Ariadne’s Notes: Happy International Women’s Day! A special celebration with Alara Bretanne and e-poets: Vani Pradeep, India, Ceri Naz, Philippines and Alaha Ahrar, Afghanistan , US.
Also included were Alfonso Pretel , Spain and Michael Collins, Australia. Super tech Victor Swartzman sang Happy Birthday to the women of the world. Missing was Craig Earqhart who was not able to join us since he was in the hospital but we played his UCLA heart transplant song . Music by John Lennon , Susan Cogan and Craig Earqhart. Thanks to Osiris Munir.
Sharon Rowe’s story, the Great Switch a Roo was dedicated to her friend Stuart who passed away recently.
For years we have had a special event for International Women’s Day but were not able to this year. However this radio show made up for it. Thank you all!
At 15, Alara was introduced to poetry by an extraordinary English Lit. teacher from Trinidad. Through his encouragement, one of her poems was published in the local newspaper. While attaining her B.A., majoring in English Lit., at Western University in London, Ontario, she was strongly influenced by the poets of the “Romantic Era” such as Blake, Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats. The mystical and metaphysical orientation of their writing gave Alara an expanded world vision
Alara was involved with World Poetry, The Millenium Writers Group, and was featured as a guest poet on World Poetry’s radio station in Vancouver, BC. In 2011, upon moving to Vancouver Island, BC, she joined the Cowichan Writers Group and began writing short stories. Poetry and short stories were published in the Anthologies “One Brick Shorts” in 2013 and “Love Notes” in 2016.
She describes the background of the poem:
“The poem I selected to send was a “Goddess” poem to have a feminine style of prayer since much of our current religion is more masculine based, although I can see that changing.
Recently, in an on-line women’s group, a member had expressed her interest in my poem as she was having some difficulty in turning to a male God. I typed it on the Facebook page and it was quite well received. I’ve been involved in enough groups and can honestly say that these women want to get back to a more positive and sovereign form of empowered femininity that includes their sexual healing but not as ball busting feminists, although I think these brave women were very necessary in the early days of creating a path for women’s rights.”
(The Goddess Prayer)
My womb is bathed in golden light
Tiny stars swirling inside
Twinkling, laughing in the void
Peace, tranquility flowing through my body
Like mother’s milk
Ecstasy engorging my breasts
For release, for touch
For light, for love
Body arched to give and to receive
The miracles of spirit
Born into flesh
My woman’s spirit in many guises
Seeker of Truth
Breast of Hope
Body of Life Eternal
September 24, 1993, The Center, Kamloops. All rights reserved by the author.
On February 1 , at 1:10 pm PST, the World Poetry Café Radio Show, CFRO 100.5 FM celebrated the new book of New Westminster Poet Laureate Emerita and talented poetess Candice James who shared a number of beautiful poems on water from her new book, The Water Poems. Also on the show was the internationally famous lipstick artist, Natalie Irish and a special peace poem by the renowned Nova Kerkeb. Music by Stan Rogers and Andrew Lion.
World Poetry Team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA, CC, Host and producer, Victor Swartzman , sound engineer and special volunteer Sharon Rowe.
Review by Trevor Carolan, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, English Dept., UFV for Candice James:
“One of BC’s indefatigable poets and literary spark-plugs, Candice James is prolific, exuberant, and writes grownup poetry that’s seen its share of dust and joy out on the road. A poet with the long view her work is nature observant, freighted with tenderness and shaped by traditional form as well as metrical invention. There’s no artifice here: what you see is what you get—James is a poet of direct experience and recollected emotion. Old love, the blessedness of rain, things broken too long to be fixed, or the blue stillness of eternity—all are netted by her unquenchable zeal for poetry. From her opening epigraph from Lao Tzu through images of a Captain Morgan kind of night that only long years in Canada can truly understand, the music of what happens is present here in every bittersweet refrain.”
Candice James, Poet Laureate Emerita New Westminster BC, is a writer, visual artist; musician; singer/songwriter; and workshop facilitator and reviewer. She is Past President of BC Federation of Writers, Past President of Royal City Literary Arts Society; Victoria; BC. Her artwork has appeared in Duende Magazine, University of Vermont: CQ Magazine; Wax, Poetry, Art Magazine, Canada, and her painting “Unmasked” appears on the front cover of issue one of SurVision Magazine, Ireland. Her awards include the Bernie Legge Artist Cultural Award and Pandora’s Collective Citizenship Award. She resides in New Westminster BC and is the author of 13 poetry books. For further information www.candicejames.com The new book is the Water Poems , a special themed book on water.
*From 2017, still reading over 700 Peace Poems on the radio show!
