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I suspect the overwhelming majority of us grew up with
having stories told or read to us when we were children.For those of us who are now parents, we routinely
carried on this activity across family generations, from our children to their
children - our grandchildren.And if we
are blessed with acuity in advanced age, we continue to tell stories to our
great, grandchildren and remind the generations before them, including ourselves, of stories buried
in the recesses of memories.
For most cultures, an oral
tradition encompasses stories, tales, fables, family history and legacies, and
chronicles our very existence.But, we
rarely get a glimpse of whom and what situations is behind the storyteller…the
motivations, learned wisdom and respect for elders.
So without heralding the blasting
of trumpets and ornate fanfares, I invite you to read my Conversation with Kenneth G. Gary starting on Friday, March 6 –
March 13 at www.aaduna.org.Click on
Scott Laudati has a voracious appetite for weaving
words into subtle forms, never lingering on or catering to artificiality or
pretense.His “HAWAIIAN SHIRTS in the
ELECTRIC CHAIR” erupts into a road trip through life where he masters love,
despair, hopelessness, sentimentality, courage, and stark realities.Laudati’s poems slap you in the face with kid
gloves and the emotional ambiance lingers in the corners of your consciousness,
waiting for your re-assessment….
An aaduna contributor and participant in
last year’s “In the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance” fundraiser at Bill’s Place
in Harlem/NYC, Scott’s book of poems is now available on Amazon.