World Poetry Celebrates the Multi-talented Kagan Goh from Canada!

Ariadne’s notes:   The World Poetry Cafe Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Jaz Gill, operator Sarah Jo,  celebrated the talent of Kagan Goh  in a special radio show last night, September 15th. I was honoured to read the Wedding Poem that I wrote for Kagan and Julia, based on my parent’s tradition of having a Weekaversary.  They put aside the day to celebrate and renew their everlasting  love. My parents would be so honoured to know that Kagan and Julia are continuing  the tradition. As a young child, I could join in and share my poems and drawings and even hold a candle. Added to the show, wonderful poems by Jaz and Kagan plus a very moving short story.  Click HERE For the show!


Kagan Goh was born in Singapore in 1969.  After years of traveling, he emigrated with his family to Canada in 1986 and now resides in Vancouver. He is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a spoken word poet, novelist, journalist and mental health activist. Kagan is an author who has been published in anthologies such as “Strike the Wok”: an Asian Canadian anthology of short fiction (TSAR Publications); “Henry Chow and Other Stories from the Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop” (Tradewinds Books), SARE 50 (South East Asian Review of English, Issue 50),  “Alive At the Center: an anthology of poems from the Pacific Northwest ” (Ooligan Press) and the Writer’s Studio 2010 and 2012 emerge (Simon Fraser University).  In 2012, Select Books, Singapore, published his first book “Who Let In the Sky?”


(for Kio Kee, Johnny and Xian
I was born a rotten egg.
Why me out of a carton of four?
I’m spoiled.
But my parents didn’t toss me out.
Even when I’m no use.
You can’t eat me,
so why keep me?
They held me in their palms
incubating my ailing heart.
I want to be born all over again.
Maybe God will give me a fresh start.
Then my shell cracked one day
and I fell open
naked, sticky and wet.
to discover I am a black chicken.
I’ve been miscast all along.
They say chickens can’t fly
but just watch me try.
I believe in miracles.
Name one?
I was born.

Kagan Goh (C)

1 thought on “World Poetry Celebrates the Multi-talented Kagan Goh from Canada!

  1. Marilee Pittman

    Thank you for this wonderful broadcast. I so enjoyed Kagan Goh’s amazing poetry. It’s a lovely program and I will certainly try to catch it every Tuesday.
    From the other coast
    Marilee Pittman


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