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24th World Congress of Poets, Day 3, November 29, 2016

Presented by United Poets Laureate International
DoubleTree Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, CA, USA
President Judy Hardin Cheung, Santa Rosa, CA, USA UPLI President Virgilio A. Yuzon, Manila, Philippines Photos selected and edited by Judy Hardin Cheung Photos taken by Dory Maganito, Loreen Abbott, Judy Cheung These photos may be copied for promoting the World Congress of Poets, UPLI, and poetry in general. For higher resolution photos, please contact Judy Cheung at jhcheung@comcast.net

 

POETRY READINGS AND PAPER PRESENTATIONS WITH RICHARD ANGILLY AS MODERATOR

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Peggy Leyva Conley, TN, USA, Peggy also moderated for the Founder’s Contest and gave a talk on Italian Sonnets.


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Amelia Fielden, Australia, also led a workshop on Building Tanka in English


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Lê Phạm Lê, Viet Nam/USA read her poem. Later she led a workshop on the Vietnamese form of Lục bát.


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Noriko Mizusaki,Ph.D., President of the 23rd World Congress of Poets in Osaka, Japan, gave a talk on the Japanese form of Renga.


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Alisha Rodrigues read her poem and was also Secretary General of the 24th WCP


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Dr. Wanda Rider, Ph.D., read a poem. She started the Founder’s Contest and coordinated the Sonnets Workshop. She is also the executive Vice President of UPLI.



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Allegra Silberstein, CA, USA, danced her poem.



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Erin Hallisy, CA, USA



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Jiro Oba, Japan



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Weilin Fang, Nanjing, China, read his poem. Weilin was also a workshop leader on Chinese Poetry Forms.



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Elma Photikarm read her poem. She also was on the discussion panal on How to Publish Your Poetry Internationally.



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Pilar Yuzon spoke to us about our past President, Benjamin R. Yuzon.


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Shinko Fushimi, Ph.D., Japan, gave a talk on Haiku Between English and Japanese.



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To ease the “down to business” conference days of continual conference room programs, breakfast, lunch and snacks were served. Erin Hallisy and her sister, USA, get to know Jiro Oba and his wife, Haru Oba.


General comments about our formal presentations of poetry and papers of poetic interest all described the presentations as exceptionally interesting and of great value to the attending poets.

Workshops: Poetry Forms from Different Countries: choose one for a small discussion group:
How to Build a Tanka: A traditional Japanese form, led by Amelia Fielden, Australia. Techniques and structures of how to create both classical and modern tanka in English
Lục bát: Lê Phạm Lê, Viet Nam/USA with Tanya Joyce, USA,

Lục bát is uniquely Vietnamese in origin and most popular form of the Vietnamese folk poetry called Ca Dao, sung to melodies without instrumental accompaniment by ordinary people. Each six-eight couplet includes a six-syllable line and an eight-syllable line, which could be a shortest poem of fourteen words by itself. Yet any number of couplets could be linked together if desired by the folk singer/poet. Great Poet Nguyễn Du (1765-1820) wrote his 3254-line masterpiece “The Tale of Kiều” in this poetic form.

Sonnet: A family of traditional forms coordinated by Wanda Rider, Ph.D., USA.

Each type of sonnet will be explained and given an example as to type, foot and meter, end of the line rhyme scheme pattern, show the divisions and varied subject matter used.

Rex Valentine: WA, USA, Shakespearean (English) Sonnet
Peggy Conley: TN, USA, Petrarchan (Italian) Sonnet
Virgilio Yuzon: Philippines: Asian Sonnet created by Dr. Amado Yuzon, founder of
UPLI

Chinese Forms: Sonoma Room

Led by Weilin Fang, China, assisted by David Chung, Taiwan/USA, Traditional forms and current poetry of China.


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Sonnet workshop, Dr. Wanda Rider, Ph.D., (c) Memphis, Tennessee, USA, coordinated. Gil Yuzon, Manila, Philippines, (L) spoke on the Asian Sonnet created by his father and founder of UPLI, Dr. Amado Yuzon. Rex Valentine, (3rd L), Elma, Washington, USA, spoke on English sonnets.



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Peggy Conley, Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA, spoke on Italian sonnets. Everyone was able to take notes and have time to write, read and discuss their new sonnets. Each type of sonnet has a different rhyme scheme and stanza breaks. The unifying factor is they are iambic pentameter with 14 lines.



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Amelia Fielden, Buff Point, New South Wales, Australia, gave a workshop on Building a Tanka in English. Amelia is internationally known in this field, has many credentials and memberships in writing tanka, and is fluent in Japanese as well as English. She pointed out how English rules for tanka, while based on Japanese standards, are different. Everyone had a chance to write, read and discuss their tanka.



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Prof. Weilin Fang, Ph.D., Nanjing University, China, gave a workshop on Forms of Chinese poetry. Much of modern Chinese poetry does not necessarily follow the old forms, the same as English poets most commonly write free verse.



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Phạm Lê, Viet Nam/USA, (L) with Tanya Joyce, CA, USA, (R) gave a workshop on Lục Bát, a Vietnamese form. Again, everyone had a chance to learn, write, read and discuss this form which is new to most poets at the Congress. Allegra Silberstein (C) wrote a poem in Lục Bát form.



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This Lục Bát workshop turned into a Lục Bát Club. Everyone enjoyed each other and the form so much that they decided to keep in touch. We learned there are other Lục Bát clubs around the world. One, a few months previously, met in Oakland, CA, USA.

