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World Poetry Celebrates Bernice Lever from Canada!

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Ariadne’s Notes; The World Poetry Café with host and producer, Ariadne Sawyer and co-host Neall Ryon with super tech Victor, were honoured to welcome the award winning poet and author, Bernice Lever to the show on December 10th, at 1PM Pacific Standard Time  on CFRO 105.FM .A fascinating show with e-questions, poems , insights on peace, Poetic News and more! CLICK HERE to listen to the show! Music by Enrico Renz and Ablaye . First gift peace poem by Wida Tausif, one of 800 divided up between four poets for the World Poetry Canada International upcoming Exhibit at UBC. 

Bernice Lever, born 1936 in Smithers, BC, was a founding editor of WAVES, literary magazine, York U., from 1972-1987 and has published nine poetry books, (Red Letter Day, Black Moss, 2014),  a teaching CD: The Colour of Words. She’s active  in  Canadian Authors, League of Canadian Poets, Federation of BC Writers, etc.  She reads poems, (some prize winners), across Canada, USA  and abroad. She has won five Lifetime Achievement awards as well as the Allan Sangster Award. Also she was named #1 Comedy Writer at Whistler Writers Festival , Comedy Quickies” event, October 15, 2015.

Writer-in-Residence for CAA – Vancouver, she edits book manuscripts. Retired from Seneca College, Toronto, she gives workshops across Canada   Bernice gets ‘high’ on words.    www.colourofwords.com

PEACE Seedlings

Each PEACE poem is a dry speck until spring rains,

then an acceptance flows, then a shell cracks,

until one root begins to stretch and multiply —


Each Peace public statement gains

from open positive nourishment,

from added fertilizer praises,

so roots flourish more and more —

Each Peace rally adds sun warmth

to coax this first stem to burst up,

to sprout tiny, green leaves,

to subdivide again and again —


Each Peace song that sings,

each Peace music performance,

again and again until many voices

caress lush buds on muti plants —


Each PEACE prayer, one recites

in private or in parliament,

encourages and supports blossoms

of all colours to bloom,

causing scents of PEACE

to inoculate the world,

encircle the globe.

Bernice Lever     ©


World Poetry Presents Nasreen Pejvack from Canada!



Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show welcomed the multitalented poet, author and singer  to the show on February 18th on CFRO 100.5 FM. Music by : Valerie Cardill, Ablaye and Volker. Background music by Rene Hugo Sanchez.

To hear this informative and lovely show: Click Here!

Nasreen Pejvack was born in Tehran, Iran.  Today she resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.  At a young age, Nasreen left Iran for Greece due to the brutal aftermath of the 1979 revolution in Iran.  After 19 months living in Athens, she left for Canada to begin a new life in a more peaceful environment.  As her credentials were not recognized in Canada, she started anew by studying computer programming at Algonquin college in Ontario.

She lived and worked in Ottawa for 8 years.  Soon, her adventurous spirit brought her to Vancouver, British Columbia where she continued work in the computer field, and at the same time discovered the magnificent beauty of the West Coast.

She then moved to California to work as a Systems Analyst for CNet Networks during the tech boom of the 1990s.  After several years she returned to her new homeland of Canada and her beloved BC.  After over 11 years in the IT field, she decided to start a new chapter in her life and made a conscious decision to work with people instead of codes and projects.  While working as a counselor and educator, she also developed and presented Workshops  http://www.examine-consider-act.org/Workshops.html?0=  tailored to the needs and requirements of her clients; she pursued and completed a degree in psychology, and is now studying Sociology aiming for her PhD. 

As she travels and enjoys nature, she has learned more and more about the human psyche and people’s behaviours, and tries to understand humanity in all its complexity.   She is concerned about why have we come such a long way in this epoch in gaining such profound intellectual capital and developing such marvelous technology, and yet wars, pain, conflict, hunger and strife have followed us throughout this history?  She asks the world why, despite all that we have accomplished, self-interest and intolerance threatens to overcome all our achievements.  She continues her research and anxiously watches human nature and behaviour to see if we can step back from the brink of destroying everything.

By 2012, she decided to take early retirement and has since renewed her battle with the world’s wars, hunger and greed.  To start, she wrote a historical novel called “Amity” which is being published by York University Press, Inanna.  “Amity” is a window through which one can see the wreckage caused by wars and conflict, which leave behind destruction, displacements, struggles and pain resulting in life-long psychological disorders that are irreparable.  It is a story about the lives of various people who live within these wreckages and must deal with their devastations, here specifically within the contexts of Yugoslavia’s dissolution and Iran’s revolution.   The book questions the motivations of those inflicting these injuries upon peoples and ecosystems, and pursues discussions about solutions or paths that we all might take to repair our dysfunctional societies and know peace.

