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World Poetry Celebrates Kiyano John Nguyen!

 The World Poetry Café Radio Show on September 15, 1-2 pm CFRO 100.5 FM, with host and producer, Ariadne Sawyer, host Neall Ryon, engineer Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed the talented youth poet Kiyano John Nguyen and his  wonderful mother Wanda John-Kehewin.  It was a fascinating show with a welcome poem by World Poetry Life Time Achievement Award Winner Vera Manuel, read by Ariadne Sawyer and music by Don Amero. Kiyano’s poetry was profound and well read. World Poetry is so proud of the youth of the world!








Kiyano is a high school student who writes to express himself. He has been published in Quills poetry as well as Ricepaper Magazine under the name Kiyano John -Kehewin. He is of Cree and Vietnamese decent. He loves using his creative side through painting, drawing, and writing. His writing, he says comes from a place where he can see both the light and dark of the state of the wor


World Poetry Welcomes Dr. Diego Bastinutti With A Special Book Launch!


Ariadne’s Notes:  Please come to an  amazing book launch  by  Dr. Diego Bastianutti tomorrow, May 15th! You won’t regret it!

Listen to Diego , 9:45 pm, May 12th show. CLICK HERE!

Special Book Launch for The Bloody Thorn!
Friday, May 15, 7:00 pm “Il Museo” at Il Centro – Italian Cultural Centre 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver Book launch event: Diego Bastianutti’s “The Bloody Thorn” Poet and author Diego Bastianutti will be launching his fourth collection of poems, The Bloody Thorn (2014), featuring intensely beautiful poems of social criticism, love for the feminine mystery and grief-born catharsis.

Diego Bastianutti was born in Italy, completed his studies at the University of Toronto, and was a professor at Queen’s University (1970-96). Since his retirement he counts among his publications, A Major Selection of the Poetry of Giuseppe Ungaretti, in 1997, winner of the “1998 John Glassco Prize”; his third poetry collection, For a Fistful of Soil /Per un pugno di terra, was awarded the 2008 International Literary Prize Scritture di frontiera. His prize-winning poems and short stories have been featured in various literary journals and anthologies in the Americas and in Europe. Currently he is a Canadian correspondent for an Italian cultural magazine in San José, Costa Rica. He resides in Burnaby, BC with his wife. He is the happy father of two daughters and four grandchildren plus two. He delights in travelling with his wife. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. Refreshments will follow. The event is organized in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy.


World Poetry Proudly Presents Leigh Nelson (mrlei) from the USA!

Ariadne’s Notes: An exciting evening with a surprize host! Unfortunately we had phone connection trouble with Mrlei and were not able to hear him at times. Neall wrote a birthday poem in his honour and Anita called out ” Happy Birthday” in Tagalog. Music by Andy Vine.  Our second feature was Dr. Diego Bastianutti who shared his upcoming book launch with us. World Poetry Café Radio Show: mrlei: 9:10 9:20 pm CLICK HERE!


Leigh Nelson the writer of Gandhi’s Lament has been writing and performing poetry and music since the age of 14. Hailing from South County in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, he is known simply as mrlei (as in mister lee), a name bestowed upon him in the early 80’s by students of his. mrlei has still yet to publish any of his works, but plans on using the slowdown of winter months to complete the process and get it to press. At the same time, he is attempting to complete two plays, one called “Einstein’s Violin” and a one-man show of Walt Whitman. He hopes that his poetry “will inspire people to awaken to their true selves and discover the voice that dwells within all being.”

“My mother was an English teacher (and model/actress) in the late 50’s thru to the early 70’s, so of course it was read read read (albeit TV was also very much our babysitter at times — but never before homework!) By the fourth grade I was reading on a junior-to-high school level and also accompanied my mother to rehearsals for plays she was in and became the one child of three boys who became engrossed with the artistic “process” (really don’t like that word). I dabbled in the theatre/tv/radio/film industry for a time and lost interest for a variety of reasons. But that experience helped me to become a powerful speaker and presenter of ideas (my own and others) and I have continued working in the artistic milieus.”

18jul08 kwatz!

one eternity (18) the seventh month is july (3+4) fool magician writes (08

he sat on a stool and spoke evocatively of love truth beauty freedom

the absolute of all

as if he’d just come from the riverbank with jesus or buddha or don juan matus
and the glow of understanding was the law of the universe

knowing he was the law of the universe and that the wheel of time is only an illusion for those trapped in the fixation of planning wisely for the future

and he gently reminded them that it was only here now that mattered  for the moment

that was all it was — a moment and then another to another and another

each of us coming to meet up with another
and express the joy of living and
knowing the other no before and no after

endless universes… all carrying the law

written in invisible ink on a star-coated sky

he ended his poem with a goodbye of sorts

slipped them back into his canvas bag
amidst a polite slapping of palms
but also always knowing that someone had heard…
some had actually listened and taken the words to heart

and then he slipped out into the night disappeared
like a coy dog dark at the edge of the woods
or a carny packin the last railcar a wandering minstrel suddenly out of breath

a thief of restless and misguided dreams dipping silently out the back door

back to the path and all the others
who do not yet know they are still, always, now, and forever indeed


mrlei richmond, ma (C)