SYNOPSIS (Scroll down for the BookLife review)
THE BOMB THAT BLEW UP GOD (And Other Serious Poems) is a collection of poetry of 114 poems on 194 pages, uniting seven major themes in seven chapters. Together they read like a dynamic, yet intimate travelogue through our soul and the life we are living on Planet Earth.
Chapter 1: SHARDS OF LIGHT begins in an uncertain universe of random smatterings of light on the verge of spiritual darkness. The poems in this chapter are mostly introspective, set in colorful locales on the globe and vast realms of the soul. Amidst all of this, we also find lighter content related to a growing awareness of light.
Chapter 2: DANCES, MUSIC, MAGIC. This chapter is marked by energy and songlike poetry written in innovative ways. It intends to invoke sheer joy, motion, and exotic ambiance. At the same time, each poem evokes vivid pictures, swirling memories and humor riding on exciting, novel rhythms.
Chapter 3: THE BOMB THAT BLEW UP GOD contains the title poem, a satyric fable demonstrating God’s eternal resilience and mercy, one of the pillars of this book. The tone of the first part of the chapter is one of facing challenges in the midst of considerable adversity. The second half is more relaxed. Some poems are emotionally charged, asking poignant questions. Others suggest plausible answers in veiled ways.
Chapter 4: VIGNETTES. Here we’re being entertained by brief comedies, mini-dramas, dramedies and alluring observations told in as few words as possible. In a way this collection represents a restful centerpoint. However, this doesn’t mean that every poem is for entertainment alone. Challenges abound.
Chapter 5: DO WE REALLY DIE. Death, one of the major realities of life is met in this chapter from several unusual angles. Obviously there is drama at times, but also resignation. There's even a humorous poem among the bunch. Other poems seem matter-of-fact, serving as sobering anchors in a final harbor.
Chapter 6: STRANGE RENEWAL opens doors to some of the most diverse, reckless and theatrical poems in the book. On the one hand, we are seeing some mundane, everyday challenges we all share being brought to unexpected conclusions. But there’s also room for thoughtful soliloquies heralding spiritual transformation.
Chapter 7: A NEW DAWN, the last chapter showcases poetry exclusively set in the natural world and how we respond to it. Here we take in Nature at its most beautiful, epic, and uplifting. We witness the grand cycles of the Universe turning. In a goodly number of poems we experience a measure of contentment, understanding, and appreciation of our existence.
The collection begins to shine in the third section. Humor and creativity meld in the poetic fable of the title poem, which quips, “God retired and Angels sang Him to sleep.” When Fonseca turns his attention to the mundane, his poems pack concentrated power. The two depictions of a quiet, residential street in “Small Town Routine–One View” and “Small Town Routine–A Different View” reveal how the attitudes held by two neighbors colors how each one reacts to a commotion on their street. The clear images will give readers a chuckle. Anyone who has regretted lending a book to a friend will understand the passionate attachment described in “Long-Lost Books.”
Fonseca’s experience curating the Candlelight Reading Series is reflected in the flow of his poems, which take on an added texture when read aloud. This collection carries readers to Greece, Trinidad, and Brazil as well as several periods of history, as in “My Creole Belle,” which depicts a 19th-century cakewalk pageant. Modern poetry fans will delight in these poems, which capture the emotions of intimate and public moments.
Takeaway: This splendid collection attracts modern poetry readers with playful language and evocative imagery.
Great for fans of A.R. Ammons, Gary Snyder, Li-Young Lee.
Design and typography: A-
Marketing copy: A-
My book has come in and I'll be reciting some of the poems in front of Revelations this Saturday afternoon, June 6th from 3 - 5 PM for those interested in taking a peek at my poetry collection, THE BOMB THAT BLEW UP GOD, and Other Serious Poems.
Stop by if you're in the neighborhood. I'll be sitting at one of the tables outside with a stack of books. Hurry, the demand is phenomenal. Last week there was a line all around the block, I kid you not.
Imaginary drinks will be served; pictures taken. The chorus girls are ready. There will also be a mask contest and dance. The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle have been invited. (Is this tongue in cheek?)
Don't miss out on this awesome poetry party. Tell your friends. See you there.