THE BOMB THAT BLEW UP GOD And Other Serious Poems is a tender poetry collection full of adventure and wit. Freddy Fonseca weaves seven major themes of life into a vast, spiritual journey spanning the globe and universe. There's a wild side to his poetry that's both dead serious and totally charming.
The title poem, a modern fable, depicts the age-old struggle between good and evil, with a surprise ending.
Chapter 1: SHARDS OF LIGHT. A ray of hope starts enlivening a universe on the verge of spiritual darkness.
Chapter 2: DANCES, MUSIC, MAGIC. Dances, music and magic explode with energy, joy and tuneful poetry in exotic settings.
Chapter 3: THE BOMB THAT BLEW UP GOD. Poems steeped in conflict have us dealing with existential fears. How will we overcome these?
Chapter 4: VIGNETTES. We're getting some relief from previous challenges. Brief, daring sketches, mini dramas, humor, and more.
Chapter 5: DO WE REALLY DIE. Death shows its terrifying face from multiple sides. We are trying to cope. Sometimes successfully.
Chapter 6: STRANGE RENEWAL. New doors open to theatrical poems full of life, and profound monologues heralding spiritual transformation.
Chapter 7: A NEW DAWN. Nature shines at its most beautiful and uplifting. We gain a measure of appreciation and gratitude in our much too hectic lives.
Freddy Niagara Fonseca evokes lively, tropical rhythms from South America. His poems range from three line haiku verses to three page epic poetry in the blink of an eye. Using free verse and rhyme, he pours his heart out into accessible, life-affirming musings. Buy your copy on Amazon today:
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-
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MICHAEL HUSKEY on guitar, and FREDDY NIAGARA FONSECA will be performing ORIGINAL SONGS AND POEMS this afternoon at 4:00 by Everybody’s. See you there.
Watch the YouTube Video Premiere of a mini interview and video excerpts from my new poetry book, The Bomb That Blew Up God. Filmed outdoors in Fairfield, Iowa on a beautiful fall day in Central Park, it lasts about three, four minutes. You can comment and communicate with me if you wish. Please share with poetry lovers, friends and lovers of life.
I'm celebrating my birthday Tuesday, Aug 18th with cake, pizza and poetry on the sidewalk out front at Revelations Bookstore & Cafe in Fairfield, IA. We'll start at 12 noon. We'll have a slice of pizza, and cake, and I'll be reading fun poems between bites from my new poetry collection, The Bomb That Blew Up God. See you there.
Let’s have an ICE CREAM SOCIAL and POETRY READING on Labor Day in CENTRAL PARK in Fairfield, IA. I'll be sitting by the picnic table in the northwest section at 2:00 PM.
I’ll be reading all sorts of poems from my new book, The Bomb That Blew Up God, and you can purchase a copy that I will autograph for you on the spot. Please try coming before the ice cream is gone. Bring your folding chairs. See you there.
07:30-8:00 PM. I'll be participating in the Iowa City Poetry Al Fresco outdoor poetry reading event on May 1st, 2021 in Iowa City, IA. Some 32 local writers will present their work in socially distanced outoor readings in the Northside Neighborhood.
My slot is at 7:30 - 8:00 PM at Happy Hollow Park Shelter @ 800 Brown Street. I'll be reading from my book THE BOMB THAT BLEW UP GOD. If you're in the area, stop by for some exotic poetry celebrating nature, music, dance, magic, conflict, surprise, spirituality and humor.
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.