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World Poetry Proudly Presents Leigh Nelson or mrlei From the USA!

995634_10152305678044928_1502920741_nAriadne’s notes: The World Poetry  Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota  proudly welcomed the interesting poet Leigh Nelson to the show with a special dedication to Pete Seeger, folk music great and activist who recently left us. We also had the debut of Victor Schwartzman who did a  great five minute review of the work of a poet in California. Music by Rene Hugo Sanchez and Pete Seeger. To listen to this special show: CLICK HERE!

“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.”

 He writes: 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.” 

I’m sitting here
listening to Nii’ Nee’
sing with his ancestors
and the strong of heart
and the horizon
is just setting
into a faint mauve
dotted by crows
and icicles in the eaves

I reach for the stars
as if they are the only
light in sight this night

this night
is where
the vow lives
the stand is taken
with every breath
and furrow of brow

I will not pretend
coming through the forest
to this opening
where dirt means mind
and bear pads softly

and to know you have
come through the forest


and the ease of our minds
is but a tear from our eyes
serving to remind

cante tenza

great thanks now
for the passing of the pipe
and the sharing of dreams
of the grandmother
and her song for the men
great thanks that paths
cross at the streams
and up a hill


up ahead

the way to go

this night
through the frost

Leigh Nelson (C)

–listening to “Singing with the Ancestors” by Nii’ Nee’.   this is my Cante Tenza Olowan (“Song for the Strong Heart”  -Lakota) “At The Wood’s Edge” (Iroquois) is referenced, as well as Frost, in the last line (a play on forest and the winter – a poet nod, if you will.)

 mrlei (pronounced mr. lee) has written a ridiculously large amount of bad poetry.  Every once in a awhile, something sticks, regardless.  He hosts live nights of music, poetry, video, live art, dance, and comedy called TaoNation or Vagabond Age, in the “moment”, with little or no rehearsal.  He is a taurus cancer twin.  He is shy usually, but known to take a selfie or two.  He lives on the side of a mountain in North Adams, MA, with his blind, all white  Jack Russell terrier, Talon Jack.  He drinks, he smokes, and tells dirty jokes, but can play pool better drunk than you.  That is not a challenge.  He would like to thank Daniel Ellsburg for the release of his tapes. He likes to play piano and trumpet but has no idea what they really do.  He is a Jew, too.   Shoganai!  Kwatz!

World Poetry Proudly Presents Christopher M. Schultz from the USA!









Ariadne’s note: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer , Israel Mota and tech Medhi welcomed the soon to be published author and Poet Christopher M. Schultz.

The show was dedicated to Lini Grol, a long time supporter of World Poetry and an e-mail contributor as well as a feature in a celebration of her 100th birthday. Opening music for the poet was from the ancient tribes of Rajasthan, a gift sent from India by the well known poet Mamta Agarwal .Music from Rene Hugo Sanchez , Pancho and Sal were also played. Click here to hear the show.

Christopher M. Schultz is the author of the new book Poetic Perceptions.

This work comes from the unconventional mind of Mr. Schultz, and takes the reader on a journey through the eternal and mystifying. The freeform poetry in this book will bring the reader to an alternate perspective of the plight of humanity, and carry them along on a voyage of the heart, mind and soul.  The author shines a new light on the perplexities that man has been struggling to fathom since the beginning. This work will be made available via major online vendors in January of 2014. Enjoy the journey. He has just signed with Tate Publishing!

A Special Acknowledgment

You stepped into my life rummaging through my sorrow, you finally decided to propose a solution to my emptiness.

 I’ve never felt embraced as such.

I call to you every now and again for a support of allurement, you never seem to struggle with these requests, I have never perceived such a sight as you.

Standing tall has always evaded me like a cold rain scorching the ground below.

Whenever my heart becomes shredded with indecision you offer me guidance and enlightenment, for this I will be unceasingly in your albatross.

Purposely Striking the Evil

Fragments of fire fall upon my stance as my eyes are scorching with surprise; all that has ever mattered to humanity has been flushed ever so quickly.

 Christopher M. Schultz (C)

World Poetry Cafe Proudly Presents Godwin Barton, First Nations.

Ariadne’s note: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota  were proud to welcome Godwin Barton to the show on CFRO, 100.5 FM, December 3rd. Also featured was E-Poet Lini Grol and music by Mary Youngblood, Rene Hugo Sanchez and Volker and Ablaye. To hear the show: CLICK HERE!

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Godwin H. Barton, First Nations, is originally from Kincolith, a community in Northwestern British Columbia, Canada. He lives in Vancouver and works in the area of education. A writer of poetry and prose, Godwin has published an inspirational story in the much acclaimed “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series. His story “Touched by a Higher Power” was included in the edition “Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul,” and, as a result of this publication, he was also featured in “Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul: Daily Inspirations.” His poem, “An Eagle Powerfully in Flight” was published in the anthology “Island Skies,” Canada. Poems, such as “Today I Caught Diamonds” and “Inside of Me” are inspirational lines that for Godwin balance the craft of writing with the inner emotions and feelings. Godwin has also had the honor of delivering the opening blessing by way of poetry at “World Poetry Gala Events” hosted by the Vancouver Public Library. Godwin, in his love for poetry and the messages which he shares, was the recipient of an “Empowered Poet Award,” 2013. As well as being a passionate and devoted poet, he has also been referred to as a “Master Storyteller.” Godwin, through reading and speaking engagements shares his craft devotedly through various schools in the Vancouver area. He has also been a returning guest of “World Poetry Café” on Co-Op Radio. Recently, Godwin started pursuing a new dream as a song writer- and has now released his debut mini-album: Your Presence. In addition to “Your Presence,” Godwin has just released as of November 2013, his first Christmas single, “Passion Of Christmas.”


Cycles: One More Time

Cycles: an experience in life,
a lesson to be learned more profound than before- through darkness to light, the opening of a door.

With each new turn came an entire new dimension to the experience; spring, summer, winter, fall- a new lesson to be learned in all.

They say that pain walls in a wounded man, subconsciously seeking shelter; experience after experience, joy after pain- from copper, to silver, to gold in the smelter.

Wishing to be a child releasing laughter in the rain- only one way to go, again walk through the pain.

Character, wisdom, knowledge and strength- seek only to be thy attributes, event after event.

They say that in each life a little rain must fall- yet from showers to thunderstorms… I’ve been through it all.

The light may have diminished, time after time- sometimes extinguishing, lying here dying.

Through it all though mine eyes did not see- the surge of my spirit would gain the victory.

Though you look at me seeing me only in the flesh- abolish not beauty, for such is the reward of my test.

In time by example many a heart will be won- I can only pray for patience as the steps I take one by one.

Cycles: an experience in life,
a lesson to be learned more profound than before- a room filled with beauty, no longer hidden beyond the door.

© Godwin H. Barton