Ariadne’s Notes: On August 1st, the World Poetry Cafe radio show, CFRO 100.5 FM, welcomed the exceptional Ruth Kozak to the show at 1 pm PST! We were lucky to have her on the show since she is leaving at the end of the month for Greece , Wales and time permitting, Crete. Ruth read several poems and part of of her beautiful volumes on Alexander the Great, the Shadow of the Lion. When she was on our last show, she described an (imagined) encounter with Alexander the Great which seemed magical and real to me. I hope she sees him again on the trip. The show also featured e-poet ,Paramananda Mahanta from India and Egyptian filmmaker Tarek Mounib, Free Trip to Egypt. Also a new story by Sharon Rowe for her second book!
On behalf of the World Poetry Team, celebrating our 21st year on the air, we wish Ruth a wonderful trip filled with knowledge and joy.
Ruth Kozak researched her historical novel SHADOW OF THE LION while living in Greece. Published in UK by www.mediaaria-cdm.com, in two volumes: BLOOD ON THE MOON (2014) and THE FIELDS OF HADES (2016) the story follows the events after the death of Alexander the Great. The full novel, SHADOW OF THE LION is also now available on Amazon Kindle. Ruth is a travel journalist and her aKindle e-book ATHENS AND BEYOND was published by Hunter Publishing U.S. Ruth instructs writing workshops in New Westminster and Vancouver. She is a member and president of the BC Travel Writers Association, member of Royal City Literary Arts and hosts the bi-monthly series “In Their Words”.
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe, CFRO 100.5 FM, welcomed the creator of Kindness Films, Tarek Mounib and his new movie Free Ticket to Egypt . He called in at 1:30 pm PST to talk about his new film which will be featured at Vancity Theater in Vancouver, August 4, at 6:45 pm followed by a Skype Q and A with him.
I was so impressed with the amazing work that Tarek is doing to bring people from diverse backgrounds together through his film and site. Coming up in September is Take The Pledge found on the site. I encourage everyone interested to go to the site, see the movie and do what you can to help the world to heal and to make a difference.
Also on the show was Ruth Kozak reading poems from one of her books about Alexander the Great. Sharon Rowe of Big Bessie fame had a new story and the e-poem by Paramananda Mahanta from India read by Victor Schwartzman.
Free Trip to Egypt takes audiences on a remarkable journey, in which an unlikely group of travelers to the Middle East find themselves transformed by the power of human connection.
Tarek Mounib, a Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur living in Switzerland, is troubled by a world that seems ever more divided and polarized. In response to increasing levels of anger and hatred towards “the other” on American social and broadcast media, he resolves to reach out to the very people who fear his culture, with an intriguing idea.
With the aim of trying to build mutual understanding, Tarek travels across the United States in order to find Americans who feel threatened and offer them a Free Trip to Egypt.
#PLEDGETOLISTEN TO “LOOK ME IN THE EYE” Inspired by Free Trip To Egypt, musicians Glen Philips and Jason Karaban come together for inspirational new song.
Ariadne’s Notes: Two official World Poetry Cafe book launches! Adrienne Drobnies and Anita Lo!
The World Poetry Cafe Radio Show , CFRO 100.5 FM , 1-2 pm, PST on July 25, with co-host Anita Lo welcomed Adrienne Drobnies, the featured poetess in a fascinating interview with e-poets and translators from China; Yuanbing Zhang and from Bhutan, Ngawang Tenzin. Adrienne read from her new book Salt and Ashes and kindly answered a question from a 14 year old girl from Africa, who wrote to say thank you for her advice. She also mentioned that she may have met my dad in Costa Rica! Small world…
**Thanks to the World Poetry Cafe Radio Show team of Victor Schwartzman, Diego Bastinutti and Sharon Rowe for helping to keep our show on the air for 21 years! Also, some unsolicited advice from Tommy2 our new kitten.
Adrienne Drobnies is a Canadian poet and scientist living in Vancouver. Her first book of poetry Salt and Ashes was released by Signature Editions in 2019. Adrienne is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio and received her doctorate in chemistry from the University of California Berkeley. Her origins are in Texas and California and she has spent most of her life in Toronto and Vancouver. Her poetry has appeared in Canadian literary magazines, including The Antigonish Review, Event, Riddle Fence, The Toronto Quarterly, and The Maynard, as well as The Cider Press Review and Sow’s Ear’s Review in the US, and Popshot Magazine in the UK. She is an editor of a collection of poetry in French, Poèmes sur Mesure, by her late husband Alain Fournier. Her poetry has received honourable mention in the Compton Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2015 Vallum Award for poetry. Her long poem “Randonnées” won the Gwendolyn MacEwen Award for Best Suite of Poems by an Emerging Poet and was a finalist for the CBC literary award for poetry.
It’s possible we once danced
by the light of the solstice moon, runcible drunk, hunched over
streetcar tracks to flatten a penny— the only coin we had to offer
against a thundering weight. We don’t know whether passion
will be renewed at the same address
where ceiling plaster sprinkled our hair
like crumbly feta, garnish to the salt stink
of pleasure. Can we count on postal carriers
to negotiate a contract for delivery of nothing but billets doux and arrangements
for assignations at sea? Will the local library
lend us its volumes on love so thigh to thigh
we can sit down again to read instructions
for how to fill an empty vessel? Will we flip to the page with the pop-up mast and lash ourselves to it, each siren to the other? However demented we become, the moon will