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World Poetry Proudly Presents C.J. Prince from the USA!

The World Poetry Café Radio Show with host Ariadne Sawyer and co – host Una Bhruns welcomed C.J. Prince to the radio show on December 23rd on CFRO, 100.5 FM for a radio show book launch of her new book Mother, May I?  The show was dedicated to Cora, the sister of World Poetry Director and Life Time Achievement Award winner Anita Aguirre Nieveras and popular World Poetry Café Radio Show host.

 We had a fascinating interview with C.J. Prince featuring poems from her new book  and a message to the world. Also featured was a poem and message from Dr. Stephen Gill, music by Ablaye Cissoko and Volker, unaccompanied Bach played by the cellist Yo-yo Ma and Victoria Celtic musician and singer, Valerie Gill. To hear this lovely show: CLICK HERE!


C.J. Prince found the Muse on the tar spattered shores of Summerland in fourth grade where she gouged words into sand.  She’s been writing ever since.   Her newest book is Mother May I? C.J. also has credits include stage, screen and TV scripts.  Her first novel, Canvas Angels, is published in Catching My Breath.  Her work appears in several anthologies including Leaning into the Wind:  Women Write from the Heart of the West.  Prince lives in the Pacific Northwest with husband Michael E. Berg, two Papillons, and one rescued orange marmalade tabby.  She teaches Tai Chi and studies the dress code of cedars, the vocal patterns of ravens and the height of the moon at midnight.
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“Mother, May I?” is available on amazon.com, amazon.ca, Kindle, Nook and other digital devices.

Locally it is available at Village Books, The Stone Moon, Sudden Valley Salon & Spa and The Spotted Pig

Here are her web connections: www.tarotandstardust.blogspot.com  www.cjprinceauthor.wordpress.com

Here is a poem, followed by the Message to the World:

I Remember

  After Joe Brainard

I remember a gallon jar no longer

holding pimiento-stuffed martini olives,

a jar jam-crammed with marbles

pushed to the back of the wardrobe

where my brother wouldn’t find it.

Me, good with a steelie, shooting straight,

collecting, hiding all the boys’ marbles I won.

I remember they had BB guns and shot birds—

me running down by the bridge

past the orange grove—flapping my arms, “Fly, birdie, fly.”

I remember shouldering the 4/10 rifle

as my father taught me to aim down the sight

and hit a distant tin can.

I remember my step-brother-to-be shooting frogs

in the swamp where we built a raft.

I remember bright green-yellow ooze

from a dead frog’s body.

I remember a loaded gun

in the buffet at my mother-in-law’s house.

I remember being a pacifist,

belonging to Another Mother for Peace,

not allowing toy guns

in my children’s playroom.

I remember they shot with sticks.

I remember shoulder high jade plants

growing at the back door where the calico cat Daisy

left gopher entrails

or her latest batch of kittens my father would drown.

I remember my mom

driving the weapons carrier they bought after the war,

our only transportation.  She painted the frames

of her sunglasses glaring red with nail polish.

I remember the Navy ship on endless gray seas

as we sailed out of the Azores to go ashore in Casablanca.

I remember the fear of being whipped.

I remember not wanting to take the garbage out

because possums with long harsh tails

slashed around the can

near the Copa d’oro  twining on the garage.

I remember my mother flipping open

the wringer washer that caught my braid.

I remember my grandmother’s piano

and my hands picking out “Silent Night.”

                         ~C.J. Prince

Message to the World

The world seems abstract,

a blue and green sphere.


I speak to the earth all the time.

I sit in women’s circles,

wish her well, ask her forgiveness.

It is the people I do not know,

those who will hear my night whisper now.

If our hands touch

can I read your palms?

I want to look into your eyes

and have you see mine.

There in that sacred space


there with our eyes embraced,

there, palm to palm,

our auras intertwined,

we find peace.

    ~C.J. Prince

World Poetry Proudly Presents Alyson Quinn From Canada!

Ariadne’s Notes: A great World Poetry Cafe Radio Show Tuesday night on  CFRO 100.5 FM with co-host Una Bruhns and featuring the novelist of When the River Wakes Up,
 Alyson Quinn. To hear the show: CLICK HERE.

Also a special Open House & Book Launch plus Roger’s 50th Birthday!
Dead’er by Roger R. Blenman & When the River Wakes Up by Alyson Quinn
Readings at 2, 4, & 7 pm, with book signings
December 6th, 2014
Dalbergia Studio – Wood and Fine Objects
1333 Railspur Avenue,
Granville Island, Vancouver BC
This is a free event.

