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World Poetry Celebrates Barry Plamondon & More!

Ariadne’s Notes: World Poetry Café Radio Show welcomed  the amazing poet, Barry  Plamondon and his lovely wife Sandy on February 9, 1-2 pm on CFRO 100.5 FM. Barry is a  specially abled miracle who creates poetry and has authored two books. The latest book, published by Silver Bow Publishing is Crackers and Crumbs .


In addition,   the talented Stacy -Ann Buchanan phoned in to talk about her upcoming doc, Stigma which will be shown in a 5 minutes special on February 22 when World Poetry Celebrates Black History Month.
Official Trailer:

E-poems were read from Kevin Taylor’s Cigar Valentine box poems.


Also Richard  Papiernik  with his humorous No Tomorrow. End of the World Party  Invitation poem read by Victor Schwartzman our tech.

The World Poetry Café Team: Ariadne Sawyer, Producer and host, co-host Neal Ryon, super tech Victor Schwartzman and Sharon Rowe, award winning volunteer.

To listen to this SPECIAL SHOW, CLICK HERE!




 Barry writes: “I was born in Penticton and grew up in Vancouver. After high school I attended both U.B.C. and B.C.I.T. before obtaining a diploma in Practical 22Horticulture.I then worked for 20 yrs. as a landscaper before 2 strokes ended my career. 

After spending a year in various hospitals and care homes I came home to find that I didn’t know what to do with myself. I started writing poetry. There were many failures before I wrote one about my daughter that I was proud of. It was like alight had been turned on, 55 years of living just came pouring out onto the pages and I haven’t stopped yet.

I self-published my first book “This n ‘That. Bric a Brace in Mar. 2016 and followed that with” Crackers and Crumbs” in Oct. This effort was published by Silver Bow Publishing. I have resided in Maple Ridge with my wife and seven children for many years.

I am proud to be a member of the Holy Wow Poets here. My hobbies and interests include hockey, gardening and listening to music. I did play the guitar for 30 years, but no longer. I also have a keen interest in nature, especially birds. And plants. All these interests are reflected in my poetry as well as children and disability issues and sometimes a love poem or two. I have also written quite a few Cowboy poems.


There is a ripple on the pond from the stone

I cast. It is strong but cannot last. Only long enough to set the next one in motion.

Together they would never cross the ocean.

But they can lead by example.

Just a small sample.

Of how things could go for people too.

If each said a simple “How do you do?”.

To the strangers that they meet.

At work or on the street.

And if each in turn would pass it on.

Maybe one day all hatred would be gone.”

Barry   Plamodon   (C) (All rights reserved to author)



World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Carla Evans from Canada!

Ariadne’s notes: We were so pleased to welcome Carla Evans,  a talented poet and new World Poetry member to the World Poetry Café Radio Show on April 28th, (CFRO 100.5 FM) Due to so many needing to come into the show or call in, I have chosen to feature each of the three guests individually. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio show !

Our radio team: Ariadne Sawyer, Host and producer, Neall Ryon, co-host and sound engineer, Victor  Schwartzman




Carla Evans has been writing in a variety of genres most of her life, mainly for enjoyment. She is a retired Elementary School teacher, librarian and counsellor, having had a variety of jobs before those years.  Carla has written two educational books in the nineties, entitled, “Developing with PhotoWorks; Fun, Fantasy, Thoughtfulness, Future”, and “PhotoLinks: the Picture Connection”, both published by Lugus Productions, Ltd.  Recently, her poem, “People Streams” was published in India, in an Anthology entitled,  “XX1 Century World Literature” by IICA Inter Continental. Some of her poems have also been published in RCLAS e-zine, in the last two years. Carla has a large, active family that keeps her happily busy and writing when not housekeeping, gardening, reading, walking, visiting friends, and sometimes traveling.

River Walks.

One sunny day when

News of world looked

worse than simply grim

A lovely mother smiled at me

along the river walk

She asked about the meaning

of a large mysterious art

“What really is that?” Shy, she asked

But soon tears welled within

“I am so scared!”, she told me then

“You see, I’m from Iraq

The so worries me

though I’ve been here quite long

My son, well, he is ten right now

I worry so for him”

Her English was quite fine just then

“But I’m so scared of danger now!

