Broadcasting from New Westminster and Vancouver, BC, Canada with great thanks to tech Kerry Buckner,The World Poetry Radio Show, CFRO 100.5 FM , 1-2 PM PST on May 31, celebrated Melanie Simms and Roxanne Health. They were unable to call in because their cell phone cards were not able to connect with Canada.
However, I read their bios and then went on to read poems from the World Poetry Peace E-Anthology on this site. If you want to read the poems and poets featured , the names and poems plus the page numbers will be listed here: Addena Sumter-Freitag, pages 175-177. Wida Tausif. Pages 180-181, Cheng Yousha, pages, 197-199. Ljupce Zahariev , 201. Also great thanks to Carol Knepper who did a great job of editing and all the others who worked on this free e-anthology of peace for the world.
It is a wonderful Peace e-Anthology full of important poems. *Please do not copy the poems without permission and are the property of the authors. Go to : https://worldpoetry.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ebook-vs6-March-13.pdf *
LAVENDER MEMORIES- 1 was read from a poet Amita Sanghviamita who is on tour from Oman who has been launching her new book. She is on the faculty from Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman. She says: ‘I recently launched my poetry book at Indian Embassy, Oman. I am traveling to Vancouver for a week- 19 th to 25th of June. Can I present my poems and the book? MY BOOK IS LAVENDER MEMORIES AND OTHER POEMS AND CENTRAL THEME IS PEACE AND HEALING .”
Music by the amazing Phil Haynes. philhaynes.com
Melanie Simms is an award winning author with over two hundred publications of poetry and short stories. She is the author of two poetry books, Remember the Sun (Sunbury Press) and Waking the Muse (Outskirts Press). She is included in numerous anthologies, and recent publications include The Galway Revew (Ireland), Adelaide Literary Magazine (published out of New York and Lisbon), and Blood And Thunder Literary Journal (University of Oklahoma). She is the recipient of a Vermont Writers Studio Scholarship, and finalists in the Adelaide Literary Competition (for poetry and short story writing) and the Richard Savage Award (Bloomsburg University). Her B.A. degree is in Creative Writing from Bloomsburg University and her MFA is currently in progress. She has two new books in progress; Alien Prophecy (her first science fiction novel) and a new collection of poetry (Poetry and Medicine) a collection that focuses on healing and medicine.She has appeared on numerous radio and television programs for the arts.You can learn more about Melanie Simms at www.poetmelaniesimms.wordpress.com
A poem for Dr.Moshin Wazir, Geisinger Oral Surgery.
I opened my neck
Bared the wounds of my life,
As your scissors
Cut me free.
It was a necessary surgery,
Yet as you snipped,
Stich by stitch
Switchblades and murders,
Mafia and threats from beasts of the night
Hovering at my bedside
To devour me.
I even feared
You might be one of those rogue doctors
Killing patients on rounds.
A bible lay at the bottom of my bed
Trying to remind me of a long lost god,
But through your kindness, I found salvation.
You rescued me
Healed me with your modern amulets and medical wisdoms,
Sent the demons back to Hades,
And brought me to the light
Like a priest on Sunday morning,
Inviting me to drink
From the wine of life.
Melanie Simms. (C) All rights reserved by author .
Author biography: Roxanne Heath’s interests and ambitions have changed many times over the years, but the one constant has been her affinity for fiction. Her primary hobby in childhood was writing stories, and the habit continued well into her high school and college years despite pursuing a degree in science. Her favorite genres to write are those that dabble in mythology, fantasy, and paranormal horror. She can be found on her website www.roxanneheath.com, but is more easily reached via Twitter and Facebook under the handle @rheathwrites