Ariadne’s Notes: January 18, 1:30 pm, CFRO, 100.5 FM, PST. Also, a wonderful interview with Janet Russ from Arizona on her life and the impactful films that they are working on. Our World Poetry Café Team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA, producer and host, Dr. Diego Bastianutti, guest host and Sharon Rowe, special volunteer. Music by Opoku Mensah and a song by Luciano Pavarotti. English and Italian. Included was a fascinating e-peace poem by the well known poetess Huguette Bertrand, entitled GOLDEN PEACE and read by Victor Swartzman.
Janet Russ is working on getting production companies to make the following exciting films. If you are interested in being part of these great films, contact Osiris Munir at: firstname.lastname@example.org 15 minutes Media.
*** THE BLACK SWALLOW is Eugene Jacques Bullard, one of the greatest American flying aces of WWI, who never flew for the USA. All of his medals and military awards are from France. As a black youth in GA (circa 1900), his childhood dream was to live in France, because he’d been told no matter the color of your skin, All blood runs red. Running away from home at 7, he was a carnival worker, a stowaway on a ship to Europe, a prize fighter in London, and a song & dance man, A French WWI Flying Ace with more kills than the Red Baron (US ARMY rejected him because he was black), a nightclub owner, a spy for the Underground during WWII, returning to menial jobs in NY after the war. Years ago David Gerber tried to get this film made but the climate wasn’t right. I have all of the research and am seeking an Experienced producer/production company who can handle a film that spans 60 years and covers 3 continents.
***IN SELF DEFENSE – In 1956 the song “Long Tall Sally” was a hit for Pat Boone; NO, you say, Little Richard! Welcome to the music industry’s dirty little secret of Crossover Music. WHITE musicians performed for white audiences; BLACK artists ditto for black audiences. That’s the way it was until DJ Alan Freed starting having ALL teenagers at his dance parties and being arrested for doing it. In our script, our teen idol Frankie Avalon clone risks his career to integrate the world of Rock & Roll. I have the script, budget & research materials. Excellent chance to return to Philadelphia where it all began, re-record some of the songs for a hit soundtrack and retrace a piece of music history. Would like to team up with producer/production company with a knack for the 50’s and the means to make it happen. Want someone like the “La La Land” or “Pitch Perfect” team to help me recreate this period of music history.
*** JUST TWO OF A KIND – Its’ an Old Fashion John Wayne style buddy western. Bob Shelton was the founder of Old Tucson Studios and produced some of the most beloved Western films in his 40 years of operation, McClintock, Outlaw & Josie Wales, Young Guns I & II, and many more. On his 95th birthday he made us promised to get this film done. As he said, “If the Duke, Mitchum and Martin were alive, we’d be filming it”. As a legacy to the Old Time Cowboy movies, we (Carolyn Shelton, wife; Candi Shelton, daughter; Wendy Wolverton, producer and myself, producer), formed JTOAK,LLC, teamed up with Caravan West studio and are determined to make this film. What I need to get it into completion is additional funding of $1.3 million dollars.
Janet says: “In the current Industry climate there is a drive to get women up the ladder in Hollywood. I look forward to some of these folks reaching out to us to get these films made. THANK YOU”.
Earlier Biography Of Janet Russ:
Shebegan her financial career at the age of 14 by doing tax returns. She added the Entertainment aspect when, at the University of Az, she developed, wrote and co-hosted a Consumer Help TV show for Educational Television. Summer vacations were spent doing melodrams where she worked all aspect of theater and film from – writing, tech, wardrobe, PR and choreography. Janet also composed and performed musical scores, and produced Children’s Theater.
A chance meeting during a L.A. traffic jam, led to a show biz assignment. She joined Gymjazz Corporation as a financial troubleshooter for their video series. Never one to be idle she created an Entertainment tax class and taught it to various groups in Southern California.
Janet is active in numerous industry related organization, one being The Corporation for the Disabled in Telecommunication, where she served as a co-producer on the Emmy winning documentary “Breaking Ground” and produced the film festival “Superfest”.
She executive produced the western “Decoy” for an AZ film group. Janet developed the film arm of Perimeter Bicycling Association, and was executive producer of their documentary, “El Tour de Tucson”. These efforts garnered her two Telly awards for production excellence. She is the CFO of the Los Angeles Childrens Theatre and in this capacity has worked on several film projects for Gerald Gordon Enterprises.
After developing and instituting accounting procedures for numerous companies and individuals, Janet began her management company, HR, LTD. She continues to run the gamut of work from in-house money management, on location assignments, to troubleshooting tax & financial problems for productions.