Book Review for Flashes and Verses . . . Becoming Attractions:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume VI Issue VIII

Flashes and Verses . . . Becoming Attractions, inside L.A. blues

Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Flashes and Verses . . . Becoming Attractions

Author: Adrian Ernesto Cepeda

Publisher: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Date of Publication: 2018

Pages: 93

"Time it was,
And what a time it was
It was . . . "
- from Old Friends/Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel

A New Age blues cover, Flashes and Verses . . . Becoming Attractions poetry that lives inside Hollywood, poetry that connects the stars at night by Adrian Ernesto Cepeda. Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is an Hispanic Poet living and working in L.A., studying at Antioch University. He has been widely published in anthologies and poetry journals, including Subterranean Blue Poetry, Blog Nostics, The Fem, Journal of Artistic Creation and Literary Research, Luna Luna Magazine, Nonbinary Review, San Diego Review, Silver Birch Press, Spilt Ink Poetry, The Yellow Chair Review amongst others. He has had a Chapbook published with Red Mare Press and Flashes and Verses . . . Becoming Attractions is his first published book of poetry.

In the tradition of the great Spanish Poets, this poetry lives inside the passion of hot Summer, automobiles and highways by the ocean. At its best the love/sex imagery drifts in and out of pictures, in and out of ecstasy, the poem as lover becomes. The disjointed thought train weaves elegantly in mystery with original use of word juxtapositions and original stories.

The Poet does homage to Hollywood greats creating sketches in poetry, including Dizzy Gillespie, Michael Jackson, Billie Holiday, Muhammad Ali, David Bowie and particularly Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando amongst others, the stars of Hollywood nights. He uses inspiration quotes as lead ins to some of his poems, including quotes by Curtis E. Mazie, Marilyn Monroe, Philip K. Dick, Tom Robbins, Laurel K. Hamilton, Rae Armantrout amongst others. Particularly good is the poem “She Returns Framed in Darkness” with the lead in quote “As for me, I am a watercolor, I wash off” by Anne Sexton. This Writer also loved the poem “We Couldn’t Even Afford To Go Inside” about the financially struggling artist’s life, his Artist lover Ivy how they would roll blunts with the pages of their books and only enough monies for one of them to go to the Art Museum, so one of them would wait outside as the other filmed the exhibit on their cell phone. A beautiful sepia picture poem of a lover, a time, a summer.

The poem, “Buzz Me” is about his barber Chau, a time piece caption of L.A., the 21st century man and the thinking machine.

“I nod like a catcher

waiting for the heat, buzz me –

last week felt like a losing streak

I need a victory, I say Already

like my superhero, he knows, the sign;

No miracles man, I’m feeling invisible –

Just resurrect me, this time.”

A New Age Renaissance Republic work, the life of an L.A. Poet inside the days and Hollywood nights, inside the L.A. blues. A beautiful first collection of poetry, a true poetic talent, This Writer is looking for more from this Poet, Flashes and Verses . . . Becoming Attractions by Adrian Ernesto Cepeda.

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