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In Loving Memory; World Poetry celebrates Nelson Mandela!

By worldpoetry on December 10, 2013 - 9:18pm

This is the first of several poems and a special historical video poem by Una
Bruhns to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, Father of Peace. 1918-2013.
“The poems are posted in the order that they came in. Thank you all for your submissions.

You are an example of courage forgiveness, and love.
Transcending the boundaries of human existence.
Embodying peace and respect.

As you travel into the heavens You live within all of us ,
blazing a path, a peace beacon for us to follow.

Thank you for your gifts.
We love you.
We love you.

Ariadne Sawyer ©

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We are honoured to welcome a new member and talented poet, Mutiu Olawuyi to World Poetry!

By worldpoetry on December 3, 2012 - 10:19pm

We are honoured to welcome a new member and talented poet, Mutiu Olawuyi to World Poetry!

Mutiu Olawuyi (JP) is a Gambian-based Nigerian Poet, translator, literary critic, anthologist and activist. He is the initiator and Managing Editor of MUSE FOR WOMEN and POETRY ZONE groups (online) -where poets from corners of the world ink to say NO TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN and share their work for constructive criticism respectively. He published three collections of poetry titled: AMERICAN LITERARY LEGENDS AND OTHER POEMS (2010) and THOUGHTS FROM THE JUNGLE (2012) and 9/11 POETRY (2012). He edited and contributed to the maiden ANTHOLOGY OF THE MUSE FOR WOMEN (2012). His poems and articles have appeared in international journals and magazines in Nigeria, India, United States, Ireland, Greece, England and Canada. Olawuyi also has some of his poems translated to Yoruba, Arabic, Malayalam, Telugu, Greek, Esperanto and Hungarian. For more information about Mutiu, go to

My Days Outside Were Never Wasted
By Mutiu Olawuyi

I do not believe they were wasted
my days outside Ikirun-Agunbe;
the cola-nut demography where – son
of the soil – I call proudly myself
even though my mother’s womb landed
me not really there, but Ilesha.

I do not believe they were wasted the days I spent in Mesu-Jamba land;

Griot, a must see film coming to VIFF!

By worldpoetry on September 19, 2012 - 2:05pm

Ariadne’s note: The World Poetry Cafe Radio Show is honoured to interview the stars of Griot on Tuesday, September 18th, 9-10 pm,on CFRO, 100.5 FM by phone from New York and Montreal. To hear this wonderful interview CLICK HERE!

The film and a one time only special concert is coming to the Vancouver International Film Festival. The concert is presented in association with : Griot Senegalease kora and western trumpet coming to Vancouver to a special live concert performance on Friday, Sept. 28, 9:15 pm start at the Vogue Theatre. World Poetry has one pair of tickets for the concert. The first one who sends an email to will receive two tickets to this special event. On this site we have broken a record-2,065 visitors for Tuesday! Thank you Yaman for the promotion.

Griot for a preview.

Special Presentations

(France, 2012, 82 mins, HDCAM)

Mandinka, French, English, Wolof

World Director:Volker Goetze

PROD Volker Goetze CAM Sanne Kurz EDS Victor Kanefsky, Volker Goetze MUS Ablaye Cissoko, Volker Goetze PROD CO Weitblick Media

Vancouver, BC,Sep 27 06:30 pm Empire Granville 7 Cinemas Theatre #2
Sep 30 01:30 pm
Vancity Theatre @ VIFC

Presented in association with:

World Poetry Proudly Presents Mike Mountain and Bob Westfall from Canada!

By worldpoetry on August 12, 2012 - 10:56pm

Ariadne wrote:The World Poetry Cafe Radio Show will welcome the Westfall Mountian Band in a live interview on August 14th from 9-10 PST. You can listen live at or wait until wedesday for the link on this site. They are amazing musicians!

Mike Mountain and Bob Westfall have been playing together under the name WESTFALL MOUNTAIN since the winter of 2009. They are fans of each others’ music, and that got things started. Two guitars, two vocalists, and one harmonica. They consider their music to be Folk-Rock with a Country edge. They’ve played The Heritage Grill in New Westminster numerous times, as well as the Railway Club and a one day tour of Gambier Island for a Cancer benefit. They also have a regular gig at Astral Connections in North Delta, as well as Renaissance Books in New Westminster. Mike and Bob both have solo albums as well which you can find on i-tunes, and have recently recorded the first WESTFALL MOUNTAIN album, also released on i-tunes.

Find WESTFALL MOUNTAIN on Facebook. Link to Facebook:!/pages/Westfall-Mountain/191417094253166?sk=info Link to Westfall Mountain videos:

World Poetry Proudly Presents Yaman Saleh!

By worldpoetry on August 11, 2012 - 9:43am

Ariadne’s note: We would like to thank Yaman for the promotion of this site through social media. He has done an amazing job. Yaman, our greatest thanks!

Since we are all volunteers, it is hard to find the time and the knowledge to do promotion. Also, I would like to thank the thousands of people who have viewed our site. It is a work of love for me and my goal is to make it the best it can be.
If any of you want to be a feature, become a member or join our various projects for peace and harmony, you are most welcome.
I also would like to thank Heidi Mueller for her help and support in setting up this site and helping whenever needed.

“Yaman is a value-investor, and published poet / author. He’s always been a writer, but poetry dawned upon him suddenly at the beginning of 2011. He found himself rapidly writing poem after poem, till he decided to publish them in one book. He has a Masters in Telecommunications. He’s travelled most of the world. Yaman loves God, above all. He enjoys different kinds of sports and the outdoors, including hiking. His favorite reading subjects are astronomy/cosmology, personal investing, fine poetry, metaphysics, and history. He lives in Richmond, BC- Canada, with his loving, supportive wife, Hunada, two daughters and two sons.”


