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The World Poetry Cafe Book Luanch of Barry Plamondon!

 

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café  Radio Show Proudly Presented  the  Book Launch of : Run Between The Raindrops, Silver Bow Publishing-2017  by Barry Plamondon, July 6, 1-2 pm PST. It was a honor to welcome Barry and his lovely wife Sandi to the  show. The interview was a mixture of poems from his new book and a few others  as well as his resiliency in the face of challenges. He is a true hero.

To hear this special show: CLICK HERE!

Also we had news from the poet Kevin Morris, another hero, announcing his launch of my collection of poetry, “My Old Clock I Wind and Other Poems” on the World Poetry Reading Series. I am pleased to let you know that “My Old Clock” was published in June and is available in both paperback and e-book formats from http://moyhill.com/clock/. My collection is also available (e-book only) from Amazon and can be found here, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0735JBVBG

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, our e-poet was World Poetry Director Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah. who wrote: “I have arrived in Ghana safely from my visit to Beijing, Shenzen, Suzhou , Shanghai and other cities in China during my 21 day stay. I should say, it was a good and worthy trip of thought about climate change.”  His moving poem was : In Honor of Bright Amponsah Yeboah.

Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah

 Barry Plamondon was born  in Penticton 1958.  He grew up in South Van, graduating from David Thompson Senior Secondary School and spent 3 yrs. at U. B. C. Faculty of Arts. He received a certificate in Practical Horticulture at B.C.I.T. Worked 20 yrs. as a landscaper and was forced to retire. after 2 strokes. Barry started writing poetry soon after and  has resided in Maple Ridge for 25 yrs. He has a wife Sandi and 7 children. Barry’s hobbies and interests include Vancouver Canucks, gardening, listening to all types of music, getting out in nature, and reading.

Author of 3 published  books  :This n’ That Bric a Brac-Friesen Press 2016,Crackers and Crumbs-Silver Bow Publishing 2016. Run Between The Raindrops-Silver Bow Publishing-2017 He is a member of Holy Wow Poets(Maple Ridge)

World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Poetess Lozan Yamolky !

Ariadne’s Notes: We were honoured to  welcome the lovely and talented poetess Lozan Yamolky ,  June 8 on the World Poetry Café Radio Show 100.5 FM CFRO. She read her uncle Serwan Yamolky  poems in English and shared some of her own including the one featured below. A show to remember!

LISTEN HERE TO HEAR THE SHOW!

English, Arabic, Kurdish and the lovely music of the Oud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Lozan Yamolky is a Canadian -Kurdish from northern Iraq. Immigrated to Canada in ‘95

She started reciting and writing new poetry in fall of 2013 through open mic.

Freelance English, Kurdish & Arabic interpreter.

Her debut poetry book, (I’m No Hero) published by Silver Bow was launched in 2016. Working on book #2 😊 “

 

 

 

 

 

Good Morning World

Good morning from the island of O-aa-hu, Ha-va-ee.

Good morning sunrise.

Good morning early birds;

hard working people;

night workers and school children.

 

Good morning hopes;

dreams and heartfelt prayers we prayed last night,

and may make time to pray them today

and tomorrow too.

 

Good morning to those who soundly slept in their homes;

those who are far from home;

those lay lonely in a hospital bed somewhere;

and those who have no home at all.

 

Good morning tolerance,

kindness;

compassion;

good morning empathy

 

–why won’t you spread like wildfires

and consume the apathy of our times?

 

Good morning justice;

Oh, how much we miss you these days.

 

Good morning all you cruel, cruel leaders;

corrupt politicians and lowlifes

who do the bad deeds of those

in power and those rolling in it.

 

Those powerful and rich,

rewarding you for doing their dirty work

so there won’t be any blood

while shaking hands and making deals

and their clothes remain looking clean

in front of cameras.

 

Good morning to you lonely;

hopeless;

desperate souls;

and you who are caught

in the dark world and entangling webs of addiction;

 

–Do not give up hope to be one day free from it.

 

Good morning love;

good morning beauty;

good morning pure fresh air we can still breathe.

 

Good morning Mother Earth

please forgive us for neglecting to remember

how fragile you are,

and how much our greed is hurting you.

