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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.

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  • 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.

 

World Poetry Celebrates Lisa Bird-Wilson!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Plus  Radio Show on August 18th, CFRO 100.5 FM was so honoured  to welcome the great poet, Lisa Bird-Wilson with her new book The Red Files published by Nightwood Editions “Inspired by family and archival sources, Lisa Bird – Wilson assembles scraps of a history torn about by colonial violence.” Quote: Nightwood Editions.

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE!

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Lisa Bird-Wilson is a Saskatchewan Cree-Métis writer whose stories have been nominated for the Journey Prize, among others. Her work has appeared in periodicals such as Geist, Grain, Prairie Fire and in anthologies such as Best Canadian Essays and cîhcêwêsin. Lisa’s award-winning fiction Just Pretending (Coteau Books 2013) won numerous prizes including Saskatchewan Book of the Year, and was a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Award. He poetry book, The Red Files (Nightwood Editions), was released spring 2016.

 

Miss Atwater’s Class

hats askew and mitts bejeweled
with snow, coats open
to the weather, the girls play
in the shadow of the school, just inside
the invisible fence line
they make snowmen and snowwomen
while a huddle of trees holds watch

the girls’ class grows up in nine years
of sharp-edged photos, each time exposed
after play, exhausted—
in the front row an unwavering eye
catches the camera, an Indian
girl, number One-
Seven-Four on the school roll call
the girl with a narrow look, small
for her age, straight-faced,
never smiling, never
frowning, unreadable
as if she willed her young self long
ago to stop scenting the trap line, smoked
hide a vivid memory, pushed
aside: dense sage,
wild root, the open plain.

Lisa Bird-Wilson (C)

Nightwood Editions is committed to publishing and promoting the best new poetry and fiction by writers across Canada. Our goal is to give readers a chance to explore the high-quality work of emerging Canadian writers, and new writers an opportunity to publish their work in book form. Ultimately, Nightwood Editions strives to publish books that foster a community of writers and readers, providing a forum for thought, discussion and interaction while reflecting the diversity our country is known for.

Nightwood is also dedicated to producing excellent Canadian non-fiction that helps support its literary list. Whether publishing poetry, sports, fiction or crossword titles, Nightwood Editions maintains the highest standards in all it undertakes, building on its growing reputation.

 

World Poetry Café Radio Show Schedule for August!

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Upcoming World Poetry Café Radio Shows 100.5 FM, CFRO,  1-2 pm PST. Thursday  August features in August:

August 4, Patrick de Moss,Playwright, poet, prose writer  and Anupma Garg,   educator and poetry.

August 11,  Ruth Kozak with her new book Volume 2  SHADOW OF THE LION: THE FIELDS OF HADES is due to be published in October. This is part 2 of her novel about the fall of Alexander’ the Great’s dynasty. Published by MEDIA-aria. CDM Bristol, England.

August 18, Nightwood Editions authors with new books: The Red Files by Lisa Bird Wilson and How Festive the Ambulance by Kim Fu.

August 25, Nightwood Editions: How To Be Eaten By  A Lion by  Michael Johnson and Kris Allen, CD Beloved,  Braithwaite & Katz , Jazz music.

*Thanks to Nightwood Editions, MEDIA-aria. CDM Bristol, England  and Braithwaite & Katz.

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