Short takes...# 6

It is human nature to forget past events whether there is tragedy or celebration. On today's date, October 23, in the years noted, the following occurred:

Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's autopsy reveals that he was killed by a gunshot wound to the head

If trends in diet and exercise continue, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project estimate 1 in 3 adult Americans will have diabetes by 2050

Clarence Thomas, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
George Harrison releases "Best of Dark Horse 1976 - 1989" album
Suicide terrorist truck bomb kills 241 U.S. personnel in Beirut
Nixon agrees to turn over White House tape recordings to Judge Sirica
NAACP petition on racism, "An Appeal to the World" presented to UN
1st steam locomotive is introduced
1st plastic surgery is performed (England)
Failed coup against emperor Napoleon
Continental Congress approves resolution barring Blacks from army
aaduna introduces two fall 2012 contributing poets and a visual artist to its readership.  

Burnell A. McLeod

 Burnell A. McLeod enjoys reading, writing, drawing and learning about new things and hopes to share his artwork with the public one day.  For this aaduna issue, he shares his poem “CONTRADICTIONS of self.”  Here’s a short take:



                  I’ve lived

               I drugged

                  I’ve watched

               I covered

                  I’ve tainted

               I had

                  I’ve wanted

               I believed


Abhishek Rath

Abhishek Rath is a native of Orissa, India.  Published in several national and international journals, as well as Indian anthologies, Abhishek‘s work in the next issue is "The Pain of My Pen."  Here's a glimpse of his work: 

Inside my secluded tenement,
With the tenacious hold of poetic desire,
Holding my pen, eulogizing its nib,
I strive to write rhythmic lines...

The Pen indites supreme lines,
But in the protracted payroll,
The pen-holder's name is never seen.
This my pen protests every time...


Yuge Zhou
Yuge Zhou is visual artist who will continue to grow in stature as she explores her full range of creative potential.  She provided the photograph for the current issue cover and this particular work has an edginess, sensuality and ethereal quality.  These attributes enable the viewer to embrace and understand the complexities of her subject matter.  Yuge is able to permeate her range of work with these characteristics while staying true to photographic nuances and artistic frameworks.  Ms. Zhou will exhibit her work in the Second Anniversary/winter-spring 2013 aaduna issue scheduled for launch in late February.  Then, you will have more than just a glimpse and short take.