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World Poetry Celebrates Kagan Goh from Canada!

 Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon , engineer Victor Schwartzman ; welcomed Kagan Goh the well known poet, filmmaker and author to the show on February 11, 1-2 pm  on CRFO, 100.5 FM.

It was a fascinating show about Kagan’s work and about his father’s friendship with the musician David Bowie who recently passed away but may be reunited with him in another dimension. Another focus was on the mistreatment of poets, writers and dissidents at that time and which seems to be history repeating itself over and over again. A must listen show! CLICK HERE!


Kagan Goh was born in Singapore in 1969.  After years of traveling, he emigrated with his family to Canada in 1986 and now resides in Vancouver.  Kagan is a spoken word poet, published author, playwright and mental health activist. In 2012, Select Books in Singapore published his first book Who Let In the Sky?  Kagan is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a number of releases including the award-winning Mind Fuck (1996) and Stolen Memories (2012). His films have been broadcast on national television and gained entry into respected film festivals across Canada.  


I’m no stranger to sorrow but I’m one of the happiest people I know.

People think I’m naïve because I wear my heart on my sleeve.

Because I am so buoyant with joy they treat me like a boy.

Little do they know my heart is cast in the kilns of pain.

Not even God can break me. I’m already broken.

It’s through the cracks my truth is spoken.

I have more faith than a thousand religions.

Love is the only thing I really believe in.

Like my fellow mental health survivors I am a veteran.

I have my battle scars. I do not hide them.

Neither do I parade them for I am no victim.

Won’t join the ticker tape parade.

No thanks I don’t need your angst.

Don’t want to dwell on the time I spent in hell.

I’d much rather reminisce on this world of bliss,

give misery a miss to kiss the lips of life.

I’m gonna marry her and make her my wife.

And if you think pain and suffering makes you deep,

I’d rather wade in the shallow waters of happiness

than drown in the depths of your despair,

cuz buddy believe it or not I’ve been there.

I’m done doing time in my own mind.

Now I’m digging this life like a gold mine.

And I found there’s nothing more profound than joy.

If suffering makes me a man, I’d rather be a boy

with an irrepressible joy not even God almighty can destroy.

Kagan Goh (C)






The Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival!

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The Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Proudly announces the Empowered Award Winners.

We had over 300 nominations come in, some even six months early. We wish we could honour all of you.

Each nominee was nominated by at least two people, in some cases much more. A check was made as to background, good heart,abilities and the quest for peace. The Empowerment awards are based on these qualities.

This year, the age range is from 12-100!

An award will be given to those that can attend during the month of October, for those who cannot come due to Visas or other reasons, a certificate will be sent to you by e-mail. In past festivals, awards were sent out, but most never reached their destinations. If there is a name or country error, please let us  know.

This list will be going on site and when time permits, a brief bio, photo and a poem or writing will be put on site.

The festival is coming together, created by many hours of volunteer work for peace. We are have launched a Crowd Funding site to pay for some of the costs, rather than have it come out of pocket. For more information: Go to  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fourth-world-poetry-peace-festival/x/8284778 and join the team to create empowerment and peace!!This is your festival too and the waves of peace coming from it will circle the world!You can also contribute by becoming a peace connector volunteer and helping out in the festival. Contact: ariadnes@uniserve.com or astarte_sita@yahoo.com

All the best to you and keep up the good work. Peace and the world needs you!

World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Award Winners!

World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award: Carol Knepper, Canada.

World Poetry Unsung Hero Award: Mobin Saberi, Canada.

World Poetry Cultural Ambassador   Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah, Ghana.

World Poetry Music Ambassador Yoshifumi Sakura, Japan.

World Poetry Cultural Ambassador: Mutiu Olawuyi, Gambia.

World Poetry Theatre Ambassador: Oswald Okaitei. Ghana

World Poetry Youth Peace Ambassador: Timileyin Olajuwon, Nigeria.

World Poetry Empowered Poets:

Janet Kvammen, Canada

Elaine Woo, Canada

Honey Novick, Canada

Una Bruhns, Canada

Lini Grol, Canada

Anviksha Srivastava. India & USA.

Corazon Wong Canda, Japan.

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld, USA.

Helen Bar- Lev, Israel

Mamta Agarwal, India

Peter Thabit Jones, Wales

Stanley Barkan, USA

Adisa AJA Andwele, USA.

Samay Hamed, Afghanistan.

Lidia  Chiarelli,  Italy.  

 Murray Kion. Netherlands

Empowered Musician:

Enrico Renz, Canada.

World Poetry Empowered Graphic Artist:

Sainabou Baldeh, The Gambia.

Empowered Filmmakers

Kagan Goh, Canada.

Mary Fowles, Canada.

Rahmat Haidari, Afghanistan.

Ghafar Faizyar, Afghanistan.

Akshat Ajay Sharma, India.

Sharif Saedi, Afghanistan.

*** Three filmmakers from our new partner, Vancouver Asian Film Festival will be joining us as soon as they are selected


World Poetry Proudly Presents Kagan Goh, Poet, Filmmaker from Canada!

Ariadne’s notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with Host Israel Mota and guest host Wanda Kehewin, welcomed the poet, filmmaker and World Poetry Director Kagan Goh to the radio show on CFRO, 100.5 fm. To listen to this great show: CLICK HERE!

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Kagan Goh is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, published author, spoken word poet, journalist and mental health activist.  Kagan was diagnosed with manic depression at 23 in 1993 on Valentine’s Day.  He started writing about his experiences about living with a mental illness and became involved in Vancouver’s literary community.  He is an established spoken word poet who has performed at open mics, readings, festivals and radio.  His personal mission is to educate people about mental health issues and fight the stigma against the mentally ill.

Here is  an article that has been published in an e-magazine called the Kerrisdale Playbook: THE MARK OF A MAVERICK: KAGAN GOH’SARTISTIC CONFRONTATION WITH STIGMAS AND STEREOTYPES. He would like to thank Keiko Honda, journalist Haley Cameron, and photographer Noriko Nasu Tidball forthis article. Here is the link: http://www.kccplaybook.org/2014/05/03/the-mark-of-a-maverick-kagan-gohs-artistic-confrontation-of-stigmas-and-stereotypes/



As a kid in Singapore,
I played games with my childhood friends.
Hide and Seek, Catching, Hopscotch, Hacky Sack.
We’d amused ourselves with insults.
To fat people we sang:
“Hey Fatty Bom Bom, Sweet Sugar Dumpling…”
But the worst was to be called crazy.

If someone behaved strangely, we’d frighten them:
“If you act like a lunatic, we’ll send you in a straitjacket to Woodbridge Hospital.”
It was a harmless joke, sung like a nursery rhyme by taunting children.

But it was also a warning:
“Beware.  Act normal otherwise we’ll send you to the Loony Bin.”
Looking back I find it ironic

I’ve been incarcerated in the psych ward
of Saint Paul’s Hospital more times than I care to remember.
Having been in a mental asylum I no longer find the joke funny
or harmless.

Kagan Goh (C)