So…How do you do April in the throngs of “19?”
Why do noted national public health officials, front line doctors and nurses (and some major employers) state that it is risky, if not deadly, to reopen any economy by May 1 without a proactive testing regimen in place prior to opening of workplaces?
Is the world watching? Listening? Observing? Each other?
So, how do you April in the throngs of “19?”
Will you watch baseball being played in a fan-less stadium?
Eat at a restaurant where your temperature is tested before entering and your servers wear masks and gloves? Any will you demand access to the kitchen to ensure that your dinner is being prepared with your safety in mind?
Will you maintain physical distancing until there is a proven, safety and effective vaccine even if that solution is more than a year away?
How do you April?
aaduna aprils April by continuing to provide relevant information and pertinent poetry that may soothe your senses and slow your breathing to a more pleasant pace; lessen your fear and anxieties even if it is for a brief moment in time. And will plan to enhance that experience with jazz in a literary essay kinda way. But in this moment…
Flo Au is a former aaduna contributor and is always on point when she offers intriguing viewpoints and perspectives that can be shared to maintain sanity. She resides in the vibrant City of Hong Kong and more importantly, she loves to write. Her fiction and poem pieces are published in a number of literary journals. Her recent piece has also been nominated for Best Small Fictions 2019 and Pushcart Prize 2019.
Readers may know National Poetry Month is recognized every April. The recognition was created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets to broaden awareness and appreciation of this literary genre. While the current pandemic has closed schools, teachers cannot bring poetry into the classroom; reading poems, at best, is a social media event in the privacy of the poet’s residential space devoid of a live audience though Zoom or live streaming tries to ameliorate that “distancing.” And then there are those adventurous initiatives that present poetry online daily or sporadically throughout April.
The original Jazz Awareness Month was birthed by the Louisiana Jazz Federation in New Orleans in 1980. Late to the game but still relevant, John Hasse, who in 2001 was curator of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, inaugurated Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) as an ongoing recognition of jazz as an unique and original American art form to be recognized in April and starting in 2001 as the modern day evolution of the 1980 Jazz Awareness Month.
So, how do you April?
As an adventurous entity, aaduna has been presenting daily poetry and the creatives behind the work while providing commentary on the state of the world and especially the “19” plight in the United States.
We presented visual images of New Orleans and its imprint on American culture and global sensibilities to remind us what was and what can be experienced after the storm.
And in a few days, as we will continue heralding poetry with the added celebration of Jazz through the eyes of a jazz fan and aaduna contributing editor, Austin Morgan. He will share his essays detailing his top ten jazz recordings. Stay tuned.
So how do you get into the jazz game?