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National Poetry Month...Giovanni Rentas "speaks."
In the Second Anniversary issue, aaduna will
kick-off publishing spoken word artists whose poetry is at its best when
performed. We will publish two of Giovanni's pieces in print and provide a
video of him performing those pieces as well as two others that we will not
print. In this way, our readership can see the dynamism of seeing and hearing
spoken word versus reading, the same work in a printed format.(Tim
Ogene, our recently appointed contributing editor for poetry, will offer his
insights and advice on this burgeoning style of poetic expression in the
non-fiction section of the journal.)
To continue our celebration of National Poetry
Month, we are sharing the unedited version of "Enough" in print.You are encouraged to check out Giovanni’s performance
of this piece in the forthcoming issue.You
can then judge your reaction to seeing and hearing the vibrancy of spoken word poetry.
told us we had to start
Stacking ketchup and
Neatly into their
Neatly one by one!!
One by one!!
When I saw
Of my fellow
Were of the Latin
So one day
They can have
When the man I was
A man I never seen or
Commanded me by
"hey you scrape this gum off my floor"
Or you’re fired!!!
I know I wrote
Giovanni on the application when I got
When they told me
All I will amount to
Is the change I count
"Your change is
Because of you
Never will my days,
Be filled with
Slaving In a hot box
With jail dimensions
Of 5 feet,
And hotdog grills,
Stepping in my own
Which was knee deep!!
In this hell they
don't repair your broken back
They replace it
Your life is worth
Don't waste it
Bendiciones will come
For the chains have
N.B. "Bendiciones" means blessings.
ANNIVERSARY ISSUE IS COMING…SOON…ARE YOU EXCITED?