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World Poetry Proudly Presents Alan Hill from Canada and England!

Alan Hill reading his poem

 We are pleased to welcome back Alan Hill to the World Poetry Cafe Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Jason Lawrence.  He is one of our honoured participants from the City of Richmond, BC. Canada. He also had a poem on display at the World Poetry Poetic Necklace at UBC and the Richmond Cultural Centre. To Listen To The Radio Interview: CLICK HERE!

  This is a poem from his new book The Upstairs Country by Silver Bow Publishing. To buy Alan’s book: http://www.alibris.com/stores/silverbow

The Art of Pruning

My aged aunt
has snipped me into twigs,
clipped me
into memories
too tiny to be seen,
seeded herself
though holes in time,
mulched history
composted the air.

Cousins, sisters, parents
fertilized and re-alive
dragging their new shoots
over my muddy rugs,
inviting themselves over
in unfashionable clothes

with their dated opinions,

embarrassing knowledge
of my bad habits,
bringing me down
with Victorian prayers,
annoying sing songs

around the piano
that I don’t even have.

A great uncle
who disappeared
on the Somme

is sucking air from my lungs
performing the kiss of death
taking me in mouthfuls
spitting me    

from a bedroom window
shovel of my voice,
slitting open the spring air
like a love letter.

Alan Hill ©

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

World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival Award Winners!

Zayra Yves, featured artist

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

 World Poetry Empowered Poet 2012,  World Poetry Lifetime Achievment Winner Richard Doiron.

World Poetry Father of Visual Poetry, 2012, Doc PenPen.

 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,

 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,


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