Curtain-Up…the encore


For the past few weeks, we have presented and teased readers with blurbs and excerpts for the forthcoming spring issue. We have even hinted at closure of these promo verbs. Well, as we all know, there are times when surprises are welcome and enjoyed. In that spirit, we present two poetry creatives whose work will grace the spring issue:


Kiel M. Gregory (photo provided)

Kiel M. Gregory will have four poems in the issue, and here is the opening to:

Shopping Cart Asks Me How I Feel

 Some of my friends haven’t written

since we’ve all been alone

in our respective homes,

and they tell me they’re scared

they’re not writers anymore.

I’m just glad they’re alive

to tell me of their fears. I tell them

watching porn and reading fiction and drawing

stick figures are all productive activities.


You will have to wait to read “Chemically Induced for Intubation,” and “A Heard.”



Howard Nelson (photo provided)

Howard Nelson is a stalwart presence in aaduna’s ongoing existence. He has read at every annual fundraiser and his work has graced prior issues. He will present three poems, “Dropping The Pickle,” “Some Bring Tears,” and “Walking In The Cemetery.” Here is the opening to “Dropping….”

On our walk around the neighborhood,
we stop and have lunch at the Lincoln Diner. 
It is not too early, at three years old,
for her to be introduced to the pleasures
of this place.  The small diner
on Lincoln Street
with its clutch of tables
and its counter lined with people
of all ages, and various vocations—
college students, guys in work clothes,
a pair of cops, a couple of guys
in business suits, and old guys
wearing baseball caps—
male and female, white and of color,
large and small.
The waitress is well tattooed.
A democratic crowd. 
Walt Whitman would like it here,
and not just because it’s named Lincoln.

Howard recently participated in a remote event titled “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” inspired by the Walt Whitman poem of the same title where Whitman mused “on time, our interconnectedness, and the transcendent power of art.” Nelson read his own poem and writings where he noted “the {historic} poem’s kinesthetic quality….” This event primarily juxtaposed photographs of the NYC harbor by pinhole photographer, Stefan Killen. The presentation highlighted the power of visual art supplemented by poetic words to inform and enrich the human spirit. Whitman scholar Karen Karbiener hosted this event.


The aaduna spring issue will be launching soon!  

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