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World Poetry Celebrates the Talented ALARA BRETANNE!

 

 

 

Ariadne’s Notes:  Happy International Women’s Day! A special celebration with Alara Bretanne and e-poets: Vani Pradeep, India, Ceri Naz, Philippines and Alaha Ahrar, Afghanistan , US. 

Also included were Alfonso Pretel , Spain and  Michael Collins, Australia. Super tech Victor Swartzman sang Happy Birthday to the women of the world. Missing was Craig Earqhart   who was not able to join us since he was in the hospital but we played his UCLA heart transplant song . Music by John Lennon , Susan Cogan and Craig Earqhart. Thanks to Osiris Munir.

Sharon Rowe’s story, the Great Switch a Roo was dedicated to her friend Stuart who passed away recently. 

For years we have had a special event for International Women’s Day but were not able to this year. However this radio show made up for it.   Thank you all!

 

 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALARA BRETANNE

             At 15, Alara was introduced to poetry by an extraordinary English Lit. teacher from Trinidad.  Through his encouragement, one of her poems was published in the local newspaper.  While attaining her B.A., majoring  in English Lit., at Western University in London, Ontario, she was strongly influenced by the poets of the “Romantic Era” such as Blake, Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats. The mystical and metaphysical orientation of their writing gave Alara an expanded world vision

            Alara was involved with World Poetry, The Millenium Writers Group, and was featured as a guest poet on World Poetry’s radio station in Vancouver, BC. In 2011, upon moving to Vancouver Island, BC, she joined the Cowichan Writers Group and began writing short stories. Poetry and short stories were published in the Anthologies “One Brick Shorts” in 2013 and “Love Notes” in 2016. 

She describes the background of the poem: 

“The poem I selected to send was a “Goddess” poem to have a feminine style of prayer since much of our current religion is more masculine based, although I can see that changing.

Recently, in an on-line women’s group, a member had expressed her interest in my poem as she was having some difficulty in turning to a male God. I typed it on the Facebook page and it was quite well received. I’ve been involved in enough groups and can honestly say that these women want to get back to a more positive and sovereign form of empowered femininity that includes their sexual healing but not as ball busting feminists, although I think these brave women were very necessary in the early days of creating a path for women’s rights.”

 

FEMINESSENCE

(The Goddess Prayer)

My womb is bathed in golden light

Tiny stars swirling inside

Twinkling, laughing in the void

Peace, tranquility flowing through my body

Like mother’s milk

 

Ecstasy engorging my breasts

Nipples straining

For release, for touch

For light, for love

Body arched to give and to receive

The miracles of spirit

Born into flesh

 

My woman’s spirit in many guises

Soft, yielding

Hard, uncompromising

Seeker of Truth

Breast of Hope

Body of Life Eternal

ALARA BRETANNE

September 24, 1993, The Center, Kamloops. All rights reserved by the author.

 

World Poetry Celebrates The Amazing Deborah L. Kelly!

Ariadne’s Notes:

The World Poetry Café was honoured once again to celebrate the talented Deborah  L. Kelly and present her new powerful activist book  Cry of Humanity, Silverbowpublishing.com, 2017 This book still retains the magic and hope of her previous books while meeting world difficulties head on. A must read book available, locally and internationally  which can be purchased through the publisher at http://silverbowpublishing.com/

In addition, music by Pancho and Sal and Susan Cogan as well as an excerpt from Creativity Rocks and one of Sharon’s entertaining Big Bessie short stories read by the wonderful voice of our tech Victor Schwartzman. 

TO HEAR THIS SPECIAL SHOW: CLICK HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deborah L.Kelly is an award winning Poet, who Features regularly throughout the Lower Mainland. She is the 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.

 

Deborah’s work takes us into the duality of spirit and mortality; exploring the mysteries of humanity and Divinity. As a poet, I feel it a part of my purpose to inspire and uplift others around me. 

Other link: http://worldpoetry.ca/?p=1163

Website: www.poetrybydeborah.com  Member: Royal City Literary Arts Society (RCLAS) World Poetry Canada North Shore Writer’s Association

Author: Through My Eyes, Silverbowpublishing.com, 2015 Spirit Song, Xpresspublications.com, India, 2015, India orders: Amazon.in;  International: xpresspublications.com Heartworks, Silverbowpublishing.com , 2016 Cry of Humanity, Silverbowpublishing.com, 2017

Awards: Fourth Place Winner, Rabindranath Tagore International Poetry Competition, 2015, India; Honorable Mention 2016, IndiaShortlisted, Vancovuer Rabindranath Tagore Poetry Competition, Honorable Mention 2016 Recipient,  (WIN), Distinguished Poet Award, 2016 Winner, Bharat International Short Story Awards, 2017

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, BEGIN IT. Boldness has GENIUS, POWER, and MAGIC in it. ~ Goethe ~

Beginning; The End

In the continual flow

of lifes spiral,

we see ourselves

reflected in the light

of cosmic ether:

glowing, pure, immortal.

Though our mortal bodies

die, there is no death.

Passing between worlds

with the light speed

of soul ~ tis then we are whole.

Mortal vessel, unable

to transcend, must be

left behind, will never mend.

The beginning, is always

found at the end.

Deborah L. Kelly  (C) All rights reserved by the author.

 

 

World Poetry Poetry Proudly Presents Jude Neale from Canada!

The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer, Anita Aguirre Nieveras and host/super tech, Israel Mota welcomed Jude Neale of Bowen Island to the radio show.
A great time was had by all even though there were a few tech difficulties.
Music by Jude Neale, Ariadne and Susan Cogan.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SHOW   (The show seems to have recording problems)

 

Jude Neale  Blue Gown

Jude Neale  was shortlisted for the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize (Ireland), The  International Poetic Republic Poetry Prize (U.K),The Mary Chalmers Smith Poetry Prize shortlist (UK), The Wenlock International Poetry Prize (UK), The RCLAS International short story and Poetry Competition (Canada) where she placed second in both categories. She was long listed for the  Canadian ReLit Award and the Pat Lowther Award for female writers for her book Only the Fallen Can See (Canada), shortlisted for Editor’s Choice, Hurricane Press (USA), she placed second in the prestigious 2014 Pandora’s Literary Collective Poetry Competition and recently was a finalist in The Magpie Poetry Competition. She  achieved honourable mention in the Royal City Short Story Competitionand and was recently shortlisted twice for The Magpie Poetry Award. She has justlaunched her third collection of poetry, A Quiet Coming of Light, A Poetic Memoir  (leaf press).

ICE FISHER

Perhaps, you are on a bench
in a park by a river

crying at the sight
of two lovers skating

as if
held aloft by some magical force

You’re a restless ghost tonight
I can’t find the way in to your secrets
and lacy white lies

They press like chloroform
over the mouth piece
of this little black phone

“He’s a Saint” say my friends
as they watch with lips parted

his hands slowly stroke
the supplicant cat

I miss you
I miss your hot breath
suspended like a lantern

between
my benevolent breasts

I miss you

I miss
your clutch of amazement
that untethered me here

to become a finger point
a sky full of oranges

my rusty Italian
broken into
a thousand different tongues

 Jude Neale (C)

Jude’s new book available on Amazon: