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World Poetry Celebrates Icis C. Benjamin!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show on Thursday, Feb.23 had the honor to present Icis C. Benjamin with a special e-poem for Nelson Mandela at 1:30 PM , PST.

World Poetry Café team: Ariadne Sawyer , Producer and host , Ruth Kozak , guest host, Victor Schwartzman  and Sharon Rowe.

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Our E-Poetry of the Week features a tribute to Nelson Mandela for the last day of Black History Month.

Icis C. Benjamin hails from the beautiful island of Antigua in the Caribbean. Lived in the U. S. Virgin Islands for twenty four years where she worked with the Department of Education as an English teacher.

Mandela

He was a brave and valiant soldier
Who fought hard to rid apartheid
Though arrested and thrown in jail
With all he got vigorously he tried
Imprisoned but he kept a level head
Not knowing how long he would be there
For the people he stood firm without falter
Giving them hope so they’ll have no fear.
Committed no crime, yet he served time
Because he stood by his beliefs
Incarceration allow time to strategize
To his followers freedom brought relief.
When elected for the role of president
Many around the globe-that day-rejoiced
It was the moment they’ve been awaiting
A neutral, dedicated, and powerful voice.
He led his people in the way entitled
And his rule didn’t include greed
When the time devoted came to an end
He took his leave and bowed out indeed.
His retirement was of a quiet life style
Spending quality time with his family
On occasions his name circulated, but
Keeping a low profile made him happy.
Then his health started to deteriorate
Causing thousands to be concerned
Many took time from busy schedules
For any update in which to be learned.
December fifth two thousand thirteen
The sad news reached listening ears
Of the passing of a great world’s leader
Bringing to their faces streaming tears.
He fought for justice and gained respect
Differently–others now view South Africa
The time has come for his lengthy rest
So sleep on our brother, Nelson Mandela!

~icb~ is in Central Florida where writing poetry, cooking, traveling, and spending time with my grandchildren are dear to my heart!” (C) All rights reserved.

 

World Poetry Celebrates the talented Satoko Fujii!

 

logo-small-262x300Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show on Feb. 23, 2017, at 1:40 pm PST , CFRO, 100.5 FM,welcomed the amazing  pianist and composer Satoko Fujii  who phoned in from Japan  featuring her unique new album promoting peace.

The World Poetry Team: Ariadne Sawyer producer and host, guest host, Ruth Kozak and super engineer Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe . Also, presented were Fauzia Rafique and Icis Benjamin with her e-poem.

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New Album  Peace!

With each new orchestra album, pianist-composer Satoko Fujii deepens and refines one of the most startling and singular concepts in large ensemble free jazz today. Peace (January 27, 2017, Libra Records), the fifth album with her 15-member Orchestra Tokyo, is no exception. A tribute to the late guitarist Kelly Churko, the recording features special guests drummer Peter Orins and trumpeter Christian Pruvost with whom Fujii and her husband Natsuki Tamura perform in the collective quartet KAZE. Together these friends and colleagues create one of the most personal of Fujii’s 18 (!) big band albums.

Peace, a tribute to the late guitarist Kelly Churko, who played on Fujii’s Zakoplane and also her First Meeting set, Cut the Rope (Libra Records, 2009), starts with noise music—something Churko loved. The tune “2014” (the year Churko died) opens the album with what sounds like ghost breezes blowing through a spooky house. Then the chattering begins—the guess here it Natsuki Tamura working his trumpet magic, unaccompanied, then in duo with one of the set’s two drummers five minutes into the thirty-three minute tune. Then the orchestra enters, in a loose, surging, melancholy segment that cuts off sharply, giving way a stuttering, squawking trombone interjected with low-in-the-mix vocal proclamations leading into a spirited trombone/tenor sax conversation. There is also a section that sounds like a stroll through a working construction site: jack hammers pounding, power saws singing.

Peace features a pair of guests from one of Fujii’s wilder ensembles, Kaze: drummer Peter Orins and trumpeter Christian Pruvost. Provost combines his powerhouse percussive propulsion with that of the regular Orchestra Tokyo drummer Akira Horikoshi’s. It results in some explosive moments. And Orins, combined with Tamura, leads the orchestra’s brass sound into levels of density and strangeness not often heard.

