An initiative of ASPEN (Authors' Self-Publishing Enterprise)


in Education, Personal Growth, Health, Relationships, Business and others 

Volume 4 - No. 2 -  2005



" Literature is a state of culture, poetry a state of grace, before and after culture" 

- Juan Ramon Jimenez


Cross-Cultural Communication - by Marjo Mitsutomi

Marjo Mitsutomi was born and raised in Finland, lived and taught for seven years in Japan, and currently resides and teaches in southern California.  Her home routinely echoes to the sound of three languages.  Her academic background, theoretical and practical,  is in applied linguistics and teaching English as a foreign language.

Further information about Marjo, as well as an article on her contribution to airline safety through language can be found in the Language section of this issue.  Click here to be taken directly there

And This - by Michael Mallows

Michael Mallows has kindly contributed this original piece of verse specifically related to our main theme of Boundaries.



The editors wish to make it clear that they are not literary critics and do not presume to judge the literary merit of any of the contributions received for this section.  They simply publish verse that they like and that they consider to have merit within the context of Nurturing Potential.

Martial said: "He does not write at all whose poems no man reads."  And to Wilson Mizner is attributed "Poets are born, not paid".

Our contributors would be delighted to receive feedback on their verse, whether praising or damning, because all feedback is positive and the evidence that the work has been read will be payment enough.  Comments by e-mail please to  

And how about sending us some poetry of your own?