World Poetry Welcomes Jelena Bogdanovic from Serbia!

By worldpoetry on January 17, 2012 - 10:40pm

World Poetrywas born on May 25, 1967 in Bela Crkva, Serbia. She holds a degree in Theology from the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Osijek, Croatia. Today she lives in Belgrade, where she is involved in pastoral/counseling ministry with sub-culture of drug addicts in Belgrade, within the local church “New Horizon”. She also works as a translator and writer. She is married and has one daughter Mihaela (19).
Jelena has published two books of poetry:
1.) “Evoking the rain” – with Terri Williams as a co-author (two-language, Serbian/English edition) – (2007. “New Horizon”)
2.) “The Letters of the Desert Princess” – the journey of the thirsty soul (Serbian, 2011., self-published)


Love has taken of her dress of magnolia
And stood before me, luminous naked
In the light of her transparence
Everything I have on me is needless

What are you going to put on yourself
Before my confused eyes, oh, Love?
If you dress yourself in the cherry tree
Shake off your blossom in my lap
If you dress yourself in the Autumn colors
Let me dance in your amber leaves and laugh

Oh, Love, strip away these dirty garments from me
And dress me in your naked Beauty!


Ljubav je skinula svoju haljinu od magnolije
I stala pred mene, blistavo naga
U svetlu njene prozirnosti
Sve što imam na sebi je suvišno

World Poetry Youth Team Member Alaha Ahrar with a letter and a poem!

By worldpoetry on November 7, 2011 - 10:16pm

Ariadne’s note: “On behalf of World Poetry Canada & International,we want to welcome Alaha to our wonderful World Poetry Youth Team which is being built to spread the concepts of respect, honour, love and peace to the world. We are honoured to have her on our strong team of young poets.
We are fortunate to be in Canada where our World Poetry Society is welcomed by so many people and groups.
Our love and good wishes go out to the youth of Afghanistan who will be working with World Poetry to create dignity and peace.”

Ariadne Sawyer MA, President of the World Poetry Reading Series Society,

Here is the letter from Alaha:

Dearest Ariadne Sawyer hello,

“Thank you very much for all your hard work and for connecting and encouraging peace and unity worldwide. I admit that I lack enough words to express my acknowledgements and gratitude to the International World Poetry, Canada.

My full name is Sajia Alaha Ahrar, but everyone knows and calls me Alaha Ahrar. I am an international student from Kabul, Afghanistan at the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia. I am a triple major student. I am majoring in Human Rights, Political Sciences and International Affairs and I am also going to obtain the Middle Eastern Studies Certificate.

World Poetry ( proudly presents Dimitris P. Kraniotis, an award-winning Greek poet!

By worldpoetry on April 3, 2011 - 10:52pm

Dimitris P. Kraniotis is an award-winning Greek poet. He was born in 15 July 1966 in Stomio (Larissa), a coastal town in central Greece . He studied at the Medical School of the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. He lives and works as a medical doctor (Internal Medicine specialist physician) in Larissa, Greece.

He is the author of 7 poetry books: “Traces” (1985), “Clay Faces” (1992), “Fictitious Line” (2005), “Dunes” (2007), “Endogram” (2010), “Edda” (2010), “Illusions” (2010). proudly presents festured poet Martine L. Jacquot

By worldpoetry on April 2, 2011 - 12:16am

Martine L. Jacquot is considered one of the most important representatives of francophone literature in Nova Scotia. Born in France, she has been living in Canada for almost 30 years. She has published 25 books in Canada and in France including poetry, novels, short stories, essays and children books. Her work also appears in many journals and anthologies. Some of her work has been translated into English, Russian (where she is editor in chief of a scholarly journal in Canadian studies) Italian, Portuguese and Arabic (her work appears on a regular basis in journals in Lebanon and other Arab-speaking countries). As a journalist, she has written hundreds of articles on arts, culture and history. As a photographer, she has illustrated books and magazine articles, took part in group exhibitions and won several awards.

She has travelled on three continents to lecture about her creative process and read from her work. She holds a Ph.D. in French literature from Dalhousie University. She has received a number of grants and awards for her work including the Prix Européen de l’Association des Écrivains de Langue Française in Paris (with the novel Au gré du vent). She was a finalist for the Prix Éloizes, Prix France-Acadie and Prix Radio-Canada (with Des oiseaux dans la tête and La couleur du désir).


World Poetry Cafe Radio Show features Melanie Dekker and Hadaa Sendoo!

By worldpoetry on February 25, 2011 - 10:38pm

Hosts, Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea welcome the talented musician Melanie Dekker on the World Poetry Cafe Radio show. Listen here at

Canadian born Melanie Dekker loves to share her music. She’ll tease you, unease you and play one or ten more just to please you. She has been making records and touring for 12 years. You’ll never see the same show twice, as they are inventive and musically diverse; not only because of her spontaneity, but also because she plays her concerts with a variety of accompanists (from Violinists to Electric guitarists). She loves it and so is scheduled for 85 concerts this year! She’s performed for President William J. Clinton, shared the stage with Diana Krall, Faith Hill & Bryan Adams, and she was up for humanitarian artist of the year and video of the year at the LA MUSIC AWARDS 2008. Over Christmas 2009 Dekker went to Afghanistan to sing for the Canadian & US troops; she played 11 concerts in 2 days. Now in-between touring she is recording a new uplifting album called “Here & Now” which reflects what moves and inspires her throughout her travels.

“It feels good to be on the edge of wonder and even better to capture it.” … Melanie.

To check out her upcoming tour or buy her new cd:

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