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"Broughton Street" a.k.a. "Bebop Street" by Luther E. Vannn from ELEMENTAL, The Power of Illuminated Love
Mar.23.2009
Savannah Literary Journal
This second part of LETTERS FROM THE SOUL features my response to the previous letter from Bruce. Aberjhani Brother Bruce: Peace.  Since last communicating with you, I went on assignment for ESSENCE Magazine for 4 months to work on a story which started out as a simple piece about exchange visits between the people of  the U.S.' southern coast and those of ...
Column
"Broughton Street" a.k.a. "Bebop Street" art by Luther E. Vann from ELEMENTAL, The Power of Illuminated Love.
Mar.21.2009
Savannah Literary Journal
  When the mother of a former prison inmate asked me to correspond with her incarcerated son to help encourage his creative endeavors, I did not hesitate to say yes because she was a good friend. I also hoped something positive might actually come out of the correspondence. My intention was to put a couple of pep talks on paper and leave it at that. I did not...
Poem
"Men Who Dream" by Barabara Hilal
Mar.20.2009
Savannah Tribune
  In Honor of the Inauguration of the 44th President of the USA, from the forthcoming book: The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009. (artwork "Men Who Dream" by Barbara Hilal) Songbird of speckled feathers and new millennium eyes,you trill notes of democratic vistas heavy with light. Chords of miraculous notions enrich your blessed voicewith power to sing...
Article
Franz Kafka collage by Klaus Oppermann
Mar.20.2009
Black Skylark ZPed Music Player
  If ever the term "tortured genius" was applicable to one of the giants of literary history, it was without question to the Prague-born Jewish author Franz Kafka. Born July 3, 1883, to this day Kafka is celebrated worldwide for the seemingly bizarre, amorphous, surrealistic, and yet pin-point precise writing that characterizes such classics as his...
Article
Cover of Body of Life by Elizabeth Alexander
Mar.16.2009
Black Skylark ZPed Music Player
One good satisfying read through Elizabeth Alexander’s Body of Life, and it becomes easy to see why President Barack Obama chose her to serve as his inaugural poet. Although only three short words, the title of this book is big because it indicates something of the scope of Alexander’s poetic vision in terms of her examination of life as it has been known in the...
Poem
The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009
Mar.12.2009
The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009
  1. Once you were a singer for God--yes, you, who within your mother's wombdodged the hooks and poison sentto eclipse your light before it shined;who, abandoned in a field of serpentsclapped hands to the hissing of fanged omens. Born in a year of misbegotten moons,Louie the good mad angel found you too late.Already blackened by the high noon sun,already diseased...
Short Story
Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World by Aberjhani
Mar.12.2009
Excerpt from the novel Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World
I am in a clear high space where I can watch without pain memories of my past and visions of things that yet may be.  From inside this space I do not have to worry about terror or sadness taking over my heart when I witness my life at the age of five.  I learn to know people by the things they carry inside their voices.  Whether my mother says to me, "Boy I...
Poem
COMING HOME painting by Luther E. Vann featured on Cover of ACCENT announcing publication of ELMENTAL.
Mar.07.2009
From ELEMENTAL The Power of Illuminated Love
You are the man newly arrivingat history’s worm-ravaged door,the woman whose shadows are salvesupon the bleeding breasts of the earth,the infant whose heartbeatfloods every harp in Paradise.Muscled like the Rockies,nurturing like the Ohioyou can split a boulder or caressa lily with equal finesse, exactlythank you, as you damn well please.   Not a song of...
Article
Richard Shinhoster holding sculpture of a black swan.
Mar.05.2009
Original
by Aberjhani When Richard Shinhoster first opened the doors of the Diaspora Marketplace for business in the winter of 2001, it was partly to join the city of Savannah, Georgia, in its efforts to revitalize the life of businesses along the midway stretch of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the west side of city, and partly to provide a unique international...