Tuesday, January 24, 2006


DUCMANHAHA, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 2006 has made its debut with the turning of the calendar year. In response to its masthead which reads: This periodical is published monthly with the artisitc, moral and financial support of Nguyen Ducmanh under the auspices of the Bern Porter Institute of Advanced Thinking. Contact: Sheila Holtz, 18 Benner Road, Royersford, PA 19468, nducmanh @ aol. com wrote:

Cara Sheila,
I am pleased with the format layout design and only the breadth to perpetuate the creativity of human spirit and the vision of B. Porter but I am not the voice nor direction for its political, religions and moral of the editorial contents; this gazette is for free speech for whom has something to express. "The mysteries of life is in the art," Oscar Wilde said, therefore I learnt after doing art for over 50 years that I only can change myself. Take care, x. Duke

In response, holtzholtzholtz @ yahoo. com wrote

Dear Duke:
Thank you for your insightful comments and your unflagging support of editorial freedom and the First Amendment. You are a mensch. Of course the moral support to which I referred in the masthead of Vol. 1, No. 1 was and is merely my knowledge that somewhere, someone is backing me up with a proverbial "You Go, Girl." That means alot to me. It is what enables me to go on. That, and perhaps the great words of Zen Master Ryokan (1758-1831) who offered this encouragement to a fellow poet:

not for a moment
must you think our voices die
leaving no traces;
truly more that what they are,
our words are equal to our hearts.

Vol.1 No 2 begins to take form in my mind as a compendium of love poems, beginning with Robert Burns, working up to Shakespeare, rounding the bend with the Surrealists, and, finally, culminating with US (you and me). Of course, February 14 being both Bern Porter's birthday AND Valentine's Day, adds to the auspiciousness of the issue.

The heart has its reasons reason cannot know,