Saturday, January 21, 2017

Four for the Fourth…Get Involved !!!!!

The fourth month of the calendar year is April. 

April is National Poetry Month. 




To resonate with numbers, “aadunanotes,” the official blog for the literary and visual arts journal, aaduna, will host and post four poems/day for every day of the fourth month.  That is 120 poems made available to our global, multicultural reading public.  120 poems to be discovered, enjoyed, and discussed.  120 poems that can be shared via social media.  You can make this happen. 

Participate.  

Empower "aadunanotes" to be the platform for you to share your poem with the 97 countries within our current reach.  

To be involved, the process is simple. 

Your poem can be published or unpublished.  No overall theme. No review and decision making.  One poem/poet.  First come, first served to gain an available slot.  Your poem should be submitted as a Word.doc with your name and residential locale (City, State or region/Country) in the top left corner. (No pdf.)  Please use Times New Roman font, 12 font size.  Each poem will be posted exactly as formatted. 


We strongly encourage a current “selfie” to accompany your poem (though not a requirement,) and that photo will be placed next to the poem. (Submit photo as a jpg file.)

Send your poem to info@aaduna.org, and put "4 x 4" in the subject line.

We will acknowledge receipt of the poem up to 120 poems. Please submit your poem as soon as possible, and  no later than March 12, 2017.

Four for the Fourth.  Celebrate National Poetry Month!




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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

SUBMISSION CALL!!!!!




Submission deadlines are

March 14 for the summer 2017 issue

July 15 for the fall/winter 2017 issue

November 16 for the spring 2018 issue! 


Further submission guidelines can be found at
http://www.aaduna.org/submission-process/
 

aaduna, initially published in February 2011, is currently read in 97 countries and has published the work of 250 contributors to date.

It is published under the auspices of aaduna, Inc. a registered New York State non-profit corporation and 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017







We wish you a new year of

No back, hip, or knee pain and successful surgery if that becomes your road

Finding wellness…no ear, head, or tooth aches…no other bodily discomforts.

Ability to accept the reality that age and life-style brings its own dimensions and consequences to our health that we can change, if we want to.

Willingness to listen to viewpoints that offend our sensibilities, and the ability to filter those thoughts through a process of critical thinking before arriving at a conclusion.

Taking action when necessary. Becoming involved.

Loving others because that is in our hearts even if we know that this love will not be returned to us.

Being able to say what we need to say even when the choice of words may offend the ears of those listening to what we have to say.

Being able to manifest kindness to others, even strangers, because it is the right thing to do.

Accepting blessings without questioning as to why.

Living Life to its fullest.


HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Stay creative,

bill


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

POP THE CORK! aaduna's latest issue has OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED!




aaduna's cover art:  "Oh, But They're Weird & They're Wonderful," photographer, Jimmy Giannettino (c) 2016


It has been an enchanting struggle marked by challenges and then exhilaration, a labor of love, a road of discovery - all within our self-defined time and space. The "fall" 2016 issue - Vol.6, No.3 is now available via www.aaduna.org


It is fitting that we waited for a festive holiday season, 7 days after fall transitioned to winter, to bring our gift of joy, creativity, imagination, remembrance, and wonderment to you.


Enjoy!


Lisa and I, as well as the rest of the aaduna team wish you and your loved ones a safe and celebratory start to the pending new year.


We quietly reflect on the fact that there have been 18 issues published to date, presenting well over 248 creative people as contributors, with people in 97 countries reading our publication.


We look forward to continuing our Mission in 2017! Have a Happy New Year.






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Monday, December 26, 2016

Often overlooked, but not forgotten




Kwanzaa, an annual December holiday tradition spanning several days (December 26 – January 1,) has always encompassed a celebration of family, community, and culture.  It is a secular festivity that is inclusive for all cultures even though its roots are grounded in African-American nuances associated with Africa, as the Motherland.  Founded by educator, scholar and community activist, Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa has seven principles that are recognized by lighting a candle on the day associated with a specific principle.  Since these ideals have been pertinent to my life and the structural foundation for aaduna, I share with you: 


Umoja                         Unity

Kujichagulia               Self-Expression

Ujima                          Collective Work and Responsibility

Ujamaa                       Cooperative Economics

Nia                               Purpose

Kuumba                      Creativity

Imani                           Faith


Self-imagined and hand-made gifts (the preference) are exchanged between family members and friends on the last day of Kwanzaa at a social gathering marked by home-cooked food and diverse libations.


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From our perspective, it is fitting to bring our introductions of forthcoming aaduna contributors to closure on Kwanzaa’s first day.  On this first day of recognizing the spirit of Unity, as well as the other principles, we proudly present 

Patricia Roth Schwartz (photo provided)




Patricia Roth Schwartz a poet, writer and earth angel who has dedicated a significant portion of her life to enriching the spirit, intellect, and hidden creativity of incarcerated individuals at the Auburn Correctional Prison (a maximum security facility.) Ms. Schwartz will grace our pages with her poem, “Outside Auburn Prison.”  Here is the opening stanza:  
 


January's sky hovers, quilted pale
with storm-laden cloud lit by floodlights
that drown the moon; the charcoal pencil
of night sketches in outline
a bi-centenarian maple older and taller
than this fortress it rises beside: January's sky hovers, quilted pale
with storm-laden cloud lit by floodlights
that drown the moon; the charcoal pencil
of night sketches in outline
a bi-centenarian maple older and taller
than this fortress it rises beside:


 



William C. Blome brings two pieces to aaduna’s Vol.6 No.3 issue. There is a gracefulness in the manner in which he weaves and connects words to entice us to read more. Here are excerpts from his fiction, “A Soft Radiant Smile” followed by a snippet from “Views:”



            But at the exact point he was drawing his hand away, she spat a curse all over him, and he immediately had to drop the now-boiling-hot sapphires. Rather than physically attack the foreign girl (which Andrew and I thought was about to happen), the old dude ignored the pain of his too-slow-cooling hand and stooped down even further, looking all around for the jewels in the mud.

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            I could also see a woman in a red dress shaking her arm (or her finger) at a man in black. Both folks were standing near the property’s front door, and both looked disputatious and confrontational by the stolid way in which they stood and faced one another. Oh, I might be subconsciously transferring some of what I’d heard about the Beakers to what I was now witnessing—I have to admit that—because for all I really know, the red lady and the black gentleman might not even be Beakers. And because all of this is the result of just my observation, it can’t, of course, be corroborated by any other lifter.


 
Rich Tijerina (photo provided)



Rich Tijerina’s work in the forthcoming issue of aaduna may be his first publication. An iconoclastic individual, his work is compelling and intriguing. Here is an excerpt from his “Virtues of Narcissism:”



Amerith



Our trophy German Shephard

Went rabid over a thicket

At the foothills of the Wasatch Mtns



So much so

On the way back

I decided to inspect the spot



What I first thought were sticks too numerous to be bones

Were bones so numerous that one would think they were sticks




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aaduna’s Vol.6 No. 3 is waiting to come at you!



Get ready, HERE WE COME!!!!!!!



bill





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aaduna - a timeless exploration into words and images - is a globally read, multi-cultural, and diverse online literary and visual arts journal established in 2010.  Visit us at www.aaduna.org where we put measurable actions to our words.





Help us build community!  Share with your friends,  "like" our Aaduna-Inc facebook page and follow us on twitter @ aadunaspeaks !  


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