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World Poetry Proudly Presents Richard Doiron from Canada!

Richard Doiron

“Hi Ariadne. A few notes on things…
While nothing I have done since the May World Poetry International Peace Festival could possibly equal that experience, I have kept more than a little busy since my return to New Brunswick. For two full months, now, I have worked at re-building my cabin in the forest. We have experienced the hottest and driest summer since 1965. It has been an exhausting project, one often leaving me drained, not up to par in terms of my usual prolific writing self. Still, I have managed to average about one poem written each day. There have been a few developments in my life also, one involving a proposed film documentary of me, as well as a nomination to a substantial award, with respect to my life of writing. I will leave specifics for later on these developments, however. Also, a professor from the University of Moncton has asked if I would speak to her class, even if a class might be welcome to spend time at my cabin in the woods, where potentially a weekend of literary explorations might be in the works. And there is to be some study of my writing in an Asian university. It has all been very positive. Naturally, I am more than grateful to World Poetry for having given me the greatest validation of my literary life, namely the 2012 World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award. While in Richmond, B.C. I made lifelong friends and got to spend time with Ariadne Sawyer and Sharon, with memories made to last a lifetime.”

“For a poem, I include the following:

  The Far And Greater Peace

I did not find peace in the morning
with the rising sun.
I did not find peace at noon
with the sun high overhead
I did not find peace in outside sources,
but thoughts of peace occupied
a certain portion of my mind
As such, then, I knew peace
if only minutely.
And that knowledge
was the beginning
of a far and greater peace.
For, beyond the thoughts I had,
there was a reaching out,
a hand extended in acceptance,
words spoken in a spirit of friendship,
a ready smile, a validation of others,
an invitation to share my vision,
an openness to experience
viewpoints other than my own,
and the inherent wisdom of the world.
Therefore it was that I came to know
of that far and greater peace.

-Richard Doiron

Copyright © 2012 – All rights reserved.”

Ariadne’s note: We are asking all the Empowered Award Winning Poets that were at the World Poetry International Peace festival in May 2012 to give us an update on what they have been doing since the festival. World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Richard Doiron begins the series of updates.

The next World Poetry Canada International Festival will be April 4-30, 2013 at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.



World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival – A Great Success!

Some of the peace festival family.

(Photo credit by: Ceri Naz taken by the volunteer Freddy)

World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival  2012 A Great Success!

World Poetry is excited to report a wonderful and inspiring festival with poetry exhibits, talented International and National poets, speakers and dancers. The World Poetry Youth Team with interim leader, Kimberly Tsan hosted an interactive  panel which was praised by all.  275 gift poems were given out at the exhibitions and as gifts to the public. At the New Westminster Public Library on May 23rd, 46-53 people welcomed the poets with a lovely cake, book launches and readings.

The main event was at the Richmond Cultural Centre, May 25-26 with the three themes of Inspire, Achieve and Celebrate!

A World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award to Richard Doiron and the Empowerment Series Awards to the International poets visiting from Japan, India and other countries. Over 152 people attended during the two day festivities.

In addition, there were two Poetic Necklace Exhibits, one from May 4-28 at the University Of British Columbia Library, Vancouver, BC and one at the Richmond Cultural Centre, Richmond, Canada, May 25-26th.

World Poetry would like to thank the World Poetry Directors who co-hosted with World Poetry Reading Series Society President, Ariadne  Sawyer, the wonderful World Poetry volunteers and the help of committed partners and sponsors. A special thanks to the City of Richmond for their help and to UBC for the Poetic Necklace display. Also, great thanks to Roberta Price who did the First Nations welcome and so many who joined together to make the festival the best ever! Heidi Mueller, our empowered webmaster also received an award.

So many poets and supporters from around the world wrote notes of good wishes, support and love. There was such an outpouring of kindness and love that a number of attendees said that they had never experienced such a feeling of bonding and support.

World Poetry in-kind Sponsors and Partners: Exclusive Media Sponsor: CTV.TAN-The Afro News. Partners: Signature partner: Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society, The Vancouver Tagore Society, Jasmine Dance Group, Canada Council for the Arts, The Writer’s Union, Rice Paper Magazine, The Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop, The Airport Quality Inn Hotel, Aboriginal Writer’s Collective West Coast. Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia (UBC Library) World Poetry gratefully acknowledges the support from the City of Richmond.

World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival is Proud to Present the 2012 Award Winners!

World Poetry Father of Visual Poetry, 2012, Doc PenPen.
World Poetry Empowered Award, 2012, Roberta Price.
World Poetry Empowered Webmaster 2012, Heidi Mueller.
World Poetry Empowered Poet 2012. Betty Scott.
World Poetry Empowered Poet 2012. Yoshifumi Sakura.
World Poetry Empowered poet 2021, Zayra Yves.
World Poetry Empowered Peace Poet 2012, Dr. Stephan Gill
World Poetry Empowered Youth Poet 2012, Sajia Alaha Ahrar.
World Poetry Empowered Poet 2012, Attila F. Balázs.
World Poetry Youth Poet, 2012, Samarendra Patra.
World Poetry Best Poetry (Dari, Farsi) Khowaja Abadullah Ahrar.
Special empowered awards and medallions:
World Poetry Empowered poet and artist. Jaypee Belarmino.
Empowered musician Rene Hugo Sanchez
World Poetry Arts Ambassador, Koyali Burman.
World Poetry Emowered Speaker Ashok Bhargava.
World Poetry Empowered Artist Amelia Barney.
World Poetry Empowered Volunteer Sharon Rowe.
World Poetry Empowered Volunteer Coordinator Jemma Downes.
World Poetry Empowered Volunteer Coordinator Selene Bertelsen.

