Ariadne’s Notes: On January 26, 1-2 pm, on CFRO, 100.5 FM, the World Poetry Café Radio Show with producer and host, Ariadne Sawyer, co-host Neall Ryon, super tech Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer, Sharon Rowe welcomed the poet Kevin Morris from England. He read his beautiful and profound poems on the show and talked about his life as a blind person and how it has influenced his poetry and senses. You can reach him at https://newauthoronline.com/
Also on the show was the music of Mike Jones and special e-poems by Wida Taursif, Afghanistan, Australia and Hongri Yuan from China.
Kevin Morris was born in Liverpool (UK) on 6 January 1969.
Kevin lost the majority of his eyesight at 18-months-old due to a blood clot.
He is a braille user and has happy memories of leafingthrough “The Oxford Book of English Verse” and other poetry collections in the school library.
Kevin read history and politics at University College Swansea and graduated with a BA (joint hons) and a MA in political theory.
In 1994 Kevin moved to London where he now lives and works. He began writing poetry in 2012. Most of Kevin’s poems can be found on his website, https://newauthoronline.com/ which also contains links to his published works. His Twitter account: https://twitter.com/drewdog2060
Much of Kevin’s poetry is inspired by the environment. He lives close to an historic park in the Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace area (a suburb of London). Upper Norwood derives it’s name from the Great North Wood and remains of the greenest parts of greater London.
Being visually impaired Kevin uses Job Access with Speech or JAWS software which converts text into speech and braille enabling him to use a standard Windows computer or laptop. You can also contact Kevin at: newauthoronline.wordpress.com
“On such a day, when the winter sun
Casts my shadow upon yonder wall,
It is difficult to recall
This will, one day be done.
In future will some other one, sitting here, and seeing their shadow fall
Ariadne’s Notes:On December 8, 1:00 pm. PST, CFRO 100.5 FM, Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon with super engineer, Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed the incomparable Lyne Beringer , our first poet from Alaska with her new book Alaskan Vogue . It was so much fun to talk to her and hear stories about Alaska!
Music by Mary Youngblood and Andy Vine.
Special E-poet: Kevin Morris from England with his poem: My Old Clock I Wind. He will be a featured poet on the radio show, Jan. 12th. Please send any questions you have for him to firstname.lastname@example.org His links: Kevin writes: https://newauthoronline.com/, which contains many examples of my poetry. Also, if possible could a link to my latest collection of poetry, “Refractions” be added”. https://www.amazon.com/Refractions-K-MORRIS-ebook/dp/B01L5UC2H2.”
Lyne writes: “I never thought the word “writer” would be used to describe me and the thoughts that tumble out of my head onto paper. It’s a new me, giving away words all neatly packaged up in rhyme.”
I have lived in the interior of Alaska off and on for nearly twenty years. Alaska gets in your blood. It lures you in then takes your soul hostage, becoming part of who you are, who you become. Every summer, the days are warm, long, and inviting. Tourists descend in droves, racing toward the next adventure, and a rich, colorful history provides plenty of businesses with trinkets to sell the Alaskan nostalgia. Anything seems possible when you are standing outside at midnight and the stars are nowhere to be found. That is until winter rolls back around.
I live and write in Fairbanks, a place where in winter, temperatures can hit -60° and darkness is a daily companion for months. It can and does play tricks on the mind. Throw in an independent, willful woman, with enough relationship blunders and baggage to sink a ship, and presto, words begin to spill all over anything that can be written on; words that are my salvation.
From sane to crazy and everywhere in between, that’s what Alaskan Vogue is. It’s my thoughts, carefully crafted in order to deliver my truth at any cost, and it’s how I buy my way out of a self imposed nether world. Alaskan Vogue is my story, my gift to the universe.
Fun Facts About Lyne : I live in Fairbanks Alaska. I’m divorced (4 times)I have 2 grown daughters and 4 grandchildren. I have 3 dogs. I work in the Aviation industry. I’m an amateur photographer. Alaskan Vogue” will be a first for me in publishing. I was first featured as author of the day through CTU 2/28/
“I never thought the word “writer” would be used to describe me and the thoughts that tumble out of my head onto paper. It’s a new me, giving away words all neatly packaged up in rhyme.”
“Only a mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of a wolf….”
The Original Arctic Queen
You ask who am I I promise to try To help you to understand Come here and sit by me boy I’m gonna make you my toy I am the ruler of all the land A heart forged out of ice I don’t like to play nice I must have total control I’ll help you believe What your eyes really see When I dismantle a couple of souls I can call on the winds Coax out all of your sins Bring your mind right up to the edge The end of your life Brought forth by the knife Unless obedience you earnestly pledge The sun is fading away You must beg me to stay Free will is now way out of sight It’s bitterly cold Watch the magic unfold As darkness replaces the light Bought and then sold For the price of some gold Quite cheap and rather obscene And by now you should know I command ice and snow I am the cunning Arctic Queen