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The World Poetry Cafe Proudly Presents Carolyn Mary Kleefeld from the USA!


Ariadne’s note: The World Poetry Café with Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Vivian Davidson, along with our great tech Medhi  welcomed the well known, poet, artist and visionary Carolyn Mary Kleefeld   to the show. The opening welcome was  by Carolyn from  a beautiful and inspiring CD included in her book Vagabond Dawns  A truly magical show with poems and insights! E-poem by Cliff Milne on peace, the birth of a new book , The Journey to the Archangels by Mutiu Olawuyi and news on the upcoming World Poetry Canada International Poetathon. CLICK HERE for a link to the show and enjoy.









Born in Catford, England, Carolyn grew up in southern California, where she studied art and psychology at UCLA.  In 1980 she moved to her cliff-side home high above the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur, California, where she studies, writes, and paints amidst the surrounding wilderness. *

A passion for creative expression and a lifelong fascination with spiritual transformation have ignited Carolyn to become an award-winning poet, writer, and artist. She is the author of eleven books, a variety of which are used as inspirational texts in universities and healing centers, and are featured along with the writings of seven other acclaimed woman writers in a continuing course, “The Other Half of the Sky: Eight Woman Writers,” taught at Swansea University in Wales. *

Carolyn’s books have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize, and her first book, Climates of the Mind, was translated into Braille by the Library of Congress.  Her writings have been translated into Korean, Romanian, Arabic, and Bulgarian. Her latest poetry book, Vagabond Dawns, is published in both a Korean bi-lingual edition and a Romanian bi-lingual edition. Carolyn’s book of philosophical aphorisms, Soul Seeds: Revelations and Drawings, will be published in a Korean bilingual edition in the fall of 2013. *

Over the past two decades, Carolyn has created an extensive and diverse body of paintings and drawings, ranging in style from romantic figurative to abstract. The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University exhibited a retrospective of Carolyn’s paintings and drawings in 2008 and published an exhibition catalog, Carolyn Mary Kleefeld: Visions from Big Sur, with art from the exhibit and a commentary by museum curator and director, Michael Zakian, PhD. Carolyn’s art appears on book covers and is featured internationally in galleries, museums, private collections, and multimedia presentations. * info@carolynmarykleefeld.com. www.carolynmarykleefeld.com

for Leonard Cohen

She was partly turned on
and partly turned off.
And in between
was her diamond buckle
sewed onto an old leather belt.

Yes, partly turned off
and partly turned on—
passionate in dream,
a discomfort with life.

Yes, on and off with
a diamond buckle
and the old leather belt,
demanding she live.

Then blossomed a springtime
when her rhythms swept her
beyond her belt—
and threw away the buckle.

She ran free as a child
dancing with the wind.
And the wild beasts
devoured her discomfort.

Life had digested her anew
And by some mysterious token,
lent beat to her once-withered heart.

She rode on the back
of a white egret’s tail.
And dropped her
fallen self to the sea . ..

Watching it dissolve into salt.

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld (C)

World Poetry Proudly Presents Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah from Ghana!

Ariadne’s note:

We are so proud to present nominee Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah who will receive the prestigious  World Poetry Youth Empowered Poet Award for Ghana at our third World Poetry Canada & International Festival April 4-30th, 2013.This year, the nominees are visonaries that are making  positive changes to create a better world, they are wonderful examples to us all.

The World Poetry Cafe Team of hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota along with assistant Ryan Handy and our amazing tech Medhi welcomed Michael as a featured guest by phone from Ghana.  For  long awaited photos of the the team , go to the end of this post. We have had great feedback and increased visitors already. To HEAR THE SHOW CLICK HERE!



Mr. Somuah is a winner of numerous awards and honours such as National Youth Achiever in Literary Arts, presented by the President of Ghana during the maiden event of the National Youth Achievers Award.

International Peace Award winner of the Kostis Palamas Poetry Prize, Greece
Honorary Diploma in Poetry- United Poets Laureate International.

He is also a  Guest editor of Poetry Space-UK, and widely published in books, Literary Journals, Anthologies and newspapers in the UK, Canada, India, Ghana, Kalahari review-Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Pakistan, Hungary, Greece, Cyprus, USA and other web hosting literary magazines .

His new book is coming out in July.


In my faithful cry
and eyes swollen
hope lost
wars to view
daydreaming and stare


I shivered in awe
the sight of blood
the marred voices of
I wish for old yesterday
hug and whisper into her ears
The Peace once had


When the noble Lord of the heavens unfold
and the breeze leaves everything serene
our children bid farewell to
sweet aid at
the beaches, and call Peace


Bags of grace, yield of harvest past
storeroom of gold, fragrance of joy eclipsed for
shades of arms… injustice
to cause distant cries
For Peace I say

Copyright ©2010

Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah (Ghana)


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Ryan and Isreal





World Poetry Proudly Presents Sultan Khilji from Pakistan!

Sultan Khilji Featured Poet








Ariadne’s notes: We are so pleased to welcome Sultan Khilji, a talented poet and artist from Lahore, Pakistan to our World Poetry Site!
He will be interviewed live  with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota and technician Medhi will welcome Sultan.on the World Poetry Cafe Radio Show on November 6 at www. coopradio.org at 9 pm PST. The radio station just informed me that ” the archives were down from november 3rd to november 7th at 12:25pm.” I will try to load it from the station.  Sorry for the delay. 

Sultan Khilji is an author and visual artist based in Pakistan. Just the spell of his name has a sense that’s royal, which entails history, shyness, maturity, and yet, is slumber-less. He demands immaculate perfection from himself. Sits and soaks himself with the world around him, and then takes his own time to spell it out in words, which craft poems.

He never claimed to be a poet, so when he pens he does it like he’s doing for the first time, as well as the last. Little afraid, a bit keen, overwhelmed and mesmerized with experience of his observation. He likes to listen to music, – any music. He likes to cook – any dish. He likes to paint – any form. Yet in all three there’s one thing in common – he’s creating poetry.

His book “Word and Vision” (ISBN 976-0-9706658-1-2) – A collection of his poetry, short stories, paintings and photographs, published by Syncronis Publishing, Portland Oregon USA early 2012. It was honored and featured on the shelves of the famous Shakespeare & Co., Paris, France, and went on to receive nomination for an award by the esteemed Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY) 2012.

He resides in Lahore with his spouse and two children and, is currently working on putting together his second book of poetry and original art, expected to be out by spring next year.

Written by: Wajid Ali Syed, an award-winning journalist and documentary producer who has worked for leading news organizations in Pakistan, the U.K. and the United States. He lives in Washington, D.C

The rest of his introduction is summed up quite well in one of his poems:


Who am I, but a question hidden in an answer.
Who am I, but a leaf that spring forgot to bear.
Who am I, but a mute echo lost in a scream.
Who am I, but black veiled in white.
Who am I, but a tear concealed in a calculated smile.

Who am I

I am the answer, if you are willing to ask.
I am spring, if you promise never to forget.
I am the voice, if you understand the silence.
I am all the colors, if you wish to see the rainbow.
I am true happiness, if you vow to never break a heart.

I am, if you are.

I am, you, and not you. 

(Sultan Khilji © 2012 “Word and Vision” Syncronis Publishing, Portland OR)

Featured artist and poet Sultan.