Nasreen Pejvack also writes poetry, short stories and articles in her website: http://www.examine-consider-act.org/ and Inanna Publication Blog:their link is here: http:// www.inanna.ca/blog-and media/blog



I am the daughter of mother earth I am the tears of the mountains, joining the rivers;

together we join the oceans I am the lover of earth’s forests, oceans and mountains I have climbed the hard mountains, seeking freedom,

hearing of freedom I have traveled across the world, seeking liberty,

talking of freedom I have followed our thinkers; listened to their speeches,

seeking a liberated world I long for peace on mother earth; and still I am waiting I dream of a united world, with no war and no slaughter;

yet hopelessly only wishing it, not tasting it
I still climb mountains, roam forests,

enjoy the birds, and talk of love. Yet the ones around me are oblivious to the real me;

the real me is bleeding, watching the apathetic people around me…

You are the power behind me, next to me You are the one who shares this world with me You are who is making it grow and develop You are who can contribute to its happiness You are who can ignore the tyrant’s bully,

You are who can make a difference or be indifferent

Have I given up hope? Not yet Have I waited too long? Undeniably Have I lost my trust?  Not yet Have I waited for us to make it right? Indeed

Nasreen Pejvack (c)



World Poetry Proudly Presents Myna Wallin from Canada!

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Ariadne’s Notes, The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Una Bruhn  proudly presented the talented poet Myna Wallin in a special radio program Tuesday night , February 3rd. Also featured was a phone in  by tech Israel Mota, Creativity Rocks by Ariadne Sawyer and music by Rene Hugo Sánchez, Swan Walker and Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze. To hear this “magical” show CLICK HERE!

Myna Wallin is a Toronto author and editor. She has had two books published, a collection of poetry, Thousand Profane Pieces (Tightrope Books, 2006), and a novel, Confessions of A Reluctant Cougar, (Tightrope Books, 2010). “Confessions” was long listed for the ReLit Award in 2010. Her poetry has won her two honourable mentions: in 2009 she received an Honourable Mention in the CV2 2-Day Best Poem Prize, and in 2010 she received an Honourable Mention in the Winston Collins/Descant Prize for Best Canadian Poem. Last winter a poem of hers hung at the Art Gallery of Ontario, along with two paintings of her, in an exhibit entitled, “Why Not Paintings of Poets?” This fall she had the honour of reading her poem about Gordon Lightfoot to Gordon Lightfoot. A piece of hers will appear among luminaries such as Leonard Cohen in a new collection, Where the Nights Are Twice as Long: Love Letters by Canadian Poets  (Goose Lane Editions, 2015). 

Her  books for sale can be found at www.mynawallin.com or www.tightropebooks.com or on Amazon.ca or amazon.com  She has 2 paperbacks (one is a collection of poems and one is a novel. The novel (Confessions of a Reluctant cougar, will soon be available as an eBook!! She can also be found by just typing her name into the google search engine. 


They’re all the rage-

            blondes are out; thinkers are in

proclaimed in a Toronto Life cover story:

            spotted at important cocktail parties

a copy of Carson’s Men in the Off Hours

            poking out of knapsacks, talking Griffin & Trillium,


 vigorously debating the merits of sound

            poetry. Doctors, lawyers, take their trophy poets

to the South of France or cottages on Lake Rosseau. Seen

            getting out of SUV’s looking self-conscious, morally                               

conflicted. Fake boobs are out; they want a woman with big

            opinions, with Bohemian flair. Holt Renfrew ladies


are threatened, commenting poisonously on the “Sally Anne girls,”

            during a glycolic peel or paraffin treatment. These men

in suits, appetites wander. This is the new urban pairing.

            The men need some culture, some social relevance, a connection

to the arts beyond symphony tickets. For their part, the poets

            admire men who can escort them to Scaramouche or Canoe


withdrawing 50’s and 100’s, manicured hands dipping into Gucci

            leather. Yet, the new women feel strangely

objectified. A professional was overheard whispering, “My little

            poet laureate,” to his girlfriend, just published in Grain

Some of these bankers have poetic aspirations: when they bring        

a sonnet or haiku to the table the romance is dead.


Trophy poets are coming, there’s no stopping them. Cartier

            watches (they didn’t buy with royalties) peek out

from under their black Gap turtlenecks. They are so clever,

            these girls, if you stare into their pupils long enough

            it’s foreplay.

             Myna Wallin (C)