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Copeland or Copeland’s
I had the opportunity to work in Harlem in the early
Seventies and then again in the early Eighties putting in a 4 year stretch
during each decade. Recently, a word association came to me and reminded me of
Copeland’s restaurant on 145th Street off Broadway in Harlem. Considered the Heart and Soul of Harlem
dining, the restaurant served up soul food with a New Orleans flavor for 50
years. Like all great eating places, it had
a diverse array of characteristics that included popular signature dishes,
welcoming ambiance, high end catering, and a great community feel that spurned
a boatload of regular and dedicated customers.
Deborah Copeland (photo provided)
So what is the word association, my thought
connection? In aaduna's coming spring 2016
issue, we will publish poetry by Deborah Copelandwho brings a diverse array of creative talent that has started to nurture
a committed fan base. Deborah is
achieving literary status because her poetry, plays, essays and other literary
pathways have made a soulful connection to the hearts and minds of her
readers. While aaduna initially planned to present three of her poems, another
entity (The Commonline Journal) beat us to the punch with “For Those At Work.” However,
there is enough Copeland for all of us to savor. Here are the opening lines of her poem, “To
You Who Read These Lines,”
I share your gaze and the haze of my wish,
Your eye meeting my I; your inner thought,
Your self-same person, not myself and mine:
That I may share a space with you in you -
Make sure you read Copeland’s work in the spring issue of aaduna coming your way by the end of this month.
And like Copeland’s, this Copeland is a gem and a growing creative institution
for us to cherish and support!
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