Thursday, April 23, 2015

Desi is not necessarily Desi when it involves aaduna and National Poetry Month

Desi or more formally Desiree is not the Desi more formally known as Desiderio who played the husband (Ricky) of Lucy Ricardo in the situation comedy series, “I Love Lucy.”

Desi St. Amant is a poet whose poems of power and enlightenment will generate reflection, understanding, and appreciation for the things in life that many of us take for granted.
Seneca Lake State Park, Geneva, NY (c) April 2015, Photographer, Lisa Brennan

Here is a teaser from her soon to be released poem, “Every Spring”

With each winter
comes a shedding
a sort of forgetting
of the year’s growth, labored through love.
The pained drop of each
shriveled leaf from this grand tree—
a quiet, steady loss of
a once effortless strength—
piles on the ground, baring a
collection of affections that have since gone dry.

It stands, determined,
with its exposed branches stark
against the pale, chilled sky,
for absolution amidst the rain.

"Spring Tulips," (c) 2015, Lisa Brennan, Photographer
Read the rest of “Every Spring” along with two of her other works, “Sunrise Villas” and “Half and Half” in the soon to be released spring 2015 issue of aaduna.

Desiree St. Amant or simply Desi will come at you shortly in the upcoming 5th anniversary/Spring 2015 soon to launch! 

Get excited!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

National Poetry Month...Bertrand....aaduna = Words with Power

Poetry has the power to captivate and intrigue.  In the forthcoming issue of aaduna, Marthe-Elise Bertrand will bring you into her world of words and magic.

Here is one of her poems, "Deep Rest."  {Three others will grace the pages of aaduna...coming at you in a few weeks.}

~Deep Rest~

I tell myself
That they don't care what I do,
But I can't
Get myself to care less about that.
I dwell on the idea that
I, too don't even care what I do
And for once I don't feel any sadness
About wanting to die
Or the idea of being gone.
At times
When I want to die
It's like there's no emotion attached
I feel nothing as if I’ve
Already left my body
And the transition-
The transition had been in progress
The moment I realized a void
That something was missing
And I have no idea what it is.
My soul will slowly detach itself
From this body because
Nothing in this world could suffice.
Perhaps what's missing is
Calling or waiting or pulling me
On the other side.
I wonder if the emptiness I feel
Is a preview of what happens
When soul leaves body.
I force myself to socialize
Because I don't want society
To cast me away from its people.
I drag myself around
And struggle to keep a happy face
Because I’d rather not
Try to explain my situation
The very predicament
That I myself don't even understand.
It's natural
ormal for others to
Just be fully in this world
While I accumulate chemical substances
In my body just so that I
Too, can be normal,
But that's all a condition
That was engraved in the psyche.
And until I abort this notion
I will be worrying about others'
Acceptance of myself
Instead of realizing that the separation
I crave is a preparation for the transition
When my soul will deeply rest.


Watch out for Marthe-Elise Bertrand! aaduna's upcoming issue is scheduled to launch at the end of this month.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

aaduna, da Costa, and National Poetry Month….

Gonzalinho da Costa’s poems will embrace the pages of aaduna’s forthcoming spring 2015 issue with a launch date towards the end of National Poetry Month, which is this month...April!

With permission of the poet, we celebrate POETRY with a da Costa poem followed by his brief narrative that will enhance your understanding of an aspect of Filipino culture and tradition.


I held him by his slender neck

To pierce him under his chin

And saw white sap trickle forth

Like milk spills from a tin.

I shook him strongly by his thigh

To feel him flail like a fish

And heard his hands’ helpless sigh

Like sand shaken in a dish.

I bravely bent his youthful bone,

Which sprang with a painful cry—

I wondered how one so green and wet

Should so resemble I—

For I am brown and dry.

Gonzalinho da Costa shares:

“Rice is a symbol of Southeast Asia—kindly note, for example, the bound rice sheaf in the ASEAN logo. Malays, who include, principally, Malaysians, Indonesians, and Filipinos, consider themselves a “brown” race.

The poem “The Rice Plant” merges three motifs into a single identity—the rice plant, the “brown” Malay race, and the speaker in the poem.

In my personal experience, Americans do not understand the “tin” metaphor in the poem. For many decades after the Second World War, Filipinos obtained their milk in tin cans, or simply, tins. The way to open the tin is to puncture it on top on opposite sides using a single-blade can opener. When the can is stabbed, milk squirts out the way sap flows from the green head of a rice plant. Canned milk is still widely purchased in the Philippines. I believe most Americans today obtain their milk from cartons.”