“When the River Wakes Up ventures courageously down paths rarely explored, the Western medical model and African mysticism from Zimbabwe. What is the cost of labeling those with sacred gifts for all of humanity? Is there a way to open ourselves to unimaginable wisdom that will illuminate the path forward for us all? Alyson Quinn writes this story with her heart immersed in cauterized memory of her beloved homeland and an unquenchable curiosity for undiscovered worlds.” — Malídoma Patríce Somé, PhD, traditional elder, author of Ritual: Power, Healing and Community; Of Water and the Spirit; and The Healing Wisdom of Africa
When the River Wakes Up is an exploration of paths rarely explored—the colliding of Western beliefs and Shona mysticism. Abigail, in all her fragility, is a resolute pioneer alongside her African brother, her soul compatriot, and vessel of African wisdom: Zukah. Through their relationship they open up closed minds and hearts around them, and forge a different path in the new Zimbabwe. Any government transitioning from a racist minority rule to a majority government is careening down a road of unfathomable chaos; Zimbabwe is no different. Seen through the lens of Abigail’s father, a civil servant, the process is filled with potholes of despair and unforeseen hope. When the River Wakes Up is a novel that is both a tormenting inner struggle and a changing world scorched by the fire of new beginnings.
About the Author
Alyson Quinn was born in Zimbabwe to Irish parents and spent her childhood years in Southern Africa. She trained as a social worker and has spent twenty-five years working in the field of psychiatry as an individual and group therapist. She is the author of Experiential Unity Theory and Model (Jason Aronson, 2012) and Reclaim Your Soul.(Hamilton Books, 2014). When the River Wakes Up is her first novel.

World Poetry Proudly Presents Award Winner Lidia Chiarelli from Italy!

Ariadne’s Notes: I am beginning to post all the award winners that have been waiting a long time to be featured. Lidia Chiarelli  is a World Poetry Empowered Poet Award Winner whose peace poem was selected to be one of four chosen by a selection committee
575 gift poems have been printed and are ready to be given out starting October 1st.
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Photo by Una Bruhns, 200 gift peace poems ready to be given during the Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival, October 1-17th, after our poem rolling party at the UBC Exchange.

Selected Poem The Polyglot Sea tab



Lidia and with Beat Generation Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti (San Francisco 2013)

Lidia Chiarelli was born and raised in Turin, in northern Italy, where she studied and graduated in “English Language and Literature” at the University of Torino. For several years, she devoted herself to teaching English in secondary schools, and included “creative expression” courses in her teaching methods.  She organized a unique “mail art” exhibition at Giuseppe Perotti School (Torino, 1990), which turned out to be an opportunity to become acquainted with many artists, especially with Sarah Jackson, a digital artist from Halifax, Canada. Her long distance collaboration with the Canadian artist, Jackson, and with British writer Aeronwy Thomas, (the daughter of Dylan Thomas), led her to found, with four other members, the artistic literary Movement Immagine & Poesia, which was officially presented at Alfa Teatro of Torino on Novembre 9, 2007.  After visiting the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010, Lidia was inspired to create installations similar to Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree, but hanging not only wishes, but poems and original works of art on cards on the trees.  Lidia Chiarelli’s “Poetry&Art Trees” thus began to appear in different exhibitions in Piedmont and abroad. Lidia’s passion for creative writing has motivated her to write poetry, and she became an award-winning poet in 2011, 2012 and 2014 : Premio Il Meleto di Guido Gozzano, Agliè 2011 (Segnalazione di Merito) and 2012 (Terzo Premio poesia inedita), Premio Wine in Literature, CE.PAM, Santo Stefano Belbo 2014. In June 2011 she was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from The First International Poetry Festival of Swansea (U.K.) for her broadside poetry and art contribution. Her writing has been translated into English, French, Czech, Slovak (Prof. Miriam Margala) and Romanian (Dr. Olimpia Jacob) and published in Poetry Reviews and on web-sites in Italy, Great Britain, in the U.S.A. and in Romania. http://lidiachiarelli.jimdo.com/ http://www.saatchiart.com/LidiaChiarelli

Coney Island
…or a joker in a straw
putting a stickpin in his peppermint tie
and looking just like he had nowhere to go
but Coney Island…

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Let’s go to Coney Island
today the gates are open for us
the hot August air
is laden with saltiness.
Let’s enter and forget
just for an hour
the problems and troubles of life.

A windmill
of sounds and fluorescent colours
attracts us
intoxicating magnet.

We go.
The Wonder Wheel
will take us high and higher
our eyes will caress the city
and will get lost into the blue of the ocean

We see
the carousel horses
moving in a tireless dance.

We smell
the sweet aroma of cotton candy
slowly spreading in the air.

A magic realm is waiting
to take us far
through time and space:

Today let’s go to Coney Island
and just for an hour
we will be children again.

August 3, 2012 ©

Lidia Chiarelli, Italy


 Front Cover I&P

Her new book!