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World Poetry Celebrates Yaara Ben-David from Israel!

 Ariadne’s Notes:

The World Poetry Café had an enchanting show on April 27, CFRO 100.5 FM with poets from Israel and Ghana phoning in. To LISTEN CLICK HERE!

Yaara Ben David phoned in at 1:10 pm PST, CFRO 100.5 FM. She read a poem in Hebrew and we listened to a lovely Clip of music based on her poem as well as hearing her  profound thoughts on poetry. Her comments  and lovely voice added a special quality to the interview.

Oswald Okaitei, World Poetry Theatre Director and multi-award winner, Called in from Accra, Ghana at 1:40 pm PST with interactive song and poetry poems. It was great to hear what he is doing and the possibility that he may visit Canada in August. We also want to thank him for his warm words about World Poetry Canada International and how our belief in him has helped.

Such a magical hour, E-poems by Robert w. McGregor  (one in Spanish) and Katherine Gordon from her new  collected and edited book called Piping at End of Days. I am honoured to be in

 Also, the World Poetry Café radio Show Team  of Host and producer Ariadne Sawyer, MA, co-host Anita Aguirre Nieveras, special tech, Victor Schwartzman , special volunteer and dog Willow did a wonderful job. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yaara Ben-David is a veteran Israeli poet residing in Israel. To date, she has published nine books, of which seven are poetry books (including the new book “Blood Red Strawberries”) and two are a collection of essays on Israeli and international literary works. These books have received acclaim in Israel, earning awards and prizes.

Her poems, written in Hebrew, have been translated into various languages and published in literary publications worldwide. Dozens of her poems have been put to music and subsequently performed by well-known musicians. Her recently published book of poems, “Fragile Balance,” has been warmly received, lauded on the pages of literary journals and on Israeli radio programs.

Additionally, since 1970, Yaara Ben-David exhibits her collage works in galleries and various cultural centers in Israel. There is a bi-directional influence between her poetry and her collage works. Source: &  www.contentoNow

 

 The book is now available on:

The book is now available on Amazon.com
https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Red-Strawberries-Yaara-Ben-David-ebook/dp/B01MR6ZMZP

 

Reaffirmation

I buy myself rights

in this plot of time

in which one always pays

in blood-red strawberries,

to later draw the line for eyes

oblivious to their own longing.

The beauty is in the fruit that has ripened and slowly soured

and is already molded in the language

like a contradiction within itself.

Yaara Ben-David (C) All rights reserved by the author.

 

 

 

 

World Poetry Proudly Presents Oswald George Okaitei from Ghana!

Ariadne’s notes: The World Poetry Café with hosts Ariadne Sawyer, MA and Israel Mota welcomed Oswald George Okaitei or Oswald d’Atl Entertainer (on Facebook) to the show. calling by phone from Ghana, it was an interesting show of poetry and song by this  empowered award winner and talented young man who supported peace with an impressive World Poetry Peace Poetathon event. Debut of the World Poetry Theme song by Empowered Musician Yoshifuma Sakura from Japan  and entered into the computer by Tao Kimball was played for the first time. welcome music by Canadian musician Swan Walker, background music for cello by Yo Yo Mah. To listen to this show: Link not working.  http://www.coopradio.org/station/archives/1707

OSWALD IN CITI

 

 

 

 

 

Oswald George Okaitei, Oswald d’Atl Entertainer (on Facebook), is a native of Osu Kinkawe from a town situated in Accra, the capital of Ghana.

He is a graduate of the University of Cape Coast and had his junior and senior
high education at Seven Great Princes Academy and Presbyterian Boys Secondary
School respectively. As a child, Oswald showed great interest in theatre arts
and his exceptional commitment and skills saw him featured in a lot of stage
and screen plays.

In his teens, he featured in Ghana Television’s Children Drama Series, BY THE
FIRESIDE, performed at the National Theatre of Ghana’s Fun World and KIDDAFEST
among others. He then played ‘Boy’ in ‘ANOWA’ in honour Prof. Ama Atta Aidoo
during the National Theatre of Ghana’s LIVING LEGENDS SERIES 2003. After
University education, he featured in ‘Me Da Dwene’ (My Life), a Tv playlet of
TV Africa and then took to serious writing and staging of plays and poetry
performances at the National Theatre of Ghana, National Centre for Culture, and
other many prestigious venues.

His literary works include ‘NKRUMAH MIGHT BE RIGHT!’, ‘WHO STOLE THE CASKET?’,
‘IN MAN’S LIBIDO’ and ‘IN THE BAG OF A WOMAN’ (Plays) and ‘A WREATH TO
AWOONOR!’, ‘SONGS OF CONDOLENCE TO TACLOBAN’, ‘MANDELA; THE SOUL OF HIS EARTH’,
‘THE CHRONICLES OF 24TH JULY’,   ‘TRIAL OF THE LORDS’, ‘A SCROLL TO
MY KINS’, and ‘LIGHT TO THE VULNERABLES’ NIGHT’ (Poetry). All were published by
THE INK FIRM.