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Don’t Believe Me Just Watch…It will be Sold Out…Don’t be sorry! Get your ticket(s) NOW.

Tickets for the aaduna, Inc. 2015 Harlem Renaissance…Revisited fundraiser are now available via PayPal or by check or money order payable to aaduna, Inc. and mailed to aaduna, Inc. SFR, 144 Genesee Street, Suite 102-259, Auburn, NY 13021.  

You do not want to miss uptown (upstate) poets and writers weave magic along with their downtown (downstate – NYC) colleagues.  The collective readings/performances will embrace you, and pull you into a world of creative words that will intrigue, challenge, embellish, and make your spirit feel good!  The music will have you tapping your feet.
Don't believe me?

The FIRST 25 people to order tickets online PLUS the FIRST 25 people to send a check and/or money order will get one FREE aaduna, limited edition tee-shirt (your choice of color: black or gray…one size only: large) that will be held at the door.  Of course, this offer ends when we reach capacity seating and then standing room…so we may not reach the FIRST 50 people.  You are warned and advised!  And you know what happens when you put things off and wait. 

We can’t emphasize enough that we expect this event to be SOLD OUT. 

Don’t believe me?

JUST WATCH!!!!     

~ bill

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Poetry Publishing Opportunity - Please Share

Dear aaduna contributors and friends,

The Georgia Review recently announced the third annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize---$1,000 and publication in The Georgia Review for a single poem, originally written in English and never before published either in print or online. The submission period is 1 April 2015–15 May 2015, with the winning poem to be announced on 15 August 2015 and published in the Spring 2016 issue. Poems may be submitted online or by post.

For more information, visit their website:

Send them your work, and tell others in your network about the prize.

For further information:

Jenny Gropp
Managing Editor
The Georgia Review
706A Main Library
320 S. Jackson Street
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Austin Festival continues…

That’s right!
Austin C. Morgan (c) 2015 (Photo Provided)

While you may have thought the festival ended, Austin Morgan returns with another intriguing story, “The Embers of Dusk” the second installment of a four part series that may rest with the overall title, "The Automatic Orchestra" when it is in book form.  For now, we simply refer to these stories as the "Melancholy Quartet."   

Austin's first story with aaduna, “Julie Templeton and the AutomaticOrchestra,” was published in aaduna's summer 2014 issue, and it tantalized our readers.  His second piece is an ambitious piece of story- telling that once again shows Mr. Morgan's mastery of words, narrative imagery, and movement through space and time.    

So, let the festival continue.  Austin returns in aaduna's upcoming 5th anniversary-spring 2015 issue scheduled for publishing this month!

Here’s an unedited teaser from “Embers…”

                                                             The Birth of Féna

            Upon the series of discoveries made in regard to the “New World” of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the land that was the “New World” was the cause of great debate and dispute among the century’s ruling nations; Spain wanted colonization, England wanted a new field in which to practice industrialization, and the newly-formed Rodinian Empire wanted to expand its great reaches of power by declaring the “New World” a Rodinian society. 

            As fate would have it, beginning in the year of 1701, a number of battles were fought upon the soil of the “New World” between Spain and England, which was now acting on behalf of the Rodinians who, in turn, had promised England a large portion of the land to use as “industrial fields.” 

            The Coastal Battle of 1705 had seen the Englishmen retreat in defeat as Spain began to construct housing developments and army posts along the eastern shorelines of the New World. 

            Spanish conquistador Roman Peurlez lead troops into a particularly bloody battle against the British in the Battle of 1709, which lasted for nearly two years, ending in yet another British retreat in 1711. 

Austin Morgan's story will continue in the next issue of aaduna!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

When writing and reading is a Joy to share....

And we wanted to share this particular "joy" with you.  After perusing "Trainless," you may be prompted to submit your work; add this online magazine to your reading list, and share this find with friends.  We hope you do one of the three. 
Trainless Magazine is an online literary magazine focusing on travel and the unique ways of learning about different cultures. We publish 12 issues a year, with fiction and nonfiction pieces from both emerging and well read writers. Please submit work between 500 and 2,000 words through our submission manager at:
aaduna thanks Kristyn Bacon, founder and editor of Trainless Magazine.