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World Poetry Celebrates Lorna Crozier’s Latest Book Launch!


Ariadne’s Notes: On May 25,  the World Poetry Café Radio Show had the honour to feature two amazing and talented well known Canadian poets Lorna Crozier and  Michelle Elrick ,1-2 pm, PST,CFRO, 100.5 FM with hosts Ariadne Sawyer, Elaine Woo  and super engineer, Victor Schwartzman, and special volunteer, Sharon Rowe, in celebration of the publication of their new books! I will be featuring them separately on this site.

Lorna will be celebrating her new  book with launch at Munro’s Books in Victoria on Tuesday, May 30, at 7:00 PM. She will be reading alongside fellow Victoria poet Rhonda Ganz (Small, frequent loads of laundry, Mother Tongue).

Notes from co-host Elaine Woo about this remarkable show:

A delightful hour with Lorna Crozier, recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry and an Officer of the Order of Canada and with Nova Scotian poet Michelle Elrick, a finalist in the 2015 CBC Literary Award for Poetry and winner of the 2011 John Hirsch Award.

Lorna’s arresting poems from her latest book What the Soul Doesn’t Want, Freehand Books 2017 focus on what it means to age, grief, and the natural world. Listen for her thoughts about poems aging with the poet and for her helpful advice for young poets and about her literary ancestors.

Lorna’s advice:

1) Believe in your own voice, in the beauty and significance of own voice, faith in own story even if it has darkness 2) Your work will appeal to others if well done with craft and artistry.”

First up on the show was Lorna Crozier at 1:10 pm PST.

To hear their words of wisdom and exceptional poetry:  LISTEN TO THE SHOW!


Lorna Crozier, an Officer of the Order of Canada, is the author of sixteen previous books of poetry, most recently The Wrong Cat and The Wild in You. She is also the author of The Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Ordinary Things and the memoir Small Beneath the Sky. She is a Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria, has been awarded the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, and is a three-time recipient of the Pat Lowther Award. Born in Swift Current, she now lives on Vancouver Island with writer Patrick Lane and two fine cats.
For further information, please contact kelsey@freehand-books.com
Information and a full catalogue are also available at our website
at www.freehand-books.com.
Advance Praise for What the Soul Doesn’t Want.
“[A] late-career highlight… [Crozier] can speak for the inanimate with whimsy and empathy, knows when and how to conjure sensuality, and can sneak in an emotional payload.”
— Quill and Quire

Source: Kelsey Attard.
Praise for Lorna Crozier
“Lorna Crozier’s The Blue Hour of the Day . . . reads like one long autobiographical poem of astonishing coherence and beauty, and so powerful that, after I’d closed the book, I found that I’d unwittingly learnt several of the lines by heart.”
— Alberto Manguel, The London Times Literary Supplement
“Crozier writes of a world of imperfection, clumsiness, violence, betrayal, pain, and in spite of everything, delight and love . . . Always accessible, Crozier speaks a language we understand, but she uses it to tell us things we don’t.”
— Canadian Literature.


5th Award For WP Director Oswald Okaitei!








 Ariadne’s Note: The World Poetry Café Radio Show welcomed Oswald Okaitei on the World Poetry Café Radio Show, October 20th 1:10 PM, CFRO 100.5 FM!  A wonderful show with poetry and music direct from Ghana. To hear this special show :



World Poetry & Canada International  spotted Oswald´s potential to add up to global poetry and made no mistake to honour his efforts as World Empowered Poet ( which he confirms was his inspiration to his current status) in 2003. Years on, his hard works have gotten other international recognition ( from World Poetry& Canada International again, Nigeria & Philippines).
This year, he is due to take the 5th prestigious award of his career. This time, it is the “Pan-African Poet/Spoken word artist of the Year” award and it comes four years after active poetry/spoken word life.

