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World Poetry Celebrates Candice James Poet Laureate From Canada!

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Ariadne’s notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon welcomed the amazing poet Candice James, Poet Laureate of New Westminster to the show on CFRO 100.5 FM , on Tuesday September 29, 9-10 pm. Also presented were  gifts of appreciation to Sarah Jo, to thank her for her great help as an operator and mentor to the show. Also, featured was  a Peace Song from Mali for the 24 Hour Peaceathon. CLICK HERE for the show.


Featured Poet

Candice James is New Westminster’s Poet Laureate, serving her second 3 year term of office. Her first publication, “A Split in the Water” (Fiddlehead: 1979) was the start of nine collections of poetry and the most recent is“Merging Dimensions” (Ekstasis Editions 2015). She is Founder, Director and Past President of Royal City Literary Arts Society; Past President of the Federation of BC Writers; Founder of Poetry In the Park, and co-founder of Poetic Justice. Candice enjoys life as a visual artist as well as a singer/songwriter/musician. Further detailed info can be found under Candice James at Wikipedia.org: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candice_James

The Afterglow

Words come together

In unisons and forms.

Some create tsunamis,

Others summers storms.

Words can hold a world of wisdom

In a tender tear;

Or wipe away deep seated scars

The wounds of yesteryear.



Poetry is a horse

Of another colour;

A mare that’s thrown its shoe;

A dog that’s slipped its collar;

An independent wildcat

Born of another ilk

Purring satin stanzas,

Weaving them with silk.


When words are linked in meter

Or wrapped inside a form

They weave a magic world

Of heartbeat and mind-storm.

The universe and cosmos

Fill our imagination

And poetry’s the afterglow

Of souls’ inspiration.

The sweet,

The bittersweet

and poetry…


Create the afterglow.

© 2015 Candice James, Poet Laureate,

New Westminster, BC CANADA