Showing posts from April 22, 2018

Rock the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance…close to 100 years later….It is NEVER too late to embrace pivotal legacies…and pertinent American history!

“We’re gonna rock this town, rock it inside out, we’re gonna rock this town, make ‘em scream and shout...”
Well, truth be told, I was never a member of “Stray Cats” (though I saw and chatted with band members at some airport while waiting to board a plane, on one of my travels to some destination in the world.) Their Eighties hit, “Rock This Town,” from their 1982 album “Built for Speed,” was a top ten hit in the U.S.; reached the same standing in the UK in 1981, and influences aaduna’s 2018 plan for its annual fundraiserat the Carriage House Theater in Auburn, NY on May 24th.
aadunawill rock the house with intriguing words and interpretative music in the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance as it continues its fundraiser tradition (the 4th,) which is a special free-standing supplement to the bi-monthly “word, revisited” literary series hosted by the Cayuga Museum, Olive Trees and aaduna.

So how will aaduna accomplish its singular statement of rocking “this town?”…

“Avenues” explore poetry on this Wednesday

There are times when brevity is poignant, memorable, and define the human complexities.Fred Chandler’s poem serves those purposes.

Knotted Truce

When the stomach was burning Not from the served spicy food
But the rotting meat of soldiers
Sending the carnivorous eaters
Into a vertiginous of fitful states
The meal was set upon despair
Upon long ago abandoned land
Only pale hands greet the dawn
Many inners retch out sanctuary
As a soul passes by only to help

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After 10 years of writing poetry, Fred Chandler has amassed an oeuvre of work that is profound in its ability to portray our world in language that is at once lyrical and generous. From his two chapbooks, A Flying Frog and X Factor to publishing poems in anthologies over the last decade, as well as in literary journals, Fred has established himself as a tour de force in Los Angeles’ poetry scene. 

At Beyond Baroque in Venice, Fred has been reading his poetry on stage for audiences throughout the decade. Two spoken word albums later, Fred Sp…