Honours received by Oswald include:

2003 – Best Senior Secondary Schools Poet (Ga East)

2012  – Nominee (Ghana Achievers Awards- Arts Category)

2013 – World Poetry Empowered Poet from Ghana

2013 – Pentasi B. Inspirational Poet

LOST VOICES!

Lost voices!
Wondering in the desert
And squeezing
Stones for water to calm their thirsts

Lost voices!
Screaming in the streets with tears
Raining down
their eyes to the mercy of none!

Today’s life
Slams them into the hive
Subjecting them
To the sting of the buzzing bees!

Lost voices!
The future of today lost to the dreams
Of their fate
And struggling for breath…

I see
Across the roaring constellations of the sea
Descending
From the clouds’ skies, their refuge

But
Sparkles of greed invaded souls
Eclipse
The reach of touch to their quest!

Lost voices
they lay vulnerable
With today’s future in their arms
Craving for refuge!

Lost voices!
Absent in the presence of their presence
and wandering
In the streets of Mogadishu for survival

From my collection- LIGHT TO THE VULNERABLES’ NIGHT!

Published by THE INK FIRM (C) 2014

World Poetry Proudly Presents the Poet AJA from Barbados and Brooklyn, NY!

Ariadne’s note: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota were honored to welcome the Internationally known performance poet and musician AJA to the show. Also the show was dedicated to Komla Dumor BBC anchor from Ghana who passed away last week in our new In Loving Memory segment. E-poems from Oswald George Okaitei    and  Benjamin Oku were also featured as well as music from Rene Hugo Sanchez and Anthony Blackman, steel pan player and teacher. To listen CLICK HERE!

 

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A Special Message to the World.

“As we start 2014, it is time that people understand that there is only one race on the Earth – the Human Race. Therefore, the artificial barriers and divisions that exist must be eliminated, for the World to live as One.

We are all going around together, and we must share a collective responsibility not only to protect the planet, but to make human existence one free of hunger, poverty, war and many of the other global issues.

Human consciousness needs to rise to this level of awareness for Human existence to attain a higher level. The fact that millions of children die from hunger and poverty every year does not paint a positive picture and negates human development, which seems to be measured solely by technological development. ” By AJA

AJA poet is a Barbadian-born World Music & Jazz poet and musician based in New York.  AJA blends Jazz and R&B with various Caribbean rhythms – including Reggae and Calypso, to create a unique sound.  This provides the platform for him to deliver his thought-provoking and engaging poetry. AJA has taken performance poetry to the international World Music, Jazz and Poetry Festivals stages; and his works have also been internationally published.

A feature of AJA is his intensity on stage. His work is captivating with heart-wrenching imagery that is engaging – “edutainment”.  From his emergence as a poet, AJA has focused on global issues such as war, hunger and the abuse of women and children. But in 2003 he decided to do more and transformed his poems from the stage and the page into practical initiatives in Barbados, other Caribbean territories as well as in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

In 2003 he was made a UNDP Spokesperson on Peace and Poverty Eradication for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.  He is also a UN Women Caribbean Partner for Peace; and a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders – promoting and mobilising activities for the “UNiTE: End Violence against Women” Campaign.

Click here for a live performance:BIO eFlyer AJA

Here are two of his performance pieces:

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www.reverbnation.com/ajapoet    Tel: 917-797-9173  Email: ajapoet@hotmail.com

Hyphenated

Inspired by Governor Bobby Jindal comments on race in America on the 50th Anniversary of the Speech by Martin Luther Jr.

I am a wedged between people

undermining the oneness of thought and being

I stop minds from seeing

To see only differences and comparisons

I am most distinct in my intent

More identifiable than apartheid

More universal than the snaking

Red Sea Walls of Separation

I project more snobbery from my appearance

That the opulence of the wealthy

Pushing up their noses

at the lifestyles coming from

inner Brooklyn ‘hip-hop’ cities

 

I may appear shortened

as though a line incomplete

and robbed from reaching my wholeness

But nevertheless,

I am imposed everywhere at will

inconveniently overused and inserted

indicating a link between

But a separate-ness

who am I?

I am hyphen

when I arrived in America

I immediately hyphen-native the Indians

Didn’t look back

while forwarding through time

To define all persons and patrons

Then I hyphenated the North from the South

Made America see itself

Only through hyphen after hyphen

I am made it citizens become hyphened-Americans

 

I hyphenated every race

Made people look at only face

Even hyphenated their space

displacing logical thinking

confusing the understanding of the social engineering

Or making it disappear

And in contrast I created

A Working hyphen class

A Middle hyphen class

An a Upper hyphen class

 

And as time further passed

I became that space

a hyphen between their ears

Imagine that, me just a small dash

A seemingly insignificant symbol

One that can’t multiply or add

subtract or divide

Could become such a symbol

Of the splintering of Americans

Into so many Social hyphen Class divisions.

August 26, 2013

Adisa ‘AJA’ Andwele, (c) 1094 East 58 Street, Brooklyn,  NY 11234