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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!











             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.”



(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


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


World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Tanka Poet Kozue Uzawa.

logo tinyAriadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show, July 7, 1-2 pm CFRO 100.with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon, Volunteer Sharon Rowe and sound engineer Victor Schwartzman, welcomed the knowledgeable poet and editor, Kozue Uzawa in a fascinating interview about Tanka and Haiku with tips for writing the two different forms in English. World Poetry theme music by the well known World Poetry Music Advisor, Yoshifumi  Sakura and Tibetan Children in Vancouver. 

E-poets: Vani Predeep, India, Rashmi Jain and Davynouich Fidel from Nigeria

Click here to listen to the radio show!

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Kozue Uzawa writes: I am a Tanka poet (I’m a Traveler, 2011), editor & publisher of GUSTS (Canada’s first English Tanka journal), award winning translator (FERRIS WHEEL: 101 Modern and Contemporary Tanka;  Kaleidoscope: selected Tanka of Shuji Terayama), retired university prof. (PhD. University of British Columbia). Taught Japanese language, culture, and literature at University of Lethbridge. Her tips for  English Tanka and Haiku writers:  

Haiku in English: Three lines, about 10 syllables.

Tanka in English: 5 lines 17-20 syllables.

http://tanka.a2hosted.com an exquisite journal.


my lunch

one big pizza triangle—

a feeling of

something missing

grows as I eat

Kozue Uzawa (C)


World Poetry Celebrates Honoring the Mothers of the World!


Ariadne’s Notes:

World Poetry celebrated an amazing evening honouring the Mothers of the World  on May 25th at the New Westminster Public Library with special features of :

International poems by Vani Predeep, India, Alfonso Martinez,  Spain, Carmen Lucia Hussain, Brazil   and Bamdev Sharma, Nepal. Also Victor Schwartzman did an audio recording for the first time  of the event for the World Poetry Café Radio Show. Readers were Ariadne Sawyer, Jackie Maire and Carla Evans. Victor posted  Alfonso’s poem and poet, Lozan reading in English and Arabic on our last World Poetry Café Radio  Show, May, 26th.  Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer, Neall Ryon, sound engineer, Victor Schwartzman.

Features: Anupma Garg, Synn Kune Loh, Lozan and MK who presented his new book in Nepalese and English.

To listen to the show, CLICK HERE!

*More poems will be featured on upcoming shows. photos to follow.*