.
“[A] late-career highlight… [Crozier] can speak for the inanimate with whimsy and empathy, knows when and how to conjure sensuality, and can sneak in an emotional payload.”
— Quill and Quire

Source: Kelsey Attard.
Praise for Lorna Crozier
“Lorna Crozier’s The Blue Hour of the Day . . . reads like one long autobiographical poem of astonishing coherence and beauty, and so powerful that, after I’d closed the book, I found that I’d unwittingly learnt several of the lines by heart.”
— Alberto Manguel, The London Times Literary Supplement
“Crozier writes of a world of imperfection, clumsiness, violence, betrayal, pain, and in spite of everything, delight and love . . . Always accessible, Crozier speaks a language we understand, but she uses it to tell us things we don’t.”
— Canadian Literature.

 

World Poetry Celebrates Herb W. Bryce from Canada!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café on April 13, 1-2 pm, CFRO 100.5 FM was honoured to present the talented and unique featured poet Herb W. Bryce featuring his new book :

Chasing a Butterfly – A journey of love and loss to acceptance,” a book of poetry arising from his decade as care giver to his Alzheimer’s wife.  Also discussed were tips and advice about Alzheimer and caregiving. http://www.alzheimer.ca/bc

The show was dedicated in loving memory to David Campagna  the soulmate and husband of poetess and artist Carolyn Mary Kleefeld with two poems read from her Book, The Divine Kiss, an Exhibition of Paintings and Poems in honor of David Campagna.

The World Poetry Café Team: Ariadne Sawyer, host and producer, Elaine Woo, co-host, Victor Schwartzman , super engineer, Sharon Rowe, special volunteer and doggie sitter for  Willow, Victor’s  dog and part of the team.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE SHOW!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Herb W. Bryce is a former journalist and newspaper editor, book editor and teacher. He has been a traveler (kidnapped and robbed), and has worked as a courier and a farm hand. His writings have appeared in anthologies in the United States, in British Columbia, Canada, in the “Fifty-five Plus” annual directory, “Today’s Senior Magazine,” and “Bryce’s Blog for Seniors.” His work is also in several local anthologies.

He was recently the featured writer in the Royal City’s Word Play at Work magazine:

https://issuu.com/rclas/docs/february_2017_rclas_ezine

Previous features, and comic strips, have appeared in “The Daily Mirror Book for Boys,” and “…for Girls,” in London, England, where he worked as a book editor. He also plied his journalistic skills with a daily newspaper in Worthing, England.

Previously, in Canada, he worked at various newspapers in his home province of Saskatchewan, and  at The Globe and Mail. Upon his return from his travels in Spain, Portugal, North Africa, the Middle East, etc., he signed on with The Hamilton Spectator.

He has a degree in English and Journalism from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, as well as teacher’s certification from the University of Alberta.

Mr. Bryce, author of “Ann – A Tribute,” and “Chasing a Butterfly – A journey of love and loss to acceptance,” a book of poetry arising from his decade as care giver to his Alzheimer’s wife, writes from is home in Maple ridge, British Columbia, Canada.

LUCKY ONE

Oh, I have been the lucky one

To have lived and learned with her,

For always it was she,

The happy, doing one,

The giving, caring soul.

Our life has been,

Since those giddy, happy times,

A story of adventure,

One of give and take

And always and for ‘ever,’

Love for each and other’s sake.

How lucky to have met her,

How marvelous she cared.

Forever will I wonder

Why it was she dared

To have belief in me.

But whatever was the mystery,

Always I will cherish

The faith that both we shared

Through our lifelong span together—

So happy we were paired.

And I am not complaining,

Indeed I’m giving thanks,

For what I’ve gained from what she gave

Would enrich, I think, all of Britain’s banks.

And now when she is fading,

And I reflect upon our past,

I see the longer shadow,

The one that she has cast.

Herb W. Bryce (C) All rights reserved by the author.

 

 

 

World Poetry Celebrates Elaine Woo!

Ariadne’s notes: An enchanting afternoon with a dragon, Zeus  and the Monkey King invited and presented by the talented poet Elaine Woo. The World Poetry Team of Ariadne Sawyer, host and producer, co-host Neall Ryon, super engineer Victor Schwartzman  and special volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed her on the World Poetry Café Radio Show, 100.5 FM from 1-2 pm PST. Featured with a moving  e-poem about a young boy from Aleppo was Robert W. McGregor  and two poems from Kevin Morris from England. A tribute to Nadine Sims by Sharon Rowe was also included and will be read at Nadine’s Celebration of Life.

To HEAR THE SHOW CLICK HERE!


 

 

 

 

 

  • Photo with scarf presented by a poet on tour from India. Each sequin represents a World Poet, she says.

Elaine Woo is the author of the poetry collection, Cycling with the Dragon, Nightwood Editions, 2014.  Her work is featured in journals in Canada, the US, the U.K., France, and Hong Kong.  A new manuscript is currently in progress about human foibles, featuring bumbling mortals, including herself, the Classical Greek gods, and the Monkey King of Chinese mythology in fictitious exploits. To order her book, Cycling with the Dragon, go to http://www.nightwoodeditions.com/?page_id=842

This poem is from her upcoming  book:

“Precariously oof loping oof, an oyster oof coating intruding nuggets of conscience, oof the Monkey King scuffed, rippled, scraped, scratched his rough chest and crown; under arched eyebrows of dust, oof to bring order his kingdom in a cave. Why vacillate so much between resentment and hatred?

Sure, Sister-Monkey hid his stash of armor for 20 years with one of the Sea Kings. Oof-oof-oof. Okay, so she selfishly and arrogantly prevented him from invading a neighbouring mountain. He deserved pearls of respect not this goading reminder. He should demote her to cave janitor.
Oof-oof-ooooooful
Through Monkey ’s slow combustion, the haze of memory emerged: an intruder threatened their kingdom, Mountain Garden of the Waterfall Cave. His habit of feeding the shark of disdain with bloody morsels, meant he didn’t bother his sister with news of the incoming invasion. She suffered owwwf gross injuries.

Beneath his fingernails, blood burst forth where he dug the hardest owwwwwh….
Upsetting his teacup, he stretched his occasionally 6-foot forearm to pluck his mobile phone from its reclining spot by the chopping board. Dialing, he realized he needed her was sucked by an undertow of gratitude.

This time memory kicked his butt: when stricken with the overreach of greed, and avarice, she bowed low offered him solace of a hundred fanning female monkeys to cool his red ember brow.”

Elaine Woo (C) All rights reserved.