Oswald Okaitei is a Performer Poet who combines music with poetry lines and verses to paint imagery in the eyes of the mind. He is a World Poetry & Canada International Director in Ghana. Oswald recently represented Ghana at the just ended Ugandan (Babishai Niwe) Poetry Festival where he ran a workshop on Poetry Entrepreneurship, participated in a panel discussion that seeks to promote a poetry caravan across Africa and also performed.
Oswald is one of the fresh breaths to poetry/spoken word worldwide. In recent times, he has conceptualized, directed and produced different poems by Prof. Lade Wosornu in a one act captioned “The Lade’s Capsule”, staged “Ete”, another poem by Prof. Lade Wosornu.
Oswald has also performed on national and international platforms and he was the only featured poet at the 8th Pan-African Congress. Some poets/spoken word artistes he has shared performing platforms with include Prof. Kofi Anyidoho, Prof. Atukwei Okai, Prof. Lade Wosornu, Muta Baruka and Rocky Dawuni.
The Awards event is organized by the Confederation of Governance Assessment Institute (COGAI), a non-profit and non-partisan organization which works to ensure that policies formulated and implemented by governing bodies and public institutions are tailored to meet the socio-economic needs of the people for the achievement of sustainable development.
Some other personalities/institutions to be awarded include Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Former President John Agyekum Kuffuor, Ghana Black Star´s captain, Asamoah Gyan,  Amenfiman Rural Bank, Breast Care International among others.
In a letter sent to Oswald, Dr. Henry K. Mensah, Selection Committee Chairman, stated:
“On behalf of the Steering committee and the organizing committee of the OSAGYEFO CORPORATE FESTIVAL AND PAN AFRICAN EMINENCE AWARDS, congratulations on being chosen for the 2016 PAN AFRICAN EMINENCE AWARDS. You (OSWALD OKAITEI) were chosen because of your immense contribution in promoting poetry through artistic and rhythmic character of verbal communication by the use of phonaesthetics, sound symbolism and metre which tends to induce meanings in addition to, or in place of prosaic professed meaning. Many pan-African poet and spoken word artistes were nominated and through comprehensive research and gathered information, the Selection committee gave careful consideration and you emerged the PAN-AFRICAN POET AND SPOKEN WORD ARTISTE OF THE YEAR.”
The award Ceremony will be in two sessions. Oswald’s award as (PAN-AFRICAN POET AND SPOKEN WORD ARTISTE OF THE YEAR.) falls under the Global session. The venue for the Award giving ceremony is the main auditorium of the International Conference Centre on 15th October, 2016 at 6pm prompt.

World Poetry Canada International would like to congratulate him on the new and well deserved award!

Tenth Ode for Muhammad Ali

In a united spirit,

We mourn the darkness in the sun

And cease the feet

Of the dancers and beating palms of the drummers…

In a spirited oneness,

We have sworn before your withered dust

Never to tear

But to inherit your bravery over fear

Yes, you injured the rock,

Diseased the medicine, floated like a butterfly

And stung like the bee…

So hero! Must we mourn your passage into the next world?


We shall not

Let the Praise Singers Gather by the edges of the golden streets

And the horn blowers

Kiss their horns: we shall hail the

‘Greatest’ before his leave today!

Oswald Okaitei (C)

A Very Special Radio Show Program, Music and Poetry!


Far left: Neall Ryan, Ariadne Sawyer, Victor Swartsman and Enrico Renz!

Ariadne’s Notes:

A wonderful World Poetry Café Radio Show with co-host Neall Ryan and amazing guests, musician and poet, Enrico Renz and soon to be co-host Victor Schwartzman, who was with co-op radio 40 years ago and even met his wife at an early co-op meeting. Coop is doing a Spring Fundraiser so all the guests helped in suggestion that all listeners go to www.coopradio.org, go to the donation section and put in the name of the World Poetry Café as their suggested program. We need to meet our quota of $600 for the year since we already have around $400 in memberships. For those of you are in the long wait list for the show and the www.worldpoetry.ca site, please become a member. We will give you three features per year as long as you let me know two months notice if possible.