Ariadne’s Notes: An very special show with the lovely Viva Vinson on the World Poetry Café, CFRO 100.5 at 1:30 pm PST on May 16th . It was such a pleasure to learn about the wonderful work she has been doing with the creative arts for at risk youth and those who do not have the support to impower their creativity, Also, she sang for us on the radio show which delighted the radio listeners. She is a real heroine in her work and her world wide performances. Viva was sent to us by the great Osiris Muir of 15 minutes.
Viva started her career performing with Le Miz, an all-female, Broadway musical revue, under the direction of Sandra Rohr. In her late teens, Viva put her musical interests aside to pursue an acting career in film and television, appearing in such productions as “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, “A Different World”, “Cop Rock” and the cult-classic “Roadside Prophets”, to name a few . Viva pursues both a career in music and acting, while trying to inspire young artists through performing arts education programs, and advocating for free arts education for impoverished and At-Risk youth.Viva’s greatest delight and solace comes from listening to classic soul, Jazz, R&B and Blues. “One of my deepest passions is listening to fantastic live music. Being able to sing and perform is just an extension of the energy and bliss I receive from listening. Viva made her way to Asia in September 2003 where she performed at The Island Shangri-La Hong Kong, Hong Kong’s 97 Group, such venues as Post 97, Club 97 and Kee Club, The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Park 97 Shanghai, Coco Blues Thailand, Sheraton Bangkok, Plaza Anthanee Le Meriden Bangkok, Harry’s Jazz Club Singapore, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Hilton Wangfujing Beijing, The Metropole Sofitel, Hanoi Vietnam, The Shangri-La Singapore, and many others…Viva has also performed at various corporate functions. Her corporate clients include Omega, The Forum, Swarovski, Park ‘n Shop, Watson’s Water and many others.Viva has also appeared at many clubs, restaurants and hotels in her native town Los Angeles, California, such as; Café Cordial, Barone’s, Giovanni’s, Vitello’s, Club Aura, The Langham Hotel Pasadena, The Spot, and many others.
Ariadne’s Notes: Exciting new show World Poetry Café radio show, July 12, 1-2 pm PST with a fascinating double billing of Melanie Simms an award winning poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at 1:10 pm PST, and featured at 1:30 pm PST the talented poet Ahmad Al-Khatat who was born in Baghdad. It is wonderful to have such youth poets, the guiding lights of the future. Canada is proud of them.
Team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA and Dr. Diego Bastinutti, hosting. Victor Swartzman sound engineer, Sharon Rowe, special volunteer. The show included a beautiful e-poem dedicated with permission to Osiris Munir from a powerful e-poet from Kenya, Alexander Nderitu. He is a Kenyan novelist and poet. In 2014, BBC Scotland picked his poem ‘Someone in Africa Loves You’ to represent Kenyan literature at the Commonwealth Games. His official website is www.AlexanderNderitu.com Also included were segments by Jeanne Probst , Sharon Rowe and Victor Schwartzman with his new satirical book.
What an honour to have such wonderful guests on the show
Featured poet Ahmad Al-Khatat was born in Baghdad. From Iraq, he came to Canada at the age of10, the same age when he wrote his very first poem back in the year 2000. He also has been published in several press publications and anthologies all over the world and currently studies Political Sciences, at the Concordia University in Montreal. He has recently published his first chapbook “The Bleeding Heart Poet” with Alien Buddha Press. He has recently published his first chapbook “The Bleeding Heart Poet” with Alien Buddha Press. It is available for sale on Amazon. Most of his new and old poems are also available on his official page Bleeding Heart Poet on FB.
Here is his first written poem in Arabic:
سلامي سلامي إليك يا وطني سلامي من الأهل وإلى الأهل سلامي بروحي فديت ديني و سلامي و دعوت إلى الحب و السلام و ما كانت صلاتي الا لربي وسلامي تحياتي إلى وطني شهيد وسلامي و سيبقى الوطن مرفوع و سلامي و سأعود إليه بلهفة و سلام و أزور قبرك المُرفرفة عليه حمامات السلام سلامي سلامي الى وطني .مذبوح السلام
Send My Salutations
My salutations to you, my country;
I’m sending my salutes.
From my family and to my family
I send my special salutations.
ّI sacrifice my soul for my religion,
and I send my greetings.
I used to pray for love and peace.
My prayers are to none but my God,
and I send my salutations.
My greetings to my homeland,
the martyr, and I send my salutations.
My country’s status will stay elevated,
and to it I send my salutes.
To my homeland I will return eagerly and in peace.
I will visit its grave;
Fluttering over it will be the pigeons of peace.
To my country, whose peace’s been slaughtered,
I send my salutations.
*Ahmad Al-Khatat (C) All rights reserved by the author.*
Exciting new show World Poetry Café radio show, July 12, 1-2 pm PST with a fascinating double billing of Melanie Simms an award winning poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a former Perry County Poet Laureate of PA on the show also featured was the talented poet Ahmad Al-Khatat who was born in Baghdad. Team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA and Dr. Diego Bastinutti, hosting. Victor Swartzman sound engineer, Sharon Rowe, special volunteer. The show included a beautiful e-poem dedicated with permission to Osiris Munir from a powerful e-poet from Kenya, Alexander Nderitu. He is a Kenyan novelist and poet. In 2014, BBC Scotland picked his poem ‘Someone in Africa Loves You’ to represent Kenyan literature at the Commonwealth Games. . His official website is www.AlexanderNderitu.com It was such an honor to talk to Melanie again and to meet Ahmad Al-Katat and listen to his poetry in Arabic and English.
Melanie Simms is an award winning poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a former Perry County Poet Laureate of PA .She is the author of two books of poetry, Waking the Muse (Outskirts Press), Remember the Sun (Sunbury Press)
Her new book Life Signs and Fortune Cookies will be released shortly from Sunbury Press as well. To pre-order: contact her publisher at lknorr@sunburypress,com (Sunbury Press)
She has two new books upcoming, Journeys through the Aesculapia, (a book of poetry about medicine and the experience of healing) and her first science fiction book, Alien Prophecy is currently underway. You can visit Melanie’s website at poetmelaniesimms.wordpress.com
(for Dr. Wazir, Geisinger Oral Surgery)
I opened my neck
Bared the wounds of my life,
As your scissors
Cut me free.
It was a necessary surgery,
Yet as you snipped,
Stitch by stitch
Switchblades and murders,
Mafia and threats from beasts of the night
Hovering at my bedside
To devour me.
I even feared
You might be one of those rogue doctors
Killing patients on rounds.
A bible lay at the bottom of my bed
Trying to remind me of a long, lost god,
But through your kindness, I found salvation.
You rescued me
Healed me with your modern amulets and medical wisdoms,
Sent the demons back to Hades,
And brought me to the light
Like a priest on Sunday morning,
Inviting me to drink
From the wine of life
Melanie Simms (C) All rights reserved by the author.