Fonseca’s second collection of poems (after This Enduring Gift), organized into seven sections, displays a clear writing style scored with tenderness and splashes of humor. The poems capture pivotal moments in relationships and point to the thread that connects humankind and the divine. Fonseca tackles adult subjects, such as alcoholism, a father-daughter relationship, and separation, with a confessional quality. Some of the collection’s poems have a theme and style that will appeal to a younger audience—“Sunset Blues” has traditional rhyme and rhythms, and “Fireworks” opens with an exciting “pow, ka-BOOOOM, fizzzz”—but both poems go deeper to address taking stock of oneself.
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.
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From the Publisher
"From haiku to narrative free verse, his exploration of form, rhyme
and rhythm is almost a compendium of modern poetic style. The
tone is varied too - from playful humor to earnest poignancy - but
the poems are artfully arranged to lead the reader smoothly from
one emotion to next. And then there is the breadth of subject
matter, which allows the reader a close-up view of the vastness of
human experience, across the globe and deep within, through the
poet’s eyes. Freddy’s poems are accessible on the surface, easy to
read, yet layered with deeper meaning for those willing to spend
more time with them."
—Monica Hadley, entrepreneur and host of the podcast Writers’
Voices with Monica and Caroline
"Drawing from a wide cultural background, Freddy Niagara
Fonseca, skips, dances and delights his way through this wonderful
collection of poems."
—Tony Ellis, author of There is Wisdom in Walnuts
"I loved this vast, complex, yet simple book of wonderful poetry. I
recommend this book of sublime intensity to any true reader."
—Rudy Wilson, National Award-Winning Author of several novels
"Here is a highly educated mind, taking from a thorough familiarity
with the forms of poetry only what fits most fluidly to his purpose."
—Karla Christensen, poet, muralist, illustrator, Ecuador
"This collection of works is distinctive — certainly original and
eclectic, deeply sobering and uniquely stylized."
—Rodney Charles, author of the bestselling Every Day A Miracle
"Here is the collection of poetry I have waited for all my life — Freddy Niagara Fonseca’s The Bomb That Blew Up God. At last, poems that satisfy both the critical mind and longing soul. Bold exquisite, rich language and brilliant awake treatments breathe life into worthy themes — nature, seasons, home, memory, dance, death, music, poetry, contentment. These poems entertain!”
~ Burton Milward, Jr., retired attorney, author, radio show host
"What a variety of emotions in these poems! Some whimsical and
calling to be read aloud, some elegantly musical with a touch of
—Jeffrey Moses, Author of Oneness: Great Principles Shared by All
"This impressive volume is one that we can pick up at bedtime and
open any page for mind travel. We are reminded that we are part
of the world of nature."
—Gretchen Langstaff Schaffer, dancer, BA Fine Arts in Dance The