Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Would You Be Able to Stand on One Foot?

Photo by: Lisa Brennan, aaduna visual arts editor

While we wanted to publish an excerpt before it was officially released and the author was willing, we allowed other tasks to get in our way.  Last year, I read the finished, unedited manuscript, and received in today’s mail the softbound copy of Neal Raisman’s Standing On One Foot 70 Pieces on Death, Grief and Finding Balance in Life (The Administrator’s Bookshelf, 86 N Cassady Avenue, Columbus, OH 43209, www.adminbookshelf.com.

I have known Neal and his family since the early Nineties and knew Isaac, his son, who died at the age of 26 in 2005.  [I placed dirt on Isaac’s casket.]  The book chronicles in a very intimate and conversational way, the path Neal, his wife Aileen, and their daughter Shana were propelled to take as a result of Isaac’s unexpected passing.  It is a poignant story, one that you might not expect.

Here is a brief excerpt from the opening page:

Most books on grief and the death of a child tend to work in the mode of a journey from great pain, grief and then some sort of recovery into life. This book may not fully be one like that though it does finally get to some sort of new status in life. But maybe not a full recovery which may not exist. I am not at all sure that there is real revival or full mending from the loss of a child. If there is, I fully admit I have not yet wholly found it. ~ Neal Raisman, author

I recommend that you read this book because it is, in the “final analysis,” a testament to life, joy, appreciating the present, the ability to stand on one foot and a vibrant, intriguing read.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

aaduna Spring 2014 Fundraiser ~ We need your Support!

 Fundraiser: Sunday, May 18th, Bill's Place/Harlem, NY
The Council of Literary Magazines & Presses [clmp] and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) awarded aaduna, Inc. a capacity building grant to mount spring 2014 fundraisers, one in New York City (May 18th) and the other in Auburn, New York. (May 29th)

Tickets are limited.  If attending either event, secure your spot today via Pay Pal:  

 We understand that many of our supporters and readers are geographically unable to attend either of these events.  However, as a public, charity-supported organization, we have to document our worth to maintain our tax-exempt status.  And charitable donations are a critical and proof positive way to articulate public support for what we do, which is to provide a viable platform for emerging and established poets, writers, and visual artists to present their work to the global community.  aaduna is a crucial and vibrant conduit to present voices and visions often denied access to the world of publishing and a national and international audience to enjoy and assess their work.  

Fundraiser: Thursday, May 29th at Theater Mack/Auburn, NY

aaduna needs your financial support…Now.

Donate $15, $25, $50, $75, $100 or more before May 31, 2014.  You can donate via Pay Pal

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Your support is needed and critical.

Thank you. And stay creative!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

New Players on the Scene

Banwa Team:  Theodora Ravago & Chris Gannon (photo provided)
In a few days, we will officially launch our Third Anniversary winter/spring 2014 issue. And with that publication, we will premier our new look and design. The skills and creativity of the Banwa team collaborated with us to bring you - our contributors and readers - a contemporary and exciting re-design, and functionality to our web site. Indigo Graphics and Design, based in Baltimore, Maryland, started the ball rolling in 2011 with our premier issue and its work made a lasting impact on how literary journals should look and feel.  Now, Banwa brings its interpretation of aaduna to you. 

aaduna thanks Nia Rock who championed support from the Sovereign Bank Foundation whose grant award made this web site initiative possible and in doing so, strengthened our ability to reach deeper into the various communities served by Sovereign Bank.

aaduna has a proven track record of identifying new and emerging artists and creative people. 

That momentum led us to Banwa, a web site design company started in 2013.  Based in Syracuse, New York, the Banwa team of Theodora Ravago and Christopher Gannon will enable aaduna to continue its Mission to present poets, writers and visual artists on a platform that engages our readership and prompts folks to share the publication with others who may not know about us. In addition, their savvy understanding of social media will prompt us to continue exploring the possibilities of presenting creative work in a technological environment.    

The Banwa work…our new issue…is coming at you. 

We appreciate your patience and hope you enjoyed meeting the contributors to the Third Anniversary issue via our various promotional blog postings. 

We toast and thank the expanding aaduna community of poets, writers, artists, and readers!

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

APRIL is National Poetry Month

Send a poem to your social media contacts.

Post a poem with us on our new Aaduna, Inc facebook page! 

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Share a poem with those you love.

Read a poem and just reflect.

And be on the look out for these other poets who will grace the next issue of aaduna:

Erika Donald

Christine M. Donofrio

Dr. Ho Cheung (Peter) Lee

Edward Mendes

Joann Quiñones

aaduna celebrates poetry and salutes poets everywhere who make life more enchanting and intriguing.

The Third Anniversary winter/spring 2014 issue coming in…you guessed it…National Poetry Month…real soon!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Meet poets, Noor and Williamson: Complexity and Grace for aaduna's upcoming winter/spring issue!

