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World Poetry Celebates Jerry Wemple and Lawrence Knorr!

 

 

 

 

 

*Hope by Neamat Haidari. Hope for a better future*

Ariadne’s Notes: On October 11, 1-2 pm PST, we welcomed two important guests to the  World Poetry Café Radio Show. Referrals from World Poetry Media Correspondent Melanie Simms. College professor and award winning poet Jerry Wimple share his thoughts on writing poetry and also mentioned that some of his students , when asked how they spent their vacations or weekends answered that they only stay home so that they can be safe. It is so sad that it is unsafe from them to go out except to go to school. It was a fascinating interview and is worth listening to. One of his poems is below.

Unfortunately, the publisher Laurence Knorr was not able to get through but we hope to welcome him at another time. Rounding out the show was an e-poem by Katherine Gordon from her upcoming book Caution, Deep Water and Creative Tips on Publishing from Creativity Rocks by Ariadne Sawyer.

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A Pennsylvania native, Jerry Wemple writes frequently about the people and places of the Susquehanna Valley region. His work includes three poetry collections: You Can See It from Here, selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Yusef Komunyakaa for the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, The Civil War in Baltimore, and most recently The Artemas Poems. He is co-editor of the anthology Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. His poetry and creative nonfiction work appear in numerous journals and anthologies, and have been published internationally in Ireland, Chile, Spain, and Germany.

Wemple, a Professor of English at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, is the recipient of several awards for writing and teaching including a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Word Journal chapbook prize. He received the Dean’s Salute to Excellence for his teaching and scholarship at Bloomsburg, the Bloomsburg University Institute for Culture and Society award for Outstanding Creative Work, and the Jack and Helen Evans Endowed Faculty Fellowship.

Nickel Rides

I.
Back in the days when your grandfather’s father,
maybe his father, was a young man down at the shore
amusement piers or the scruffy city lots over near

the wrong side of town, they used to call them nickel rides:
steel boxes jacking up and down, bucking around,
make your back feel like it was worked over with crowbar,

your hips like they was smacked with a plank.
Back in my day, word was out about those nickel rides
on the Philly streets. I was in from the country, hard

down by the river and the woods, but even
I knew what was what. Saw clear enough that one day
while stretching my legs near the 30th Street station

waiting in between long-run trains, when the paddy wagon
pulled up and four cops jumped out, jumped a man I hardly
noticed, whacking him good with long sticks. I figured soon

enough that I needed to take a left, cross the street,
head up another, act like never saw nothing, especially
a side-vision glance of him being cuffed and dumped

in the back of the wagon for a nickel ride. That unit
screech-lurching down the street like the driver wanted
to bust the brakes and run out all the gas all at once.

II.
First off, the war on drugs is a concept. There ain’t a war on drugs;
there’s a war on people. All wars have casualties, atrocities.
All wars have losers. Only some wars have winners. Tonight

I see Charm City up in flames. Orange tongues of fire taunt
us from brick buildings. The old people say it’s just as it was
back as the King riot, nearly fifty years ago. They say

the neighborhood ain’t changed much since those days.
We had one good store. Now it’s burnt. Kids too young to remember
Tupac let alone Reverend King dodge in and out of focus,

Jerry Wimple (C) All rights reserved by author.

 

 

 

Lawrence Knorr has been involved with book publishing for thirteen years. He founded Sunbury Press in 2004. He holds an MBA from Penn State University, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). Lawrence’s 30+ year career in information technology, as a programmer, analyst, project manager, CEO and Chief Information Officer has prepared him well for the “Age of Content” – the new era of eBooks, data integration, eCommerce and networks. Lawrence has taught business and project management courses for ten years, and is the author of eight books. He is also an award-winning digital artist. For a one-year term in 2013, Lawrence was the President of the MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association (MBPA).
About Sunbury Press:
“Sunbury Press, Inc., headquartered in Mechanicsburg, PA is a publisher of trade paperback, hard cover and digital books featuring established and emerging authors in many fiction and nonfiction categories. Sunbury’s books are sold through leading booksellers worldwidSunbury Press is a traditional publisher leveraging digital capabilities. We receive approximately 1000 proposals from authors and agents over the course of a year. We publish about 70 titles per year, a good number of them from our existing authors. Thus, our selection rate is about 5%. Our most successful categories have been history, biography, self-help, historical fiction, horror, police procedurals and mysteries. Our editing and design staff are employees of the company. When we invest in a manuscript with our time and money, our goal is to produce the best quality book possible while getting it to the market as quickly as possible.
Our books are sold on all major bookseller websites and eBook platforms. Our best-selling titles are distributed to stores and libraries via Baker & Taylor and Ingram”

