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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.
Enough


I awoke


When "they" told us we had to start

Stacking ketchup and mustard …

National Poetry Month...the party continues...Welcome Dr. Changming Yuan

Changming Yuan provides a “short take” reflection from his portfolio of work.  Read how he orchestrates the interaction between words and imagery. We look forward to the poetry that he is bringing to aaduna’s Second Anniversary issue in a few weeks.


Amidst Morning Mists





Unable to endure constant burning

The suffering souls finally find their ways

Out of the topsoil, trying

To rise together

With the summer sun




Yet they are all shot

With its very first needles

Into the darkest moment of last night

Where the ghosts of the newly dead, the invisible

Linger on, staring at one another

No one knows how many of them

Were still holding their authentic

Human shapes, how many of them

Became deformed, agonizing

Between pools of stinking blood

And piles of rotten flesh




Read more of Changming's work…soon…you just have to wait…patience is really a virtue !


Darby-Newton Kicks it for National Poetry Month

Kimberlynne Darby-Newton has found her home with aaduna.Here is an excerpt, or as we like to say, a “short take” from one of her poems that will grace the Second Anniversary issue:

The Lesson

Won't use his name
But he changed me.
Montgomery, Alabama
Not exactly an incubator
Of tolerance
They were just "sissies"
To us.
Undeserving of any scorn,
Noticeably different
But just there
With us.
Everything
Would have probably stayed same

If not for him

Most handsome man met
Liquid eyes, spilling
Sweet, funny, tender
We bonded over
Snark and humor and smart
I Crushed harder
Than unknown elements
Until, I said the "word"
One day
Tossed blithely, proving cool
Saw liquid eyes dulled, by friends’ betrayal
Considerate enough
To spare my feelings
For hurting HIS feelings
He let the night end genially
But I was savvy enough to know
What I'd thrown away!




There is more to “The Lesson”…you will just have to wait…the Second Anniversary issue is coming…we don’t mean to tease…but….