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.
Selected poem: The Polyglot Sea
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.
Lidia and with Beat Generation Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti (San Francisco 2013)
(photo by Alessandro Actis)
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.
…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…
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.
of sounds and fluorescent colours
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
the carousel horses
moving in a tireless dance.
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 ©