Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe radio show and the website is honoured to welcome Swarit Srivastavawith his deep, strong poem that he wrote for his mother for Mother’s Day. It was read on May 28 on the World Poetry Cafe radio show. We have special permission to post his photo and poem from his mother and Swarit Srivastava.
Recently several young poets that had come on the show years before and are now young adults have contacted me about coming back again. One such young adult will be joining us on June 11 to be aired on the 18th. Here is her link from the site: https://worldpoetry.ca/?p=7979
Swarit Srivastava (USA). He wrote this poem for me on Mother’s Day. He’s a seventh-grader and his favorite past time is playing chess. He’s also received many awards for his poetry such as the first place in the reflections contest and the top ten in the Creative Communications contest.
Once upon a time
New eyes gazed on the world
Shining with the promise of life
And the fear of change
Roaring emotions became a tidal wave
Rising and consuming all other thought
Days had gone by until reality stuck like a stone-
And shaking hands found each other as they faced life yet to come
A fire had started
Burning bright with determination
And strong with excitement
Yet time flowed like a river
Threatening to extinguish everything
Yet it breathed
Night fell but the mind remained awake
Playing out the dreams of a new world and the nightmare of a broken heart
And change marched on with the rise of the sun
And the emptiness of the stomach
Life changed as care intensified
And doubt grew like a weed
It took root in the mind
And refused to leave
So this grand unknown was researched
With a desperate mind trying to find solace in the fact
And then it happened
The first sign of a new life that was soon to come
A hit that changed it all
Doubt remained, yes
But the shears of hope had cut all but the deepest wounds
Passing months felt like years
As a tough yet beautiful time continued
The mind craved distractions that were fulfilled in heartbeats
All while the fire of courage burned along the flow of time
And the day of longing arrived
A time which led to a familiar place
Yet an unfamiliar one at the same time
A horrible pain that lasted for hours
Until the time came
As the task which most will never perform occurred
And the eyes of a newborn looked into its mother’s with the same promise of life
And the fear of change
That she had once felt
All doubt washed away
And a timeless love was born.
Bio and permission for the photo and poem from his mother Rachana and Swarit Srivastava.
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe radio show, CFRO 100.5 FM on Feb. 13 at 1:10 pm PST was honoured to welcome the talented poet Chris Belcourt. He told us about his journey and the importance of new coping skills, his passion for healing and for justice. Chris seems to have a wonderful ability to give others support and encouragement.He also stressed the importance of having a strong support system when things get difficult.
Ariadne’s Notes! The World Poetry Cafe 100.5 FM at 1:30 pm PST, Feb. 13 celebrated the BC FILMMAKER GORDON LOVERIN WHO SELECTED TO REPRESENT CANADA IN PRESTIGIOUS BERLINALE FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAM. We also celebrated his producing director, Pamela Jones for directing his moving film, the Blue Rose. Worldwide listeners also tuned in to hear this remarkable story about the films and the impact that Indigenous films are having. Gordon Loverin also gave an important history in the difficulties of First Nations people over many years. It was meaningful to me because of our family ties with the Yupik Nation in Alaska and the effects that the persecution has had on our family. It is so wonderful to see history being shared thanks to all the indigenous, courageous filmmakers.
World Poetry Cafe Team Members: Ariadne Sawyer, host and producer, Victor Shartzman tech and co-host, Diego Bastinutti, co-host, and Sharon Rowe, our special volunteer whose Big Bessie stories are read on the radio every week.
“Breaking news: Vancouver, February 4th, 2020 — It’s not every day you get summoned by the Consul General of Germany, but that’s what happened to BC filmmaker Gordon Loverin. Now he is off to Berlinale, one of the biggest feature film festivals and markets in the world to represent Canada.
“It was surreal”, says Loverin. “We invited Dr. Klaus Schmidt, Consul General for Germany in Vancouver to the screening of the documentary I directed called, Beyond Human Power. Two days later we were in his office, a short time after that, I got the call that I was chosen as one of the twenty-five filmmakers from around the world, and the only Canadian in a delegation hosted by the prestigious Goethe Institute.” Loverin will have meetings set up with German filmmakers and production companies with the goal of sharing information about the film industry in Canada, and to help facilitate collaborations and co-productions.
“I’m excited because two of the projects I’ll be pitching are set in the Yukon,” says Loverin. “It’ll take time, but if we can get funding and roll, it’ll be a boon for the area.”
Loverin, who is from the Tlingit and Tahltan First Nations, has strong ties to the Yukon and was invited to screen two of his films at the Available Light Film Festival in Whitehorse this past weekend. Beyond Human Power, which is now screening on CBC Gem, is a documentary feature that centres on Canada’s anti-potlatch law, and features the Yukon’s Dakhká Khwáan Dancers and the Daghalhaan k’e dance group and features the Yukon’s Dakhká Khwáan Dancers and the Daghalhaan k’e dance group. Loverin’s short film The Blue Rose, directed by his producing partner, Pamela Jones, is about a young woman using boxing to overcome childhood trauma.
“We created Wolf Spirit Films to bridge cultures,” says Loverin. “This is a perfect example of how entertainment can bring people together.”
I also appreciated the kindness shown to the talented Afghan Filmmaker Rahmat Hardari who needed encouragement to start making his films again.
Wolf Spirit Films is going to The 70th annual Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival which is scheduled to take place from February 20th to March 1st, 2020.