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
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
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.*
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.
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
(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
Switchblades and murders,
Mafia and threats from beasts of the night
Hovering at my bedside
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.
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe , on April 15, 1-2 pm, PST, welcomed the poetess Deborah Kelly and the classical artist Linda Antognini to the show. Also the talented e-poets: Jeanneclaire Probst and Mohan Sanjeevan. Thanks to the World Poetry team of Victor Swartzman , sound engineer , Ariadne Sawyer, MA, host and producer, special volunteer Sharon Rowe and the media consultant Osiris Muir. Music by Stan Rogers and Djelimady Toukara. A special thank you to Osiris Muir Media.
What writing does for the soul…
Hopes of comfort and peace are only part of a writer’s goal… As other benefits are derived if the truth be told. At times words can be worth more than the value of gold… When gifting thoughts from your heart for others to hold.
Deborah L. Kelly is an award winning Poet, who Features regularly throughout the Lower Mainland. She is the award winning author of three published books of poetry, and is currently working on her fourth. Her work has been published in India, Uzbekistan and other countries as well. Poem to follow.
The Spark That Will Change The World
Painted on Canvas ~ Project Tupac
By Linda Antognini
Linda is an accomplished classically trained artist creating original paintings and custom artworks. Linda, a true student of life and life long artist, studied art and lived in Italy for 10 years. She has been oil painting since childhood, taking her art wherever she goes. Her work reflects her talent and diverse experiences, as she connects each subject designing in both visual and emotional detail. Linda’s creations display passion and expressions, made possible by doing what she loves most, painting. Her works of art can be found throughout the United States and Europe.
Linda’s current efforts are focused on “Project Tupac”, which is a collection of over 21 separate works of art. Project Tupac is designed to emotionally blend Tupac’s lyrical messages with her powerful artistic visual interpretations. Listening to each song while visually focused on the paired canvas, combine to create dynamic experiences that produce emotional responses that are profoundly unique and personal.
“Project Tupac” has set a singular goal of promoting Linda’s work for the benefit of communities across our nation. Employing the fresh idea of blending Tupac’s lyrical messages and the visual canvas interpretation, “Project Tupac” is committed to promote awareness around the common social issues that Tupac Shakur sang so passionately about.