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Books
· Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life...

· The River of Winged Dreams (Hardcover Gift Edition)

· The American Poet Who Went Home Again

· The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009

· Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World

· The Harlem Renaissance Way Down South

· Literary Savannah

· Visions of A Skylark Dressed in Black

· The Hanging Man Dreams

· Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love


Short Stories
· Come Walk With Me

· Uncut Goodies Part 4: the Current Conclusion

· Uncut Goodies Part 3

· Uncut Goodies Part 2

· Uncut Goodies Part 1

· Introducing Uncut Goodies

· Astonishing Tale of the Goddess and the Skylark: Part 4 of 4

· Astonishing Tale of the Goddess and the Skylark: Part 3 of 4

· Astonishing Tale of the Goddess and the Skylark: Part 2 of 4

· Astonishing Tale of the Goddess and the Skylark: Part 1 of 4


Articles
· Lee's and Morrison's New Works May Influence Millennials' Dialogues on Race

· A Writer's Journey to Selma-Alabama

· 'Tis the Season for the Magic of Poetry

· How Creativity and Social Responsibility Inspired 5 Memorable Moments 2014

· 7 Ways to Help Replace Legislated Fear with Informed Compassion

· Text and Meaning in Albert Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus

· Text and Meaning in: Elemental the Power of Illuminated Love

· Introducing Tao of the Rainbow

· Creative Flexibility and Annihilated Lives (essay with poem)

· Fall 2014 Update: Texts, Meanings, and Guerrilla Decontextualization


Poetry
· Reflections on Ode to the Good Black Boots that Served My Soul So Well

· How Poets and Words Burn Truth into Love

· Valentine Winter: A Mink-Warm Distance Between Decades

· The Poetess Inside Her Years

· Notes for an Elegy in the Key of Michael (I)

· Self-Knowledge in the New Millennium

· Help Keep Book Lovers' Hopes Alive

· Photographed Light of My Grandmother's Soul

· A Naked Woman with Skin of Thorns and Ice

· There Upon a Bough of Hope and Audacity

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News
· New Interview with Aberjhani Published in Poetry Life and Times

· New Reviews of Early and Recent Books by Aberjhani

· iTunes Adds Three Books and Podcast by Aberjhani to iBookstore

· C-SPAN Tags Savannah Authors for Features on Book TV and History Channels

· Savannah Author Joins Consortium of Doctors Annual Celebration

· Literary Laureates Herta Mϋller and Amiri Baraka

· A Great Day to Appreciate Book Lovers 40 Percent Off Sale

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2005 model for Freedom Tower, the replacement for the World Trade Center, night view from the Hudson River. (Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP)


 

Before the hours of insanity and annihilation that changed world history on September 11, 2001, the month of September was noted by members of my family primarily as the birth month for at least a half dozen individuals. It remained, of course, their month after the destruction of New York City’s WorldTradeCenter and the loss of thousands of lives, but the shadow of that event tends to lessen the glow of birthday candles and soften the volume of songs and laughter. Especially for those born on the actual day.

 

Two years later, the greater impact of 9/11 was just beginning to unfold as the Iraq and Afghanistan wars upgraded to levels of mega-mayhem no one could have fully anticipated. At the same time, Facts On File published my Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (with Sandra L. West). That the encyclopedia was my first major book published by a major company added––for me, personally––greater emotional balance to the month of September.

 

Several boxes of Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance greeted me when I walked through the door on September 5, 2003. They represented years of research, writing, and sustained determination that had been much like training for a literary decathlon. This year, 2008, I feel blessed to have witnessed the encyclopedia’s impact as it went on to win a number of awards, receive a recommendation as one of ESSENCE Magazine’s recommended holiday gift items, and Black Book Reviews’ “Recommended Titles for the Home Library.” Moreover, it became a highly valued resource for students of the era at every level and helped to launch a publishing frenzy on related subjects, thus documenting the great era more thoroughly than ever before.

 

The sixth anniversary of 9/11 stirred within me a need to generate something that might help to generate a positive counter-balance to the event’s crippling catastrophic malice; and in an effort to do exactly that, I established Creative Thinkers International on September 10, 2007. If 9/11 had come to stand as an indelible symbol for heinous criminality and disregard for life, I hoped that CTI, for however many people, might come to stand as both a symbol for and a function of positive creativity. A year later later, this community of teachers, scientists, artists, authors, philosophers, ministers, poets, and everyday people from around the world has moved 200 members closer to achieving its goal.

 

Just like the dance group Chic sang some years ago, “We all want good times,” but living in the New Millennium we’ve learned they sometimes the good times have to be squeezed out of the bad.

 

 

by Aberjhani

author of Elemental The Power of Illuminated Love

 

 

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Aberjhani



Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance

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The River of Winged Dreams (Hardcover Gift Edition)

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Journey through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life...

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Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

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The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009

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The American Poet Who Went Home Again

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Visions of A Skylark Dressed in Black

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