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World Poetry Celebrates the Italian Poet Sandro Pecchiari!


Notes: The World Poetry Café, 100.5 FM, September 13, 1-2 pm, PST, with hosts, Ariadne Sawyer and Dr. Diego Bastianutti welcomed the well -known Italian poet, Sandro Pecchiari calling in from Italy.

A fascinating interview ably conducted be Diego with poetry in English and Italian, created an wonderful show with great feedback from around the world. Among the items discussed was the poet as translator.
As a well-known translator once said, “ To translate, you have to become the poet.”
Also, we are proud to announce a new book of children’s stories, by the writer and poet from Nepal Bamdev Sharma called The Shepherd in the Sky: A Collection of Children Stories, one excerpt was read on the radio show. For more info: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FN9BY6X/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1531887335&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=bam%20dev%20sharma&dpPl=1&dpID=51IYiHlig1L&ref=plSrch









Sandro Pecchiari graduated in Foreign languages and literature, with a thesis on the poetry of Ted Hughes.

He published three books with the Italian publisher Samuele Editore: Verdi anni (Collana Scilla 19, March 2012), Le svelte radici (Collana Scilla 33, december 2013), and L’Imperfezione del Diluvio – An Unrehearsed Flood to complete the trilogy.
His books were presented in the television program “Le Parole più Belle”, Telecapodistria, Slovenia, in 2014 and 2015.

Some of his works were read at the International Poetry Festival, NYC, 2014 and at the literary week Residenze Estive by the United World College – Castello di Duino, Trieste, 2014.

Some of his writings have been translated into English, Albanian and Slovenian. His translations from English can be visible on the site of the publisher Caitlin Press: http://caitlin-press.com/al-rempel-in-translation/

He is a member of the jury of the Festival of Literature and Poetry of Duino and collaborates with the magazine “Traduzionetradizione” (Point Press, Milan) and the magazine “L’almanacco del Ramo d’Oro” (Trieste).

A fourth book has just been published: Scripta non Manent, dealing with rethinking the past and rewriting it.
-Some of the works can be read in anthologies such as
Albanian Antologjive Poetike Universale Korsi e Kapur – Open Lane 2014,
Revija SRP 123/125, Ljubljana, Slovenija 2015,
Poesia Italiana – 10 Voces Contemporaneas, Buenos Aires Poetry 2017,
Hiša v Ljubljani – Home in Ljubljana, 2017.

-translated Claudio Grisancich, Storie de Fausta, Vita Activa, Trieste 2017 from Triestino dialect into English
Federico Rossignoli, Spolia I, Samuele Editore, 2015 and Federico Rossignoli, Spolia II, Samuele Editore, 2017 from Italian into English
Rachel Slade, La Casa Apocrifa – Apocryphal House from English into Italian
Ilaria Boffa, Periferie, The Bliss of Hush and Wires, editing both languages
Toni Piccini, Auschwitz Haiku in samgha.me from Italian into English.


World Poetry Celebrates Roger Blenman!








Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show on August 30, 1-2 PM PST CFRO 100.5 FM, welcomed feature Roger Blenman with a special tribute to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Also Victor Swartzman interviewed Ariadne Sawyer on her upcoming book: Love Poems  to the World, Dream Offerings. She read some of the poems and talked about the various kinds of dream, lucid , pre-cognitive and healing among others and her journey to create the book. with the dream mentorship of soul sister Vera Manuel and Elder Gabriel Bartleman.  Music by Enrico Renz http://worldpoetry.ca/?p=9337 and Don Afero http://worldpoetry.ca/?p=9678 with Ariadne’s song. 


Roger R. Blenman

Roger will be producing and a feature in the World Poetry Celebration of Afro Canadians at WORD on September 30 at 1:00 PM along with poetess and community advocate !Kona at the Vancouver Public Library .

-Roger R. Blenman
Barbadian-born Canadian author, playwright, spoken word artist, poet, theatre director and secondary school teacher. Has degrees in Science and in Education from the University of Toronto.
Most recent novel, Dead’er published 2015 by Hamilton Books. Other work has been published/broadcast/performed: CBC-North by Northwest, Scarborough Fair/University of Toronto Press, Antigonish Review, Bluesprint/Arsenal Pulp Press and others.
born Canadian author, playwright, spoken word artist, poet, theatre director and secondary school teacher. He has degrees in Science and in Education from the University of Toronto.

Most recent novel, Dead’er published 2015 by Hamilton Books. Other work has been published/broadcast/performed: CBC-North by Northwest, Scarborough Fair/University of Toronto Press, Antigonish Review, Bluesprint/Arsenal Pulp Press and others.

Aretha Franklin 

Who are you to mourn
the queen
when all the other ‘warble in the throat wanna-bees’
been down-loaded and dismissed,
she remains

When all the other soul singers, sold-out
and tossed their racially ambiguous locks
over their shameless shoulders
she still reigns

What can I say in tribute to my only monarch
that she has not already articulated herself.

