Ariadne’s Notes: Exciting new show World Poetry Café radio show, July 12, 1-2 pm PST with a fascinating double billing of Melanie Simms an award winning poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at 1:10 pm PST, and featured at 1:30 pm PST the talented poet Ahmad Al-Khatat who was born in Baghdad. It is wonderful to have such youth poets, the guiding lights of the future. Canada is proud of them.
Team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA and Dr. Diego Bastinutti, hosting. Victor Swartzman sound engineer, Sharon Rowe, special volunteer. The show included a beautiful e-poem dedicated with permission to Osiris Munir from a powerful e-poet from Kenya, Alexander Nderitu. He is a Kenyan novelist and poet. In 2014, BBC Scotland picked his poem ‘Someone in Africa Loves You’ to represent Kenyan literature at the Commonwealth Games. His official website is www.AlexanderNderitu.com Also included were segments by Jeanne Probst , Sharon Rowe and Victor Schwartzman with his new satirical book.
What an honour to have such wonderful guests on the show
Featured poet Ahmad Al-Khatat was born in Baghdad. From Iraq, he came to Canada at the age of10, the same age when he wrote his very first poem back in the year 2000. He also has been published in several press publications and anthologies all over the world and currently studies Political Sciences, at the Concordia University in Montreal. He has recently published his first chapbook “The Bleeding Heart Poet” with Alien Buddha Press. He has recently published his first chapbook “The Bleeding Heart Poet” with Alien Buddha Press. It is available for sale on Amazon. Most of his new and old poems are also available on his official page Bleeding Heart Poet on FB.
Here is his first written poem in Arabic:
سلامي سلامي إليك يا وطني سلامي من الأهل وإلى الأهل سلامي بروحي فديت ديني و سلامي و دعوت إلى الحب و السلام و ما كانت صلاتي الا لربي وسلامي تحياتي إلى وطني شهيد وسلامي و سيبقى الوطن مرفوع و سلامي و سأعود إليه بلهفة و سلام و أزور قبرك المُرفرفة عليه حمامات السلام سلامي سلامي الى وطني .مذبوح السلام
Send My Salutations
My salutations to you, my country;
I’m sending my salutes.
From my family and to my family
I send my special salutations.
ّI sacrifice my soul for my religion,
and I send my greetings.
I used to pray for love and peace.
My prayers are to none but my God,
and I send my salutations.
My greetings to my homeland,
the martyr, and I send my salutations.
My country’s status will stay elevated,
and to it I send my salutes.
To my homeland I will return eagerly and in peace.
I will visit its grave;
Fluttering over it will be the pigeons of peace.
To my country, whose peace’s been slaughtered,
I send my salutations.
*Ahmad Al-Khatat (C) All rights reserved by the author.*
Exciting new show World Poetry Café radio show, July 12, 1-2 pm PST with a fascinating double billing of Melanie Simms an award winning poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a former Perry County Poet Laureate of PA on the show also featured was the talented poet Ahmad Al-Khatat who was born in Baghdad. Team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA and Dr. Diego Bastinutti, hosting. Victor Swartzman sound engineer, Sharon Rowe, special volunteer. The show included a beautiful e-poem dedicated with permission to Osiris Munir from a powerful e-poet from Kenya, Alexander Nderitu. He is a Kenyan novelist and poet. In 2014, BBC Scotland picked his poem ‘Someone in Africa Loves You’ to represent Kenyan literature at the Commonwealth Games. . His official website is www.AlexanderNderitu.com It was such an honor to talk to Melanie again and to meet Ahmad Al-Katat and listen to his poetry in Arabic and English.
Melanie Simms is an award winning poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a former Perry County Poet Laureate of PA .She is the author of two books of poetry, Waking the Muse (Outskirts Press), Remember the Sun (Sunbury Press)
Her new book Life Signs and Fortune Cookies will be released shortly from Sunbury Press as well. To pre-order: contact her publisher at lknorr@sunburypress,com (Sunbury Press)
She has two new books upcoming, Journeys through the Aesculapia, (a book of poetry about medicine and the experience of healing) and her first science fiction book, Alien Prophecy is currently underway. You can visit Melanie’s website at poetmelaniesimms.wordpress.com
(for Dr. Wazir, Geisinger Oral Surgery)
I opened my neck
Bared the wounds of my life,
As your scissors
Cut me free.
It was a necessary surgery,
Yet as you snipped,
Stitch by stitch
Switchblades and murders,
Mafia and threats from beasts of the night
Hovering at my bedside
To devour me.
I even feared
You might be one of those rogue doctors
Killing patients on rounds.
A bible lay at the bottom of my bed
Trying to remind me of a long, lost god,
But through your kindness, I found salvation.
You rescued me
Healed me with your modern amulets and medical wisdoms,
Sent the demons back to Hades,
And brought me to the light
Like a priest on Sunday morning,
Inviting me to drink
From the wine of life
Melanie Simms (C) All rights reserved by the author.
On June 28th , the World Poetry Café Radio Show at 1:30 PM PST on CFRO 100.5 FM , welcomed the lovely and amazing actress Niketa Calame calling in from LA. In a fascinating interview, Niketa described her life as a child actress and her coping with child diabetes. She is now an a project ambassador for the American Diabetes Association and co-founder and creative director of IV I II Studios which produces Impact Documentaries.
Niketa was kind enough to give a young, upcoming Nigerian actor some tips on dealing with about keeping on despite some setbacks. She said: “Make rejection your friend.” Do not let it get you down. Believe in yourself and branch out in your field.” He contacted me after the show and said to tell her his heartfelt thanks.
I think that the making Rejection Your Friend” statement could also apply to all types of creative endeavors.
Niketa also answered a question from me about the Me Too movement. She replied that is has raised awareness. Her advice to young actors is to “never meet anyone in a private space such as an apartment or a hotel room.” Also “To think about your standards and make them clear to others.”
This was one of the most fascinating interviews that I have done in 20 years and I want to thank her and also Osiris Munir media of 15 minutes for recommending such a wonderful guest.
Niketa Calame (AEA, SAG/AFTRA) was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is most noted as the voice of “Young Nala” in Disney’s Animated Feature “The Lion King:”. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from The Actors Studio Drama School at New School University in New York City and her BA from University of California, Santa Cruz. She studied theater for a year abroad at The University of Exeter in England, UK. Some of her theater credits include: Squeak in Celebration Theaters Ovation Award production of The Color Purple, International City Theaters acclaimed production of Ain’t Misbehaving and Center Theater Groups workshop production of This Land. Niketa’ s tv/film credits have allowed her to work on NBC, FOX, MTVu, Warner Brothers and Disney. Niketa is a project ambassador for the American Diabetes Association and co-founder and creative director of IV I II Studios which produces Impact Documentaries. Niketa is delighted to return to the cast of This Land. Niketa Calame was born in Los Angeles, California to Theodora Lamond of Los Angeles, California and Norman Calame of Kingston, Jamaica. She is most noted for her role as the voice of “Young Nala” in Disney’s 32nd Animated Feature Film, “The Lion King”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jXDL6OAPWY