The World Poetry Café Radio, CFRO, 100.5 FM on November 21 at 1:10 pm PST with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Diego Bastianutti was proud to present Michael Mirolla in a wonderful show about his term as the current Writer in Residence at the Historic Joy Kogawa House. English, Italian and Spanish poetry was also read. It was exciting to get a glimpse of his life as writer in residence as well as his readings and presentations.
Also, calling in to the at 1:30 pm PST is : LGBTQ IA Filmmaker NEELU BHUMAN travelling somewhere in the world whose will have a separate feature about the team and the difference they are making in the world.
E-poem by the well known Ruth Kozak and a tribute to the Silent Ones, with a poem by Ariadne Sawyer called the Tortured One, a story by Sharon Rowe and a welcome back to Victor along with great thanks to Kerry Buckner for taking over the controls while Victor was away.
Michael Mirolla is the current Writer in Residence at the Historic Joy Kogawa House. He is the author of a clutch of novels, poetry collections, short story collections and plays. He is a three-time winner of the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize. His novel Berlin was a finalist for the Indie and National Book Awards and has been translated into Latvian. The short story “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology and “The Sand Flea” was a Pushcart Prize nominee. His new novella, The Last News Vendor, was published by Quattro Books in November 2019. Born in Italy and raised in Montreal, Michael now lives in Hamilton, Ontario. For more information: http://www.michaelmirolla.com. He is also the publisher of Guernica Editions.
The World Poetry Café radio show , celebrated Halloween On October 31, 1-2 pm PST CFRO 100.5 FM with live music, Spanish and Peace Poetry from Timileyn Gabriel Olajuwon from Nigeria , Jackson Dukpa from Bhutan and Davy Fidel (chapter 3) from Nigeria.
Also great thanks to John Preston and Bernice Lever whose contributions pushed us over the top of fundraising for our show!
First guest: , “Alfredo Flores arrived in Canada from Guatemala 28 years ago. After spending time in Toronto and Montreal he landed in Vancouver in 1997. Latino, plays traditional South American folk music. Accomplished street performer.” He is representing our long partnership with the Heart of the City Festival, 16th anniversary with over 150 performances. You may hear live music on the show and Spanish! http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/ Alfredo and his friend, Antu originally from Chile played live music and also a selection from their CD, Blue Mountain.
Second guest from the UK known as the poet Guppyman. “I have grave concerns for the environment and the future of mother earth. My mission is to make people more aware of the environmental issues of the planet through the art of poetry. I am also a puppeteer, my puppets are known as Guppies Crew. My puppets preach love, peace and environmental care through the art of poetry. Peace 2 all”
Listen live at www.coopradio.org or go to archives after the show. Also, listen on Canada Player.
Ariadne’s Notes: On October 3, another moving peace poem was read on the World Poetry Cafe radio show. from the author, Aida G. Roque! She’s from Wilmington, Delaware, USA. A retired Sped teacher in Maryland Public School and a faculty member of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, where she earned her degree in Education and Siena College as School Psychometrician before she moved to the USA. She also obtained her Graduate Studies in Master’s degree in Special Education and Post Graduate at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia as the Teacher Ambassador Scholarship Program. Authored and published three children’s books and an anthology with another group of poets around the world. Her other poems were selected and published by renowned publishers in New York, the SPILLWORDS PRESS Publishing Company and Poetry Soup.
Since the show was not archived, I am putting the poem on site and plan on re-reading the poems that were not saved Thursday on the World Poetry Cafe radio show 100.5 FM, radio show the October 10 from 1-10 pm PST.
THEME OF POEM: PEACE
“ONE BROTHER, ONE NATION “
We all live on one planet and in God’s
hands, we were molded from dirt and
when we die, to dust, we will all return.
We are born naked and no wealth
and back to its final journey empty.
In God’s eyes, we’re all special,
our apprehension leads us to
dissimulation of judgment,
creating jealousy, hatred and
greediness, that evoke a chaos life.
We should have no borders to cross
and no immigration officers to scrutinize,
with one faith in one God, no race and no
declaration of skin color. Nobody is
illegal or displaced immigrants.
Now, I sing my glorious song and thanksgiving
for God gave you and me as one brother,
from umbilical cord and one universal type of
blood flowing on our vein, inherited from our ancestors,
from Africa, who live in a continent, we now share us one home,