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World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Youth Poet Ahmed Al-Khatat!

 

 

 

 

 

   Northern Lights.

Ariadne’s Notes: Exciting new show World Poetry Café  radio show, July 12, 1-2 pm PST with  a fascinating double billing of Melanie Simms an award winning poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at 1:10 pm PST, and featured at 1:30 pm PST  the talented poet  Ahmad Al-Khatat  who was born in Baghdad.  It is wonderful to have such youth poets, the guiding lights of the future. Canada is proud of them.

Team: Ariadne  Sawyer, MA and Dr. Diego Bastinutti, hosting. Victor Swartzman sound engineer, Sharon Rowe, special volunteer.    The show included a beautiful e-poem dedicated with permission to Osiris Munir from a powerful e-poet from  Kenya, Alexander Nderitu. He  is a Kenyan novelist and poet. In 2014, BBC Scotland picked his poem ‘Someone in Africa Loves You’ to represent Kenyan literature at the Commonwealth Games.  His official website is www.AlexanderNderitu.com  Also included were segments by Jeanne Probst , Sharon Rowe and Victor Schwartzman with his new satirical book. 

What an honour to have such wonderful guests on the show

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 Featured poet Ahmad Al-Khatat was born in Baghdad. From Iraq, he came to Canada at the age of10, the same age when he wrote his very first poem back in the year 2000. He also has been published in several press publications and anthologies all over the world and currently studies Political Sciences, at the Concordia University in Montreal. He has recently published his first chapbook “The Bleeding Heart Poet” with Alien Buddha Press. He has recently published his first chapbook “The Bleeding Heart Poet” with Alien Buddha Press. It is available for sale on Amazon. Most of his new and old poems are also available on his official page Bleeding Heart Poet on FB.  

Here is his first written   poem in Arabic:

سلامي سلامي إليك يا وطني سلامي من الأهل وإلى الأهل سلامي بروحي فديت ديني و سلامي و دعوت إلى الحب و السلام و ما كانت صلاتي الا لربي وسلامي تحياتي إلى وطني شهيد وسلامي و سيبقى الوطن مرفوع و سلامي و سأعود إليه بلهفة و سلام و أزور قبرك المُرفرفة عليه حمامات السلام سلامي سلامي الى وطني .مذبوح السلام

In English:

Send My Salutations      

                     

My salutations to you, my country;

I’m sending my salutes.         

From my family and to my family

I send my special salutations.                                             

ّI sacrifice my soul for my religion,

and I send my greetings.                                                   

I used to pray for love and peace.            

My prayers are to none but my God,

and I send my salutations.                                                                                   

                                                    

My greetings to my homeland,

the martyr, and I send my salutations.                      

My country’s status will stay elevated,

and to it I send my salutes.

To my homeland I will return eagerly and in peace.                                                         

  I will visit its grave;

Fluttering over it will be the pigeons of peace.                            

To my country, whose peace’s been slaughtered,

I send my salutations.

*Ahmad Al-Khatat  (C) All rights reserved by the author.*

3/05/2000

World Poetry Celebrates the Wonderful Poetess and Writer Melanie Simms !

 

 

Ariadne’s Notes: 

Exciting new show World Poetry Café  radio show, July 12, 1-2 pm PST with  a fascinating double billing of Melanie Simms an award winning poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a former Perry County Poet Laureate of PA on the show also featured  was the talented poet  Ahmad Al-Khatat  who was born in Baghdad.  Team: Ariadne  Sawyer, MA and Dr. Diego Bastinutti, hosting. Victor Swartzman sound engineer, Sharon Rowe, special volunteer.    The show included a beautiful e-poem dedicated with permission to Osiris Munir from a powerful e-poet from  Kenya, Alexander Nderitu. He  is a Kenyan novelist and poet. In 2014, BBC Scotland picked his poem ‘Someone in Africa Loves You’ to represent Kenyan literature at the Commonwealth Games. . His official website is www.AlexanderNderitu.com It was such an honor to talk to Melanie again and to meet Ahmad Al-Katat and listen to his poetry in Arabic and English. 

 

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Melanie Simms is an award winning poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a former Perry County Poet Laureate of PA .She is the author of  two books of poetry, Waking the Muse (Outskirts Press), Remember the Sun (Sunbury Press) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her  new book Life Signs and Fortune Cookies will be released shortly from Sunbury Press as well. To pre-order:  contact her publisher at lknorr@sunburypress,com  (Sunbury Press) 

She has two new books upcoming, Journeys through the Aesculapia, (a book of poetry about medicine and the experience of healing) and her first science fiction book, Alien Prophecy is currently underway. You can visit Melanie’s website at poetmelaniesimms.wordpress.com

SUTURES

(for Dr. Wazir, Geisinger Oral Surgery)

I opened my neck

Bared the wounds of my life,

As your scissors

Cut me free.