Will this scare ever end?”

“I hope so and expect it will”

I soothed this mother kind

Yet deep inside my wishes were

To tell her more, in time


We chatted and exchanged first names

She’d finished art school once

I let her know some art group names

She added them to phone

We thought for sure we’d meet again

Small note still holds her name

I taped it on my desk at home

And noticed calls within

That echoed waves of river tides

Where seeds of purpose stirred

We parted from the river shore

And hoped we’d meet again


Then once again Fear spoke to me

I’d seen the young man once

Along the walk, we’d said hello,

Then there he was again

He’d run behind my steadfast walk

And stopped me just to chat

I listened well, felt strong his fear

He said it still takes time:

He can’t believe that in our town

there’s nothing quite so great

Back home in place, Afghanistan

he’d felt strange numbing fear

He’d worked inside an office then

but windows made him cringe

Yet here, no worry for the worst

No guns, nor hollers, threats from guards

Or fear of unknown prison charge

For nothing ever clear, but fear

Back home were flowers in the Spring

and beauteous seasons too

They could no longer be enjoyed

He loved what grew here true

“And all I have to do here now,”

He said in disbelief

“Is work real hard, not break the law

And I’m okay, no fear. So free”

“That’s right”, I said, “do be content

and live your life with joy

Creating lasting peace on earth

needs happen soon for all

So keep your friendly ways and learn

Work well with freedom vow

I’ll come again, but not sure when

I hope to see you then”

We walked together to the spot

where flowers white bloomed bright

Pronounced each other’s names a while

But since, I’ve missed his friendly smile

I’ve not seen him again


Along the river, near our town

The worries of the young

Have left a mark upon my soul

And tied me closer to heart’s goal

To walk along more rivers far

Use words to open hearts


Climb hills, take steps

Join working hands

Till peace replaces fear

And people all, live free


Carla Evans (C)  April 29, 2016



World Poetry Proudly Presents Carol-Ann Hoyte from Montreal, Canada!

Ariadne’s note:  Ariadne Sawyer, Isreal Mota and great tech Kelly had a wonderful time on the World Poetry Cafe Radio, January 29th . PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE SHOW! Carol-Ann Hoyte shared  beautiful and funny poems for children and spoke about her work with children and bringing them the gift of poetry. Please check out her links below.

The featured E-poem was by Lini Grol from Canada.

Our surprise poet and multimedia wiz Kagan Goh spoke about his father, his new book  and an upcoming multimedia launch coming up on Febraruy 2nd. He read a moving tribute to his father.

Kagan Goh and his wonderful family.

 Featured poet: By day, Carol-Ann Hoyte works as a school librarian. By evening and weekends, she works as a children’s poet. Her poems have been published in School Magazine Australia (est. 1916) and other publications in Canada, the United States, and England. Three of Carol-Ann’s poems appear in Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong’s The Poetry Friday Anthology: Poems for the School Year with Connections to the Common Core (K-Gr. 5 edition) which was released in September 2012. Carol-Ann has also created, co-edited, and self published And the Crowd Goes Wild!: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems which was released in September 2012. This international anthology features 50 poems written by 50 emerging/established writers from 10 countries and is aimed at 8- to 12-year-old children. The book has won a 2012 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award (Bronze Medal, Children’s Poetry) and has been nominated for the 2012 Cybils (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards). Carol-Ann, who is based in Montreal, loves limericks, novels in verse, and riddle poems.

Links for And the Crowd Goes Wild!: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems ( and,,,

The Poetry Friday Anthology: Poems for the School Year with Connections to the Common Core (K-Gr. 5 edition)

Chinese Jack-o’-Lantern Plant

Your pumpkin-orange blooms
decorate my autumn walk;
those puffed and papery lights
glow on lampposts of green stalk.

But I think it’s funny
that your bright and sunny tops
blossom in the shape of
upside-down tear.


                   Carol-Ann Hoyte (C)