If you would like to join the Lục Bát Club, please contact Tanya Joyce, tanya@tanyajoyce.com. The group would like to become a viable organization with extended ties to other groups around the world. Poets in this original group are, L-R of R photo #66: Tanya Joyce, USA; Nancy Merritt, USA; Lê Phạm Lê, Viet Nam/USA; Peter Lee, Korea/USA; Allegra Silberstein, USA; Shinko Fushimi, Japan; and Peter Allen, USA.


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As with all our activities, the cry “Take our picture” rang out loud and often. Here, a group poses during our after-workshop snack break. L-R: (f) Eva Kohr, Bianca Yuzon, Katherine Yuzon, (b) Nanette Deetz, Cathy Dana, Peggy Conley, Gil Yuzon, Ajayakumar Kuttikutt, Wanda Rider, Pilar Yuzon. Ajayakumar was particularly happy with this meat free food break. His crusade was to advocate for the sanctity of all life, thus for being vegetarian.



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After the workshops and a snack break, each workshop group designated someone to represent them to discuss what was learned, so that everyone could share in the benefits of all of the groups. Above, Tanya Joyce reports on Lục Bát.


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Our audiences were always attentive. L-R: Nancy Arbuthnot, USA; Marie Palazzolo, USA; Shinko Fushimi, Japan; Katherine Yuzon, USA; Lee Salomon, Israel/USA.



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The only thing that could pull attention away from the speakers was the appearance of an official photographer. L-R: Elma Photikarm, Philippines/USA; Eva Kohr, USA; Peter Allen, USA Tanya Joyce, USA; Lê Phạm Lê, Viet Nam/USA; Alisha Rodrigues, USA.

Traditional California Barbeque Dinner and Program

Cambodian Dancers: Chumnum Renz, Instructor, Dancers: Alliyah Salath, Kimlong Oun, Paula Chan, Leena Keo Pilipino Dancers: Coordinator, Christie Hao, Dancers: Glenda and Whitney Ackerman (mother and daughter) performing Harvest Dance from the Visayas Region of the Philippines in thankfulness for a bountiful harvest.


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At the Tuesday Night Barbeque Buffet, Cindy Levinson, CA, USA, shows off the delightful deserts. Lexie Brown, 14 years old, wonders if she can fit some onto her plate, then come back for more. Dinner offered salads, beans, rice, chicken, hot links, macaroni & cheese, cornbread and many other delicious choices.



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Our after dinner program began with Chumnum’s Cambodian Dancers.

 

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Glenda, the mother, gave a dynamic recitation of a classical Filipino poem, much to everyone’s delight, especially the Filipino poets.


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Glenda and Whitney Ackerman, a mother daughter team gave us a Filipino harvest dance. They are from the Filipino Community of Sonoma County, Inc. (FCSCI www.filipinocommunityofsonomacounty.com).



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Kay Renz, CA, USA, Kay is also a major member of the 24th WCP local committee.

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Chumnum Renz, (L) read her original poem in Cambodian. Sopheap Hang (R) read it in English. Chumnum is the director, choreographer and teacher for Chumnum’s

Cambodian Dancers. She is also the sister-in-law of WCP local committee member and poet, Kay Renz. Chumnum and Sopheap are both from Cambodia and now live in Santa Rosa, CA, USA.


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Katharine Wilson, CA, USA, read from her book on life in a mental institution, written in iambic pentameter couplets in the form of an opera.



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Lee Salomon, Israel/USA, read her poem from a book recently published by Natica Angilly.



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Nancy Merritt, CA, USA, is also a Poetic Dancer. Her son, David Merritt, wrote the original score for Balancing on the Brink of the Present, which was performed the first night of the 24th WCP.


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Tanya Joyce, CA, USA. Tanya also gave a paper and a workshop on Labyrinth and Poetry, a Study in Motion, and assisted with Luk Bak.



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Weilin Fang, Nanjing, China. Weilin Fang also gave a workshop on Chinese Poetry Forms, and is on the UPLI Board of Directors.



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Peter Allen, CA, USA. Peter is also on the 24th WCP Local committee.


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Cathy Dana, CA, USA, introduced and read from her book My Dad Believed in Love.



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Pilar Yuzon and Wanda Rider told us about UPLI Former President Benjamin R. Yuzon.



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Elma Photikarm, Philippines/USA. Elma was also on the panel on How to Publish Your Poems Internationally. She is the founder and editor of Poems of the World.


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Rex Valentine presented Villanelles and Songs



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Natica Angilly, CA, USA presented a paper for Claire J. Baker, who could not be with us, on Creating Poetry Landmarks.


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After the festivities of the evening, the board held its formal meeting. We snapped this photo before everyone arrived. After all were present, we went to work and did not have time for another photo. We reviewed the Congress so far: It was going great! We discussed where and when to have the next Congress: Sometime in 2018, location is still undetermined. We have various possibilities, but could not make a final decision that night. Members of our board who were present: Weilin Fang, China; Rex Valentine, USA; Gil Yuzon, Philippines; Wanda Rider, USA; Natica Angilly, USA; Noriko Mizusaki, Japan. Judy Cheung, USA, took the picture. Coming in later: Rhodora (Dory) Maganito, Philippines/USA; Marie Palazzolo, USA. Unable to attend the Congress: Valerie Pennington, USA; Puntalee (Noi) Jerathun, Thailand; Alexander Chang, Australia; Dr. Kenneth Kuanling Fan, China.