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World Poetry Proudly Presents Brandee Bublé From Canada!


Ariadne’s Notes:  The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota were honoured to welcome the children’s author and educator Brandee Bublé to the studio. A fascinating show about the need for family and community support and love for special needs children and others who need to focus on their strengths and cope with challenges. Brandee spoke about her brother Michael Bublé and how much his support and caring meant to her in her life. She also answered a question from a big brother in Nigeria who wanted to know how to help his little brother. Also  on the show, a poem Dreamers  by Francisco X Alarcon read in English and Spanish from the new book dedicated to the World Poetry Poetathon, The  Intercontinental Anthology of Poetry on Unisersal Peace created by Managing Editor Mutiu Olawuyi  and music by Susan Lucas and Duane Prosk.  To hear this fascinating show, CLICK HERE!

World Poetry would like to thank the wonderful  publist Sarah Miniaci from / SMITH Publicity, Inc. for her help and the following source material.







World Poetry is so pleased   to promote the release of Brandee Bublé’s debut children’s book — O’Shae The Octopus — which features a foreword from her superstar brother Michael and will be hitting bookstores across Canada on June 1st via critically acclaimed B.C. based children’s book publisher, Simply Read Books.

“Born and raised by “the most supportive, loving parents ever” alongside her big brother Michael and little sister Crystal in Burnaby, B.C., Brandee has always been passionate  about two things above all else: the ocean and family.


Having spent countless childhood summers aboard her father’s boat, Brandee’s imagination would run wild about the creatures of the Pacific. In spring 2014, her passions culminate with the release of O’Shae The Octopus – her debut children’s book that puts the spotlight on the enduring lessons and power of inclusivity, acceptance and love in a vibrant underwater setting.

Brandee Bublé grew up in Burnaby, BC, with her big brother Michael and little sister Crystal. The daughter of a fisherman, as a child Brandee spent many summers aboard her father’s boat, where she had plenty of time to let her imagination run wild about all the creatures that surrounded her. Brandee taught children with special needs for eight great years, where she discovered that she loved writing fun stories to keep her students engaged, often communicating with them through rhyme. Married to her high school sweetheart, Brandee is a stay-at-home mom to her two awesome kids, O’Shae and Jayde. She is crazy about her family, absolutely loves the ocean, and can be found most sunny days on her boat with her family and friends. O’Shae The Octopus is the first book in her One Of A Kind Books series.

A former special needs educator (who taught herself how to read and write braille!), today Brandee is a proud Vancouverite, stay-at-home mom of two and happy wife of her high school sweetheart. While her life has largely been charmed, it’s not been without struggles: diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, last year she saw her 9-year-old daughter diagnosed with the same. Her resolve to help others “stand tall and never be ashamed of the things that make them different” – and joy for storytelling as a way to communicate with kids – has only grown stronger.

“Whether it’s special needs or a learning disability, the color of our hair or the way we talk, we are all self-conscious about something and there will always be bullies,” says Brandee. “But that doesn’t mean you don’t belong. I wrote O’Shae The Octopus as a reminder to believe in yourself, embrace your differences, see how they can make you shine, and as proof to my children and myself that a ‘label’ shouldn’t stop you from reaching for the stars!”

Vivacious, thoughtful and infectiously warm-hearted, Brandee has select availability for feature interviews around the June 2014 release of O’Shae The Octopus to talk about:

What she’s learned from her big brother – pop music superstar Michael Bublé (who wrote the introduction to O’Shae!) – about ignoring the “haters,” doing your own thing, and taking pride in whatever it is you’re passionate about

The incredible lessons she’s learned from working with special needs students and being a stay-at-home mom: why empowering children to embrace their differences can produce extraordinary results

Her experience as a young woman diagnosed with – and now a parent dealing with – dyslexia, and how to not let whatever it is you’re insecure about define you or your dreams

Finding the silver lining: how our differences are gifts in disguise

Using her platform as a children’s book author to help parents and educators better understand the impact of bullying, and to foster strong support systems

O’Shae The Octopus is available for pre-order via Amazon, and will hit bookstore shelves around the world in June 2014.

Find Brandee on TwitterInstagram and at www.BrandeeBuble.com

A Tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou by Award Winning African Poets!

Ariadne’s Notes:

001Three  African World Poetry Canada International award winners pay tribute to Maya Angelou; poet, justice crusader, writer and women’s rights advocate. She  was and still is a wonderful, shinning light for the world and lives in out hearts and in her numerous books. She will be sorely missed.

World Poetry Celebrated Asian Heritage Month on May 28th in New Westminster, BC  Canada and had a moment of silence for Maya Angelou and read an excerpt from the poem by Mutiu Olawuyi  which was well received and gave me the idea to present these three award winners who hopefully will be coming to our Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival in October, 2014.

Featured Poet.


(Dedicated to Maya Angelou)

A bright
Light, this day, has found a sip of sleep
And still the
Caged birds sing their songs…

Yes, the birds sing!
They sing but not the songs of joy–
Their ‘toothless”
Beaks, now, weave the rhythms of endless sorrows…

They mourn
For a new dawn is still and hangs in the skies–
The sun is perplexed
And awaits to find reasons to tell the new day;

Maya Angelou!

A fierce
And tremendous cradle of pride
Firmly woven
Into the depth of the holding anchors of the earth…

A strong
Embrace that filled the void and calmed
The turbulence
Of mortal roars that once encroached the earth…

A metaphor
Of racial equity and a bright light
That glowed
In the opaque foggy frost mist…

She is
This juncture, mute and still
And the earth
At last, lament,”…O’ death why art thou stolen our treasure?”