World Poetry Empowed Voice of Afghan Husna S. Ahrar.
World Poetry Empowered Afghan Filmmaker Neamat Haidari.

 Awards to partners and sponsors:  CTV Exclusive TV Sponsor, TAN The Afro News, Alan Hill and the City of Richmond, Jasmine Dance Club, The Vancouver Tagore Society.  Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society and the UBC Library, Simon Barber Centre.

World Poetry Lifetime award winners:Passing of the torch, 2011-2012

World Poetry Lifetime Achievment Award Winner 2012 Richard Doiron’s Speech!


Empowered photo  by Janet  Kvammen http://www.facebook.com/planetJanetCreations

 Richard gave this speech after receiving the World Poetry Lifetime Achievment Award at the World Poetry Canada International Festival May 25, at the Richmond Cultural Centrem Richmond, BC, Canada.

Poetry And Peace

    There is turmoil in our world. Hatred. Racism. Poverty. Grave injustice. Ultimately, we have war.

  The poets observe, sense, and are moved into action. Through their words, they create an alternative order. In that alternative order comes transformation.

 The transformation, first, occurs at the personal level and, from there, expands into social transformation.

  Poets are teachers, historically, the consciences of communities. They now work on a global scale. Modern technology has given them  new tools, whereby communication is immediate. This would be a good thing.

   To speak from the heart is to touch the heart, and to speak from the soul is to touch the soul.

  Peace poetry is hollistic.

  Peace poetry is not merely anti-war rhetoric. It addresses the social ills and inadequacies that will result in conflict.

   Poetry is creative, innovation, connecting all the dots. Peace poetry is not political.

Taking sides is not to solve the problem.

The poet is the pivot, the fulcrum, the point of balance, the sensible and sensitive in an often insensible and insensitive world.

   Peace poetry addresses life from a spiritual context also: how can anyone claim to believe in God and involve themselves in endless wars, and what is war anyway, if not the ultimate failure?

  In peace poetry, it’s never winner-take-all, it’s about sharing.

  In 1989, the great peace activist and poet, Denise Levertov, wrote:

   Making Peace

  A voice from the dark shouted out, “The poets must give us imagination of peace, to oust the intense, familiar imagination of disaster. Peace, not only the absence of war.”

  But peace, like a poem, is not there ahead of itself, can’t be known except in the words of its making, grammar of justice, syntax of mutual aid…

   A line of peace might appear if we reconstruct the sentence our lives are making, revoked its reaffirmation of profit and power, questioned our needs, allowed long pauses…  

 A cadence of peace might balance its weight on that different fulcrum; peace, a presence, an energy field more intense than war, a mighty pulse then, stanza by stanza into the world, each act of living one of its words, each word a vibration of light – facets of the forming crystal.  

  Peace, as Levertov, further noted, is “not there ahead of itself, but it must be forged in the “alembic” of our lives.

   Peace poetry is not silent, but words, in fact, leading to action.

 But, to transform the world, we must also put ourselves on the line.

  As Levertov wrote:  

  “When words penetrate into us they change the chemistry of the soul, of the imagination. We need, in effect, to be the change we seek in the world. 

Peace poets are not into propaganda, which is a political tool, though the peace poets have to deal with all issues.

  A poet cannot address outer turmoil, lest inner turmoil has been addressed. It is our own change that we articulate best.

   Peace poets are not into statistics. One injustice is one too many.  

  Peace poets are not weak in the knees. They, too, hold their ground. Art depicts conflict for what is is, presenting images that may very well both “appal and empower.”

   Peace poets do not advocate blind faith. Evil does not go away through prayer alone. If it did, with all the prayers of history, war would be history.

   We need a new faith paradigm, one which forever speaks of hope, yes, but speaks in practical terms, too. 

     It is not difficult to become absorbed and influenced by by an endless barrage of violent social imagery. This must be countered using a different frame of reference, which we arrive at via creative and constructive thinking.

  Peace poets counter the ugly with the beautiful, penning poems of praise, of love for our fellow man, for our world, overall, presenting a picture worthy of civilization at its best.  

  It is not to deny the atrocities and horrors, but to transcend them, to employ poetry that is not only jarring, but poetry that stirs the imagination, awakens the senses, inspires the people.  

 With the new paradigm, the poets keep themselves fresh, and refreshing, like flowers growing alongside busy thoroughfares.   

 Our poetry must raise social consciousness, if social constructs are to be revised, reviewed, and renewed.   

 Peace poetry is an ecology of the mind, its impetus the soul. It is grounding, inclusive, the premise, always, necessarily being that all things are interconnected.   

We are all children of the one Universe, of the One God, and the need is not to live in chaos, but to live in peace and harmony. It demands of poets, then, to present vibrant, innovative, and viable alternatives. To be believable is to be soulful.

   Our peace poems must have as a mission the salvation of the planet, the conversion of minds, the transformation of action, as we move from the mundane to the majestic, from the destructive to the constructive, from the haughty and hateful to the heeding, healing, and holy.

  We are the people, imbued with power, the angels of mercy, our pens in play. 

 We may invoke Divine Mercy, but the Universe demands that we do our part. Beyond the words, there needs to be action, but action is only possible if there is fuel to energize it. Our peace poems are the call to action.

 True transformation calls on the moral, emotional, intellectual and spiritual.

 People need something to think about. No one is better equipped to make others think than the thinkers among us.

I say, as in a prayer, let us think. Let us make others think. Let thoughts be beautiful things. Positive things. Life-altering things. And possible things. 

  Thank you all so very, very much. And let there be peace!   Richard Doiron (C)


"Passing of the torch" Dr. Warren Stevenson WP award winner, 2011