It was a necessary surgery,

Yet as you snipped,

Stitch by stitch

I imagined

Switchblades and murders,

Mafia and threats from beasts of the night

Hovering at my bedside

Seeking

To devour me.

I even feared

You might be one of those rogue doctors

Killing patients on rounds.

A bible lay at the bottom of my bed

Trying to remind me of a long, lost god,

But through your kindness, I found salvation.

You rescued me

Healed me with your modern amulets and medical wisdoms,

Sent the demons back to Hades,

And brought me to the light

Like a priest on Sunday morning,

Inviting me to drink

From the wine of life

 

Melanie Simms (C)  All rights reserved by the author.

 

 

World Poetry Celebrates Melanie Simms and Roxanne Health!

 

Ariadne’s Notes:

Broadcasting from New Westminster and Vancouver, BC, Canada with great thanks to tech Kerry Buckner,The World Poetry Radio Show, CFRO 100.5 FM , 1-2 PM PST on May 31,  celebrated Melanie Simms and Roxanne Health. They were unable to call in because  their cell phone cards  were not able to connect with Canada.

However, I read their bios and then went on to read poems from the World Poetry Peace E-Anthology on this site. If you want to read the poems and poets featured , the names and poems plus the page numbers will be listed here: Addena Sumter-Freitag, pages 175-177. Wida Tausif. Pages 180-181, Cheng Yousha, pages, 197-199. Ljupce Zahariev , 201. Also great thanks to Carol Knepper who did a great job of editing and all the others who worked on this free e-anthology of peace for the world.

It is a wonderful Peace e-Anthology full of important poems. *Please do not copy the poems without permission and are the property of the authors. Go to : http://worldpoetry.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ebook-vs6-March-13.pdf *

LAVENDER MEMORIES- 1 was  read  from  a poet Amita Sanghviamita  who is  on tour from Oman who has been launching her new book. She is on the faculty from Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman. She says: ‘I recently launched my poetry book at Indian Embassy, Oman. I am traveling to Vancouver for a week- 19 th to 25th  of June. Can I present my poems and the book? MY BOOK IS LAVENDER MEMORIES AND OTHER POEMS AND CENTRAL THEME IS PEACE AND HEALING .”

Music by the amazing Phil Haynes. philhaynes.com

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Melanie Simms is an award winning author with over two hundred publications of poetry and short stories. She is the author of two poetry books, Remember the Sun (Sunbury Press) and Waking the Muse (Outskirts Press). She is included in numerous anthologies, and recent publications include The Galway Revew (Ireland), Adelaide Literary Magazine (published out of New York and Lisbon), and Blood And Thunder Literary Journal (University of Oklahoma). She is the recipient of a Vermont Writers Studio Scholarship, and finalists in the Adelaide Literary Competition (for poetry and short story writing) and the Richard Savage Award (Bloomsburg University). Her B.A. degree is in Creative Writing from Bloomsburg University and her MFA is currently in progress. She has two new books in progress; Alien Prophecy (her first science fiction novel) and a new collection of poetry (Poetry and Medicine) a collection that focuses on healing and medicine.She has appeared on numerous radio and television programs for the arts.You can learn more about Melanie Simms at www.poetmelaniesimms.wordpress.com

https://www.pw.org/content/melanie_simms_

 

 A poem for Dr.Moshin Wazir, Geisinger Oral Surgery.

SUTURES

I opened my neck

Bared the wounds of my life,

As your scissors

Cut me free.

It was a necessary surgery,

Yet as you snipped,

Stich by stitch

I imagined

Switchblades and murders,

Mafia and threats from beasts of the night

Hovering at my bedside

Seeking

To devour me.

I even feared

You might be one of those rogue doctors

Killing patients on rounds.

A bible lay at the bottom of my bed

Trying to remind me of a long lost god,

But through your kindness, I found salvation.

You rescued me

Healed me with your modern amulets and medical wisdoms,

Sent the demons back to Hades,

And brought me to the light

Like a priest on Sunday morning,

Inviting me to drink

From the wine of life.

Melanie Simms. (C) All rights reserved by author .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author biography: Roxanne Heath’s interests and ambitions have changed many times over the years, but the one constant has been her affinity for fiction. Her primary hobby in childhood was writing stories, and the habit continued well into her high school and college years despite pursuing a degree in science. Her favorite genres to write are those that dabble in mythology, fantasy, and paranormal horror. She can be found on her website www.roxanneheath.com, but is more easily reached via Twitter and Facebook under the handle @rheathwrites