O’ truly, a bright
Light’s day, this day, is done
And the lips
Of the earth have turned her praise singers

The ideal
Of a woman with the heart that dares
Where eves
Dared not to dare…

Maya Angelou!

The hailed trailblazer and the speechless
At childhood whose voice
Re-emerged to inspire the fading bones

Walk, we creed for thy feet
In thy
New path on the sacred voyage of no return!

Oswald George Okaitei
All Rights Reserved. © 2014










I am One of The Caged Birds
(To Maya Angelou)
By Mutiu Olawuyi

My shank pip out to spot my fellow wings,
though of different colors and shapes,
from the fluid cage since the shadowy point.
I sulk to flee the cold from the callous snowy soil,
though the coop metal gate was bolted,
with my bald and skinless neck.
And those like me in blood and eye-sights
crouch with outward smiley face –
built with rotten rice and cassava and maize.
Dogs eating dogs and things fall apart – 
Our cooked foods are enjoyed by our visitors
and we – turned their watchmen.
And our crops turn their plants for us to buy.
They’ve swapped our bearers’ tongues with theirs.
And they on our wings now survive.
Our saliva is dry – we can no longer sing – 
We wheeze and sneeze to feel an atom breeze.

Surely you may know – why the caged bird sings; 
how the flutes of others fine-tune his throat – 
hidden to the free bird flowing in the cloudless sky .
I am one of the caged birds – troubling my gangan,
bata and kora, yes, for freedom of my vein’s wits,
and of her sights and her legs. The caged bird
no longer sings but wheezes, sneezes and drums not.
He shivers but never allowed to dance.
Mutiu Olawuyi  (C)











The piper piped the pipe
The drummy has twirled the type
The town crier sound the gong

Is this a call for feast or shivah?
So: I heard the song
Far the sky abroad

From the tip tweak peak
Of a little bird
Oh! They say bird sings

What do they say?
To what has this song brought?
I asked in amazement.

Oh! Yesss they truely sing
I saw wave as the feather pinch
It was the free bird sings
Rent her feather in sick

It is a song of mourning
It is a shivah not a feast
The wind blow to and fro
Sip the light and carry the dirge.

And I ask oh! Free bird
Why doth thou rent your feather?

Oh! Little bird
Why doth sing this dirge?

And the free bird said
O’ you unfortunate traveler
Caged in the cage of tumultuous

Behold! Tonight the great bird
Has soared beyond the sky

The bright light has gone faded
O’ that bird stalks down the narrow cage
 Whose tune is heard on the distant hill

 Whose voice beyond mine stands still

Often sings for freedom
 Lay down this night and sip the milk of death

 Oh, she is gone to rest in the kingdom
Where life is free and free from cage net.

Tonight! When the moon decend on us
When the wind whisper to our souls
Then shall we all sing dirge
As tribute to the great bird

Oh! Maya Angelou
The voice of freedom and peace
May you leave to rest in peace
The great bird is gone

The little bird mourns
Oh! Unfortunate traveler wings
I wish I could be the caged bird
To name the sky PEACE.

(C) Copyright
@ Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon
2014 Torm Gardson

World Poetry Proudly Presents Mutiu Olawuyi from The Gambia!

Ariadne’s Notes:

CLICK HERE  for the show! The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota proudly welcomed the award winning poet and author Mutiu Olawuyi  for an exciting show of poetry, news on the World Poetry Peace Poetathon as it had a wonderful venue in Gambia promoting peace for the world. Thanks to Mutiu and all the participants for making the program such a success!

As Israel said, Mutui is a world treasure. Also, featured was the incomparable Corazon Wong Canda, author of  her lovely e-poem Peace is.

Music by our friends, Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze , Amankke Dionti.  Background music by Yo -Yo Mah on the cello playing Bach’s unaccompanied Cello Suites.


Mutiu Olawuyi, Head of Department of English – West African International School Gambia, is a Gambian-based Nigerian poet, critic and literary activist. He is an international award-winning poet – 2012 International Who’s Who in Poetry Awardee, USA; 2013 World Poetry Empowered Poet Awardee,Canada, Honorary Professor – International Art Academy, Volos, Greece, and 2014 Marqui’s Who’s Who in the World Listee, USA. He has authored four books of poetry (i.e. American Literary Legends and Other Poems [2010], Thoughts from the Jungle [2012], 9/11 Poetry [2012], and The Journey to the Archangels [2013]) and has edited numerous international anthologies, journals and magazines. He invented a new form of poetry in 2012 called 9eleven – a poem of 9 lines written with 11 syllables. Mutiu also has some of his poems, short stories and research papers published  in online and offline journals and magazines in India, Ireland, England, Canada, Greece, Nigeria and USA. Some of Mutiu’s works have been translated to Yoruba, Arabic, French, Esperantos, Malayalam, Telugu and Hungarian. Go to http://versesofthejunglepoet.blogspot.com for more information about him.

A short lyrical poem:


Under the tree, Iroko……

There we display our games. We are happy; We are healthy…

Under the tree, Iroko….



I’ve toured the orb; Glanced through the top;
Throated the mixed drop
Smelt downs and ups –

I’ve turned the wit;
Crossed the coarse bridge
With no food lived
Trees fanned no breeze…

I toiled for days
To get my hay
Low gains high pains
Dry warred my rains…

All these for peace
All these for ease
All these for kiss
Though these I miss…

The earth we breeze
Has wished for this…

Mutiu Olawuyi ©



World Poetry Certificates at the World Poetry Poetathon in The Gambia. Photo courtesy of Mutiu Olawuyi