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World Poetry Proudly Presents Annie Tsotas from Montreal, Canada!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Anita Aguirre Nieveras featured the young author Annie Tsotas  from Montreal  and the award winning poet Alan Girling on May 26th. We also welcomed back Tech and host Israel Mota! To hear this great show: CLICK HERE!


Annie writes: “My name is Annie Tsotas, I am 20 years old and I was born and raised in Montreal. I am a student at Concordia University, studying English Lit., and Harlequin Confessions is my first published book. At the age of 16 I started reading my poetry in cafés but since the age of 18 I have been performing and competing in poetry slams at various cafés and venues in my hometown.  Writing and poetry are my prime passions and I have been working on teaching a class at an after school program, to bring awareness on the importance of art, specifically poetry and spoken word.

‘Harlequin Confessions’ is a unique compilation of spiritual poetry – with one half told from a girl’s perspective, and the other from that of her once lover. After they die and are resurrected, the duo succumbs to the power of quantum entanglement (a theory that dictates when two individual particles interact and are then separated, no matter the distance or how far apart they are, they remain connected and react in unison) to fall back in love under the force of unity. It focuses on the idea of what makes a human, human, and it’s written for a world that often forgets that everything is connected”

 You can purchase it at: http://amzn.to/1GoKD6i and

Her Facebook page for more of her workhttps://www.facebook.com/confessionsinink

there is nothing like the
aftereffect of thunderstorm.  The way
you scream lightning, my lungs shake
every time you speak now,
and I wonder if it ever gets any better.

the sky is empty tonight.
we sat under a streetlight by your
house, and I felt the cushion over
your bones trembling, as you reached for
my hand.

the darkness has never looked so hungry.

there is a dialect that is formed from the way
these tired comets on your fingertips
clash over my ripped lips, and this diction
of yours stands heavy between my teeth.

your lips are sugarcoated with
every excuse I never liked the dark,
but every reason I still
stay up at night, like
maybe tonight, the moon will talk back
to me.

the sky fell over my shoulders and
the stars placed themselves on the pavement
of my back, like this is what
everything at once feels like.

I don’t remember the sound
of explosions, but that’s okay;
I hear it sounds a whole lot like the
way you say

let’s pretend you still stay
up at night to watch me sleep.  to
watch my eyelids make love to you,
as I dream every way you can
crawl your  breaths back to me.

but no one told me my hands were
capable of touching you. all I was ever told,
was about the distance between our atoms and
how I will never be able to hold you, or feel you,
or scar my wrists with the grease of your fingertips.

the way you spin stars in your palms
makes me question what the world looks like.
your eyelids vibrate from the way the moon
breathes on them, and I spend nights staying up looking
at you, like you aren’t human to me.

so I kidnapped the objects in the sky for you;
I left a trail of stars all over your skin,
and left pieces of the moon in the back pockets
of every time you called me beautiful,
but the nighttime hasn’t come yet. and I wonder if its too late.
I wonder if the stars on your skin will
explode before you realize how bright you can be in the darkness.

the darkness has never looked so
hungry, and I wonder if it’s too late
to put everything back
where it belonged.
but there is nothing like the after effect of thunderstorm-
ribcages clashing from trembling
bones.  the silence has never sounded so
eloquent and heavy and
we sit in it like it doesn’t get any better
than this

Annie Tsotas ©


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)

World Poetry Cafe Radio Show Proudly Presents Victor Schwartzman!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota welcomed the Empowered World Poetry Canada International Peace And Human Rights Film Festival Director Victor Schwartzman! A fascinating show about the featured films, poetry and readings from his new Graphic Novel. World Poetry is so grateful for his seamless work during the festival. Most of the films that were shown were mentioned on the show.

To hear the show and Israel’s special effects: CLICK HERE


Victor Schwartzman

Victor started writing when he was eight—a handwritten family newspaper—and has never stopped.  He rarely has tried to get published.  He majored in ‘creative writing’ for his B.A. and was accepted into the MFA programme at the University of California, Irvine.  However, his disagreement with the American involvement in the Vietnamese civil war led him to become a war resistor and move to Canada in 1968.

He has written tv scripts for CBC TV, narration scripts for documentaries, and has numerous ‘hits’ on Google for poetry and other writing.  He was a very minor founding member of COOP Radio, typed the CRTC application and was the engineer who broadcast the very first evening of shows.

Victor has served on the Boards of two Social Planning Councils, in Toronto and then Winnipeg, and ended as President in the Winnipeg SPC.  He lived in Winnipeg for 25 years, where initially he was the Executive Director of the Unemployed Help Centre.  Then for 23 years he was a human rights officer with The Manitoba Human Rights Commission, where he investigated complaints of discrimination.

In Winnipeg he served eight years each on the Boards of the Manitoba Writers Guild and Prairie Fire Press.  Victor was active online at that time and eventually was invited to join the Underground Literary Alliance.  After about a year he left the ULA in disagreement over its use of personal attacks on writers.  He became a minor player with four other writers who together formed Outsider Writers, a literary website.  That site is still around, although with a bit of a different name, and is primarily a review site for independent writing.  He also has been the poetry editor of a small online magazine, Target Audience, for six years.  He “reviews” nonmainstream poets he likes, he won’t write about stuff he doesn’t like.  All this led to his being awarded a page in the Literary Underground Wikipedia (I think that’s the name), a catalogue of nonmainstream writers.

Victor retired from the Human Rights Commission in 2008 (it’s a long story but you can Google it), and moved to Vancouver.  He is married with two grown children.  Retired, he has been able to focus much more time on writing.  Since a modest heart attack and a double stent he also exercises more, eats better and is putting more energy into getting published before he croaks.

His graphic novel, The Winnipeg Weakly Herald, is currently serialized by the great Canadian lit site, Red Fez.  The Herald is the story of people who work on a community newspaper (Victor’s been working on this since 1994, when there were community newspapers), with each chapter of the novel being one issue of the six page newspaper.  He also volunteers a weekly satiric column for Accessibility News in Ontario on disability issues, and works with Paul Caune on disability issues in British Columbia.  And he still writes that monthly poetry review.

Check out the  links for King Of The Planet.  Here is the link for Amazon.ca: 

In any Amazon, you can type in King Of The Planet, and the Kindle book should come up. 

For Facebook, this is what came up:

In terms of poetry, Victor is working on a collection of poems which tell stories (“People You Know”.)  From this collection, he offered for a reading on peace issues:

At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

Haunted for years I went to the Wall
a war resister facing soldiers who died
looking at the Wall, my crying eyes
reflected with all those forgone lives
they made the sacrifice I refused
what sacrifice should I have made?
if it was right why do I feel guilty?  *

I stood there a long time looking
all those names, some guys I knew
someone crying, my eyes are dry
coming home was worse than the war
lifelong friends, tho I have nightmares
greatest time of my life and the worst
may never know if it was worth it *

Never knew what hit me (land mine)
never knew what I died for (politics)
drafted out of my life into death
I owed my country and what a payback
flown back in a box, saw the parade
my sacrifice a memory no one wants
my country sent me to die for nothing

Victor Schwartzman ©