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World Poetry Proudly Presents Corazon Wong Canda From Japan!

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Ariadne’s note: “We are honoured to welcome Corazon Wong Canda to the World Poetry site. She is known for her great heart and her wonderful ability to help others. Her poems will be read on the World Poetry Cafe Radio Show on November 6th in the  phone in featured show with Sultan Khilji from Lahore Pakistan.”  

The first things  that one notices about Corazon Wong Canda is her ready smile and her desire to assist others. Born in the Philippines of a half Chinese mother and Filipino father, Corazon has made Japan her home for over twenty-five years and is now a permanent residentof that country. She speaks Tagalog, Japanese, some Spanish and teaches English, full-time, as a second language at the elementary school level. She inherited a healthy love of music from her parents and plays the guitar, the hand bells and the xylophone.

A graduate of the Philippine Christian University, Corazon earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and majored in psychology. She also took a one-year secretarial course at the Jetwriting School of the Philippines. Over the years, she developed a love of literature, especially poetry, and she now writes haiku, tanka, triolets and other short forms. Over the past year, she has been mentored by Canadian poet, Richard Doiron, whom she plans on visiting in the near-future, along with visiting another Canadian poet, Carol Knepper, also a member of World Poetry.

A true romantic, Corazon’s poetry tends to address love and matters of the heart more than anything else. The two short poems that follow are reflective of this:  

1 The Home Inside My Heart

Inside my heart, I built a home,
a home for two…for me and you.

Around this home, a landscape sown
a faithful garden therefore grown…

A garden filled with trust and care,
harmony and understanding there,

with extra care to weed the ground
so that our love’s forever found.

2 The Music Of Your Heart

In my quiet moments
of solitude and silence
I say my grateful prayer
and then listen to the beat
of your ever-loving heart
and know it as the music
by which I will soon
be made to dance.

Corazon Wong Canda (C)




World Poetry Proudly Welcomes Carol Knepper from Canada!

Carol Knepper

 World Poetry would like to welcome Carol back to our site. As a member, she gets three visits per year. Thank you Carol for your poetic and mentoring work. She also has been featured as an e-poet on the World poetry Cafe Radio Show.

 Carol Knepper graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from University of New Brunswick, Fredericton N.B. with an honours degree thesis on William Blake. B.Ed. from St. Thomas University, also in Fredericton.
Taught English for over 30 years in the public school system of New Brunswick at grade levels ranging from 7 to 11.
Always enjoyed writing, even while teaching, but after retirement in 2003, began writing more seriously as a sort of second career. In 2005, set up the website http://www.spiritsinpeace.com
with noted New Brunswick poet Richard Doiron, later adding my own blog to that site:
Has read at both national and international events and has been published in several venues such as Richard Vallance’s Canadian Zen Haiku and the late Sondra Ball’s Autumn Leaves. Poetry has also been aired on CBC on various occasions. Currently a member of the Writers Federation of New Brunswick and ArtsLink N.B. Author of three print books, Clean and Simple Stones, My World of Etherées, and My Ink Exposed, and of 7 e-books.
Recently became an associate editor of Canadian Zen Haiku and Sonnetto Poesia.

                                                        Bird-Brained Lessons

Let songs of swallows punctuate our late-night sleep!
Let morning naps be murdered by dawn-crack caw
of sleek-black sentry crow that leaves found food
for flock and simply sits atop a towering tamarack,
and takes no greedy pick or peck for carrion-call.

Let trill of robins be our early symphony, their quill-cheer
choir an ode to optimistic joy. Let twit of cardinal
wolf-whistle us to cheeky confidence, and let belted blast
of tiny song-sparrows show us that great things
can come from sources small when inspiration strikes. 

Let dulcet coo of doves, straw-swaddled, ever be
a beacon in our quest for placid peace, their nurture
of new nestlings instructing humankind. And let us
learn our bird-brained lessons with our hearts and minds
flung open like our summer windows, admitting
musical mentorship in wise and wondrous ways. 

© 2008 by Carol Knepper


World Poetry Proudly Presents Youth Poet Robbie Engelquist


Robbie's roses

Hailing from New Westminster BC, Canada,  talented poet and rapper Robbie Engelquist joined hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Oparin Ortiz along with radio technician Medhi on the World Poetry Cafe Radio show, January 31st in downtown Vancouver, BC, on unceded First Nation land.

Robbie spoke about the therapeutic influence of rapping and poetry in his life and how it has empowered him in his life. He performs for youth with mental health issues and others as well. Robbie shared a new rap that he had just written and a poem. Guest host Oparin Ortiz spoke compared of some poems of  poet Robert Frost to rap and a good discussion followed.The interview gave listeners a new appreciation of “Ethical Rap” and it’s transformational abilities.

Beautiful E-poems from Carol Knepper and Margaret Eaton rounded out the show.

To listen: CLICK HERE!