 

Good morning mighty powerful force of nature 

show us how angry you can be! 

You are far stronger than the wealthiest,

the loudest

and  the most influential of us all.

 

Dear Gaia,

give us another chance

to speak up and never give up hope

to make this world

a safe place for generations to come.

 

We got another chance

to break out of our silence.

 

Good morning world,

it is time for us to be awake,

it is time to rise and shine.

 

Lozan Yamolky ©  All rights reserved by the author.

World Poetry Celebrates Poet and Musician Serwan Yamolky!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Lozan Yolmosky.

Ariadne’s Notes: On June 8, 1-2 PM, CFRO 100.5 FM , The World Poetry Café was honoured to welcome the renowned poet and musician and oud professional player Serwan Yamolky to the show along with the talented and beautiful poetess Lozan Yamolky. I am featuring them separately on site . A fascinating show with poems read in Kurdish, English and Arabic. The lovely Arabic and Kurdish songs with the  beautiful oud created an  exceptional show. Canada is so lucky to have such treasures.

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE!

Special e-poet:   Minal Sarosh  from India was also featured and will have a special feature on site.

 

Serwan Yamolky was born in Kurdistan, northern Iraq, in the city of Sulaymanya in 1945.

He studied Political Science and Law at the University of Baghdad. However, his true calling was music. His older brother, Jamal Yamolky, was his first oud teacher. Serwan started to develop his own oud techniques at the age of 15. In 1967 he was one of the first members of the Iraqi Music Council as a composer. Serwan also studied at the Music Studies Institution in Baghdad. In the Iraqi Academy of Fine Arts at Baghdad University, he studied oud further with maestros Rawhie Al Khammash and Al Haj Mu’taz. Moreover, he studied and frequently performed with maestro Jamil Bashir (as a contrabass player) and with Jamil Salim (as oud player).

During these years, he also cultivated his skills as a poet, writing nearly a hundred songs and publishing numerous poems in Iraqi magazines. http://www.serwanyamolky.ca/

After settling in Canada, Serwan founded “Rast” in 1999, a musical group performing Classical Middle Eastern music. “Rast” was followed by “Akad” in 2002, “Zeryab” in 2003 and “Moon Shadow” in 2010.

In 2004, Serwan was invited by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Association to perform for the Dalai Lama” at the Orpheum. Other performances of note include appearing with the Silk Road Ensemble and the Vancouver Inter Cultural Orchestra. He has been a regular participant (2001 through 2009) in the Multi-Disciplinary Avant Garde event ANU. Never forgetting his roots, Serwan has also recorded numerous pieces for the Kurdish TV Channel M2003.

Serwan composed, and had contributed songs, music, and performances for the play “Jona and the Falafel War”. He had also appeared as a guest musician on albums including “The Butterfly Effect” by Tim Gerwing (2004), “Invisible World” by Tanya Evanson (2005), “Dirty Bottom” by Raymond Langston (2007) and “The Memorists” by Tanya Evanson (2009).

In a book signing his latest published poetries, Love of a Different Kind, an evening of traditional Iraqi songs, classic Arabic music and poetry reading took place at Douglas College (2009).

As a soloist and with other artists, Serwan had performed at numerous festivals and cultural events around the world:

– Canada (Vancouver, Calgary and Motreal): the World Music Festival (2002), the Sacred Music Festival (2003), the Vancouver Children’s Festival (2003), the Arabian Nights Concert (2004). the Vancouver International Story Telling Festival (2005) and An Evening of Art, Poetry and Music (2008).

– United States (Seattle): the Seattle Arab Festival (2005).

– Europe (Netherland and United Kingdom): the Iraqi Night (2009).

Most recently, Serwan lead the Inanna Group in a concert with Nadeen on May 14th at Douglas College. He appeared with Tim Gerwing and Liam MacDonald at the “Love in the Time of Andalusia” event at W2 Storyeum. Serwan Yamolky was also nominated for a Jessie Award for his musical score for the play “9 Parts of Desire”, which ran from October 14th to 30th 2010.

Serwan’s musical performances have been heard on CBC, One Blue Island, and Coop Radio (Wax Poetic).

Photos and source: Lozan Yolmosky.