The Natsuki Tamura-penned “Jasper” is a different sound, washes of horns pulsing over a drone, building to a crescendo then tapering down to relative peace. And the tune “Peace” is anything but peaceful. It opens as a riot, then moves into a segment that sounds as though they put a microphone up against a jar full of hornets, after somebody shook the jar. And the closer, “Beguine Nummer Eins,” sounds almost mainstream, in a boldly pastoral way.

The pre-Peace spin-through of Fujii’s previous orchestral outing says that the composer took more than her usual risks in putting this sound together. It has an audacity and powerful joy of creation that rises, ever so slightly, above her best orchestral work.

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 Albums are available on Amazon.com

Sources : Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo: Peace – allaboutjazz.com and Braithwaite and Katz.

World Poetry Celebrates Fauzia Rafique!

 

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Ariadne’s Notes:  The World Poetry Café Radio Show with host Ariadne Sawyer and guest host Ruth Kozak , super engineer Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed the talented Fauzia Rafique February 23, 1-2 pm PST on CFRO, 100.5 FM.  Also featured were pianist and composer Satoko Fujii calling in from Japan (courtesy of  Braithwaite & Katz ) and featured e-poet Icis C. Benjamin, originally from Antigua with his poem Mandela. Both will be featured separately on site.

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A South Asian Canadian writer of fiction and poetry, Fauzia Rafique writes in English, Punjabi and Urdu. Her second novel ‘The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior’ is being launched by Libros Libertad in November 2016 while her third novel ‘Triple’ is being considered by a publisher for 2017. She was recognized in 2012 by peer group WIN Canada as ‘Distinguished Poet & Novelist’ for her first novel ‘Skeena’ (Libros Libertad 2011) and the first chapbook of English and Punjabi poems ‘Passion Fruit/Tahnget Phal’ (Uddari Books 2011). Her eBook of poems ‘Holier Than Life’ was published in 2013. Earlier, she edited an anthology of writings of women of South Asian origin, ‘Aurat durbar: The Court of Women’ (Toronto 1995). In Pakistan, Fauzia worked as a journalist and screenwriter.

Through creative writing, blogging and community development work Fauzia supports freedom of expression and equality. In 2013, she declined Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to protest against Canadian Government and British Monarchy for refusing to meet hunger-striking Native Canadian leaders. She publishes blogs on Punjabi literature, blasphemy and honor killings. She is a co-founder and the coordinator of Surrey Muse, an interdisciplinary art and literature presentation group that meets every month in Surrey since 2011.

Fauzia is working on a collection of her poems, a novel, and, on a translation of a Greek poets’ anthology from English to Punjabi and Urdu.

Good news…’ by Fauzia Rafique

i moved
to a place with a thick
patch of lush green trees
a block or so from me
fenced in exploration
was trespassing but
it was there on my way
home a privilege
to walk by hear the birds
chirp play fly
some squirrels rats
signs of hedgehogs
all kinds of people offencing
the fence
a lovely spring and
then the summer arrived
flowering bushes and blackberries
sprawled out of the fence
burying it in a cover
of color and nutrition
one morning
my neighborhood sounded
too busy for itself
heavy equipment moved in
and in the next four days
the trees were cut thrashed
raised to the ground, except for a couple
fronting the kgb, a decorative
marketing ploy, selling
the illusion of home
138 brand new
3-4 bedroom
1500-1750 sqft
townhomes.

Poisoned rats began to come
and die in my yard.
Birds went silent for a day
or two witnessing the deaths
we did not see.

Someone grieves, leaving signs
saying ‘i grieve’ at the scenes
of the crime. My friend, david dalley,
i grieve with you
and i demand from the city
and its developers (as they
make their money)
a tree
for a tree

a tree
for every tree

a tree
for every profit-damned earth-loving brown-ass tree

Plant it in
that neighborhood
as you make
your money.
A Tree For A Tree!

Fauzia Rafique (C) All rights reserved. Copy write is the author’s.