Do I need to stop and “think”
Do I need to show ‘respect’
Am I in a ‘chain of fools’
‘saying a little prayer,’ ‘till you come back to me’

I am going to tell my lover
that ‘it wont’ be long’
that ‘I am willing to forgive’
and that he makes me feel, ‘like a natural woman;’

You taught me soul Aretha
I will tell my world that
‘you send me’
‘one step ahead’
on ‘the freeway of love’

Today I sing Aretha
Today I am “Rock Steady,”
in these ‘ever changing times’

Today I sing the Blues
and I am never going to let you go
you are, in, of, and all, soul.
You are Aretha the first.

Will you send me
where you are?

I heard Aretha this morning.
In my heaven all the angels
are as beautiful as she.
There’s lines of sliver in the black of their hair
Their lips are full
They have breasts and cheeks of southern brown

And Aretha is the archangel at the heavenly piano
she tempers the soul among the seraphim
And the notes she sings
echo from the celestial to the terrestrial

“You better think. Think!
what you trying to do to me

“You better think. Think!
what you trying to do to you

“Let your mind go, let yourself be free
Freedom. Freedom. Freedom.”

Oh Ms Franklin
I have never loved a man
the way that ‘baby, I love you.

Roger Blenman (C) All rights reserved.

World Poetry Celebrates Musician Jeff Denson!






The World Poetry Café Radio CFRO 100.5 FM , August 23, 2018. 1-2 PM PST, celebrated its 20 year on the air this year with a new segment in Living Memory  for Dr. Warren Stevenson and a tribute written by his daughters.

A unique, talented  musician and educator Jeff Densen  joined us at 1:30  PM,PST with his new CD, Outside my Window .

Subscribe to his newsletter and receive a demo at www.jeffdenson.com *Courtesy of Braithwaite and Katz. I love this CD, it is powerful, haunting and enjoyable.

 The Team: Co-host Jaqueline Maire and host Ariadne Sawyer, super tech Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe with her Big Bessie Story, read by Victor.

Another talented award winning poet from the Lincoln Club: Jane Rowland with her lyrical poem, Simple Courtship was read on the show.





Sometimes all it takes is a tiny spark to ignite a raging inferno. For Jeff Jensen, the spark occurred in 2011. Feeling the need for a fresh start, he loaded up his car to head back to his boyhood home in California. Just as that journey was to begin, a deep and unexpected calling starting boiling inside, Jensen changed directions and headed to Memphis. There was no job waiting for him; no plan, no family, no band, just a lone friend with a temporary place for him to stay. But our intrepid guitar player felt it was the right move, the only move. In less than thirty hours after arriving, he met Brandon Santini and was offered the opportunity to be his guitarist. Soon after, Jeff became music director for the Brandon Santini Band.
The inferno has been building ever since. After two years, almost 500 shows and three recordings with Santini, Jensen re-formed his band with long-time friend and musical collaborator Bill Ruffino (bass). Then they recruited Memphis native Robinson Bridgeforth as drummer. They hit the road and never looked back.
Most people are in for a shock the first time they experience a Jeff Jensen Band performance. It starts with the trio mixing an eccentric blend of soul, rock, and American roots music with a deep blues influence. Suddenly Jensen feels the spirit, transforming into a whirling dervish of sight & sound as he bounds across the stage, barely able to contain himself as he wrenches stark, biting six-string explosions from his guitar. His passion is there for all to see, a rare occurrence in these times of buttoned-down music-making. At first, the sheer emotional force he creates can be a bit overwhelming. Then you realize that all art is an expression of the soul, of the power of the life-giving force that created the universe. And Jeff feels it is his responsibility to make the effort to communicate his passion with each member of the audience every night. After all, music is art, and art is the physical form of emotion.
In 2015, Jensen released the vibrant Morose Elephant album that captures the flavor of the band’s creative force. Combining seven originals with covers of songs from Memphis Minnie and Amos Milburn plus a traditional gospel hymn, Jensen articulates the depth of his musical vision with help from a number of friends including Victor Wainwright, Reba Russell, and Annie Harris. The disc received even more critical acclaim as the band’s previous release, Road Worn and Ragged (2013), both produced by Jensen. This led to two consecutive Blues Blast Music Award nominations in the Sean Costello Rising Star category (2014/2015).
The band continues to tour the US, Canada and many European countries relentlessly, as the inferno shows no signs of burning out. Whenever there is a break in the schedule, Jensen switches roles, acting as the producer with other artists including Mick Kolassa, John Parker and co-producing Santini’s This Time Another Year, nominated for a Blues Music Award in the Contemporary Blues Album category (2014).
*Biography written by Mark Thompson.

Source: ww.jeffdenson.com