World Poetry Celebrates Joyful Musician Sephanie Spira!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show, CFRO, 100.5 FM Thursday , September 20 was honoured to welcome and the exciting and joyful musician Stéphane Spira with his new CD, New Playground out September 21st!  https://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/index_new.php?url=stephanespira&&width=1085

The show included the  talented poet Barry Plamondon with his new book.
Also a beautiful obitual letter to Late Waheeda Tasmia Peeran by her soulmate. Dr. S.L. Peeran.
A poem by inspirational correspondent Jeanne Probst , Poetic News, a story by Sharon Rowe and an except from Victor Swartzman’s new book, completed the show.

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French-born, New York-based saxophonist Stéphane Spira grew up with jazz the old- school way: in late-night jams and cutting sessions. A protégé of longtime Chet Baker pianist Michel Graillier, Spira’s jazz career has taken him from 4 AM basement sessions in the underbelly of Paris, through acclaimed collaborations with trumpeter Stéphane Belmondo and pianist Giovanni Mirabassi, to the cutting edge of New York jazz. Trained as an engineer, Stéphane sharpened his chops off the books, after hours, immersing himself in a hard-edged milieu. Working in electronics during the day, he nevertheless found the time to compose and play. Perhaps since he honed his chops in the depths of the jazz underground, Spira was spared the awkwardness of growing up in public: Spira’s “remarkable maturity” (Radio France), has not gone unnoticed by the critics. Having dedicated himself exclusively to jazz since a final engineering gig in the Arabian desert in the mid-zeros, Spira has three previous critically acclaimed albums as a bandleader: First Page, Spirabassi (a duo collaboration with pianist Giovanni Mirabassi) and Round About Jobim, a tribute to the father of bossa nova featuring Lionel Belmondo’s acclaimed Hymne au Soleil ensemble. Spira’s fourth album as a bandleader, In Between, features more of the strikingly translucent, disarmingly catchy compositions that continue to characterize his work.

Thanks to all Jazz.com, Braithwaite and Katz plus Katherine Growdon .

World Poetry Celebrates the Poet Barry Plamondon!

*Tibetan New Year Card,

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show, CFRO, 100.5 FM Thursday , September 20 was honoured to welcome the talented poet Barry Plamondon and the exciting and joyful musician Stéphane Spira with his new CD, New Playground out September 21st!
Also a beautiful obitual letter to Late Waheeda Tasmia Peeran by her soulmate. Dr. S.L. Peeran.
A poem by inspirational correspondent Jeanne Probst , Poetic News, a story by Sharon Rowe and an except from Victor Swartzman’s new book, completed the show.

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Barry Plamondon was born in Penticton B. C. and grew up in South Van.
Graduated from David Thompson High School, 3 yrs. in U.B.C. Arts program.
Certificate in Practical Horticulture-B.C.I.T., 20 yrs. as professional landscaper.
He turned to poetry after suffering two strokes and lived for 25 yrs. In Maple Ridge
Barry is married with 7 children.
Has published 4 books so far-the latest one-“Man and Nature, Silver Bow Press.
He has  appeared in various other anthologies and is an administrator at website-A Poet’s Diary.
His interests include gardening, nature, music, and hockey.

GO NOW
Go now my son to do what you must
Let not your youth be encased in rust
Like the fledgling, you must fly from the nest
To learn on your own is usually what’s best
For I have taught you all that I know
And I still watch with pride as you grow
Life’s lessons do not always come with ease
Sometimes, you must coax them and tease
And still to fall flat upon your face
Yet to rise up and get back in the race
That’s all you’ll ever need to know anyhow
So hug me once my son and then you must go now.

Barry Plamondon (C) All rights reserved.