Poet, Noorulain Noor  (photo provided)
There is a detached elegance regarding Noorulain Noor’s work.  Her pieces titter on elegance and simplicity with rich layers of hued emotional context and vivid portrayals. Here are brief excerpts from her work in the winter/spring 2014 issue:

from Holiday House

She traced circles on her palm as she told

us the stories of her youth and the fold

in the fabric of history that broke

a nation, birthed two, and many a folk-

tale of love and triumph, battle and loss,

and back to the time she walked across

an intangible border in the land,

the signature of a powerful hand….

from Atonement

…Maybe I would find you then

on an indistinguishable road of this metropolis,

see you from afar and recognize

your eyes and the wrinkle between them,

the one I sewed and kissed and loved. But,

in the clamor of people and their voices,

will you hear me when I call your name?...

Read Noor's complete works plus Weatherman in our next issue.

Dr. Ernest Williamson III, PhD

Ernest Williamson III, PhD dares to be different with a seasoned poetic voice that articulates passion, triumph and crystallizes the human spirit.  His work engages and invites reflection and discussion.  Here are a few excerpts from his work:

from Peeling Gray Apples

acid from my eyes
melts the snow.
hemlock and bonfires erupt
in mid-air.
spoken word
poetry has lifted callow bricks,
brick red
dead roads
leading to what we reap;

from Rant of an Old Wiccan Lady

mention me in love;

after you make love to the silhouette of my dress.

hint with husk after these maroon breasts

may the maiden milk you tasted as a child

bring you under the callow lament of my professed niceties.

my thighs are yours and mine….

Read his complete work plus Danielle’s Denial…coming soon.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Realism Coming Straight at Ya! aaduna Welcomes contributors Boyd and Carter!

Dennis R. Boyd, Jr.  (photo provided)
Dennis R. Boyd, Jr., known as D.J. writes with a realism and down-to-earth sensibilities that are refreshing and unpredictable. Boyd has lived a life that could be a character in the classic literature that he continues to enjoy reading. While we are just teasing you, his bio and full story is coming in aaduna's upcoming issue. Here is a brief excerpt, from the opening of his short story, "Michael:"

Annie sipped her latte and lit a cigarette. “Why the hell am I wasting such a beautiful Saturday morning talking to someone I really don’t like, about something I really don’t want to talk about,” she wondered in silence. She exhaled a lungful of smoke into the waking city above and died another tiny, private death.

Across from her, Caroline slouched and chomped at her bagel like a cow chewing cud, gnashing and smacking on the same bite for her customary twenty-eight chews. It was the number recommended in some magazine article Caroline had read concerning the improvement of gastrointestinal functions. She had far less gas these days, and swore by the method.

“Michael’s an ass,” Caroline finally decided, informing Annie of her verdict in a disinterested sigh before slumping back into her wicker chair.

B. Lynn Carter (photo provided)

B. Lynn Carter is a writer, influencer, founder of a writing support group and hails from that part of New York that must have The in front of its name. Think Yankee Stadium, the origins and innovations in hip hop, graffiti art etc. Soon you will also think Carter. Her work has been published in several journals, and here is a quick clip from her story set to appear in the next issue of aaduna titled "One Wild Ride:"


I never quite knew exactly how I came to my comprehension of Spanish. Probably hanging out with my Puerto Rican friends had a lot to do with it. Whatever the reason, it was something that made me feel unique. In a time when there were many fewer Spanish speaking people in the city, who looked to be of African descent, I was a “secret agent”. I was “down low” “under cover” with my secret ability to crack that code. How I loved stepping up to translate for some poor “communicationally challenged” person. In those moments I was a super hero. There were many such occasions when I felt my Spanish empowered me. But there is this one time in particular that really stands out in my mind.

Once again, I was on the subway. It was some years later and by then the subway had become my least favorite place to be. Gone was the music. My personal inner music had been replaced by big loud boom boxes that other people were “good” enough to play for all the rest of us, whether we wanted to hear it or not.
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Check out the rest of Boyd’s and Carter’s stories in aaduna's upcoming issue - SOON TO LAUNCH!!!!!!

D.J. and B.  Oh my YES!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wonderful is Boodoo-Fortuné & Christopher H. Gorrie

Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné is a poet and artist.  As an artist, she creates vibrant multi-colored and subtle hued work that is mystical, romantic and enchanting.  Danielle will exhibit several images in the winter/spring 2014 issue so we will tease you with only one of her pieces:

"The Deer Goddess," Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné (c) 2014
You have a visual delight coming at you in a few days and you will remember Boodoo-Fortuné.       


Christopher H. Gorrie is a 21st century Renaissance Man. His artistic interests span the spectrum of cultural ideas and he illuminates these areas with vision, intelligence and focus.

Here is a teaser from his poem:

“On a Marriage that Was to Take Place atop Half

Dome in Yosemite National Park

for Nick and Katie”

“I think it was Auden who whined, “Marriage is rarely bliss,”
though he lightened the phrase by encapsulating it in the context of modern physics –
namely, at least it has the ability to take place,
and that should be enough to bring bliss equal to Buddha’s Emptiness.

So, I'm happy our call got
for the dial tone was
the pithiest aphorism on marriage any sentient life could've produced.”

An excerpt from Gorrie is not enough.  A single work from Boodoo-Fortuné is not enough.

We know.  More to come!     
aaduna’s winter/spring 2014 issue coming soon.  WATCH FOR IT!