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World Poetry Cafe Proudly Welcomes Rick Lupert from California, USA!

Ariadne’s note: Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota welcomed the well known poet from San Fernando Valley, California! Also e-poems by Lini Grol and World Poetry Canada International Director Saleh Mazumder. Music by Susan Cogan and Courtney Pine. To hear the show: CLICK HERE! Due to radio station tech problems, only part of the show can be heard. May be able to download a copy and post it. Sorry about the confusion.

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Rick Lupert has been involved in the Los Angeles poetry community since 1990. He served for two years as a co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets, a non-profit organization which produces readings and publications out of the San Fernando Valley. His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals, including The Los Angeles Times, Rattle, Chiron Review, Red Fez, Zuzu’s Petals, Stirring, The Bicycle Review, Caffeine Magazine, Blue Satellite and others. He edited the anthologies Ekphrastia Gone Wild – Poems Inspired by Art, A Poet’s Haggadah: Passover through the Eyes of Poets, and The Night Goes on All Night – Noir Inspired Poetry, and is the author of fifteen collections of poetry: Nothing in New England is New, Death of a Mauve Bat, Sinzibuckwud!, We Put Things In Our Mouths, Paris: It’s The Cheese, I Am My Own Orange County, Mowing Fargo, I’m a Jew. Are You?, Feeding Holy Cats, Stolen Mummies, I’d Like to Bake Your Goods, A Man With No Teeth Serves Us Breakfast (Ain’t Got No Press), Lizard King of the Laundromat, Brendan Constantine is My Kind of Town (Inevitable Press) and Up Liberty’s Skirt (Cassowary Press). He has hosted the long running Cobalt Café reading series in Canoga Park since 1994 and is regularly featured at venues throughout Southern California.

Rick created and maintains the Poetry Super Highway, an online resource and publication for poets. (PoetrySuperHighway.com)

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rickpoet

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rickpoet

Currently Rick works as a music teacher at synagogues in Southern California and as a graphic and web designer for anyone who would like to help pay his mortgage.

By the Time You Read This Book
Our Son Probably Still Won’t Be
Potty Trained

We’ve been rewarding our son with toys
when he’s used the potty so when he runs up
to the strangers at the airport, holds up
his Spiderman motorcycle and says
I got this because I pooped!
it was, Indeed, a reward for all.
Later he asks another three year old
if he can drive the motorcycle on her head.
She says yes, out of professional courtesy.

 From Nothing in New England is New

Rick Lupert (C)

World Poetry Cafe Proudly Presents Helen Bar-Lev from Israel!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA World Poetry Café Radio Show hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota welcomed the talented painter, artist and poet Helen Bar-Lev to the show at CFRO, 100.5 FM  www.coopradio.org

Also featured were e-poems by Lini Grol from Canada and Dr. Hadaa Sendoo from Mongolia. Music by Susan Cogan from her CD Gypsy Hill. To hear the show CLICK HERE!

Helen Bar-Lev was born in New York in 1942.  She holds a B.A. in Anthropology.  She has lived in Israel for 42 years and has held over 90 exhibitions of her landscape paintings, 33 of which were one-person shows.  Her poems and artwork have appeared in numerous online and print anthologies.  Collections: Cyclamens and Swords and other poems about the land of Israel, and The Muse in the Suitcase, both with Johnmichael Simon, illustrated by Helen.  In Moonlight the Sky Will Slide with Katherine L. Gordon.  EVERYTHING TODAY, a not-what-you-expect book of poetry about colours with her colour illustrations, is Helen’s latest collection and a new book of alphabet love letters is in preparation.  Helen is Assistant to the President of Voices Israel group of poets in English www.voicesisrael.com  and Senior Editor of Cyclamens and Swords Publishing, www.cyclamensandswords.com  She lives in Metulla, Israel with her poet-partner Johnmichael Simon.  Her two children and four grandchildren live not far away. www.helenbarlev.com

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Between the Banal and the Eternal

A border of boulders has been erected
to prevent the orchard from falling into the valley
and it is here that we stand
lost in its silence,
looking down on the land,
on its fields and its fish ponds,
on this wealth of earth
in the warmth of its summer

Almost-ripe apples bulge on their branches,
nectarines too, large but leaden,
wait for sweetness to seep in

Here is the real world, up in these orchards
and below in the valley, human-free and serene,
forgotten by a civilization which has chosen
to conglomerate into jittery cities,
to rise higher and higher in impossible structures,
looking down through glass and window planters
at congestion and frustration
in robotic symbiosis, at clones of themselves

While here in the only reality
the meaning of existence is written
in the parchment of its orchards
in the richness of its fields,
the fullness of its fishponds,
the purity of its breath,
sweet as peace

In a world that hovers
between the banal
and the eternal
as the sun sets
in the heat
of a solstice eve

© 6.2008 Helen Bar-Lev


World Poetry Proudly Presents Carol-Ann Hoyte from Montreal, Canada!

Ariadne’s note:  Ariadne Sawyer, Isreal Mota and great tech Kelly had a wonderful time on the World Poetry Cafe Radio, January 29th . PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE SHOW! Carol-Ann Hoyte shared  beautiful and funny poems for children and spoke about her work with children and bringing them the gift of poetry. Please check out her links below.

The featured E-poem was by Lini Grol from Canada.

Our surprise poet and multimedia wiz Kagan Goh spoke about his father, his new book  and an upcoming multimedia launch coming up on Febraruy 2nd. He read a moving tribute to his father.

Kagan Goh and his wonderful family.

 Featured poet: By day, Carol-Ann Hoyte works as a school librarian. By evening and weekends, she works as a children’s poet. Her poems have been published in School Magazine Australia (est. 1916) and other publications in Canada, the United States, and England. Three of Carol-Ann’s poems appear in Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong’s The Poetry Friday Anthology: Poems for the School Year with Connections to the Common Core (K-Gr. 5 edition) which was released in September 2012. Carol-Ann has also created, co-edited, and self published And the Crowd Goes Wild!: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems which was released in September 2012. This international anthology features 50 poems written by 50 emerging/established writers from 10 countries and is aimed at 8- to 12-year-old children. The book has won a 2012 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award (Bronze Medal, Children’s Poetry) and has been nominated for the 2012 Cybils (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards). Carol-Ann, who is based in Montreal, loves limericks, novels in verse, and riddle poems.

Links for And the Crowd Goes Wild!: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems (www.crowdgoeswildpoems.com and www.friesenpress.com

www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com, www.amazon.co.ukbookshop.blackwell.co.uk, www.waterstones.com

The Poetry Friday Anthology: Poems for the School Year with Connections to the Common Core (K-Gr. 5 edition)  poetryfridayanthology.blogspot.com

Chinese Jack-o’-Lantern Plant

Your pumpkin-orange blooms
decorate my autumn walk;
those puffed and papery lights
glow on lampposts of green stalk.

But I think it’s funny
that your bright and sunny tops
blossom in the shape of
upside-down tear.


                   Carol-Ann Hoyte (C)