FLASHES & VERSES…BECOMING ATTRACTIONS by Adrian Ernesto Cepeda
Adrian Ernesto Cepeda’s first poetry collection Flashes and Verses…Becoming Attractions uniquely waxes lyrical on such pop cultural icons as Marilyn Monroe, Billie Holliday, Muhammad Ali and David Bowie. He also crafts the most dynamic ekphrastic poems inspired by photos and artwork by Helmut Newton, Edward Hopper and Leonardo da Vinci. He composes the most bedazzling bilingual odes to Sandra Cisneros and Juan Felipe Herrera. Best of all, fans of Miller and Neruda, will fall for his seductively ageless love poems that highlights one of the most original American Latino voices in modern poetry.
His eclectic poems have been embraced by over a hundred and fifty different publications across the globe. Flashes reflects a unique voice that has already connected with new rhyme enthusiasts, those usually estranged to verse, as these same readers have not only taken to his words but have started embracing the art of poetry for the first time in their lives. More than just another poetry collection, Flashes, is a leap forward for the poetry genre.
Cepeda’s gift of verse is the perfect present for the lover of poetry in your life. This LA based poet will take you on a journey from Vegas to Hollywood to San Francisco to New Orleans to Paris through outer space and back. Take this lyrical journey while exploring the pages of this gripping collection as Flashes's poems will dazzle you on the page. Turn on this volume and let the words of Adrian Ernesto Cepeda come alive in your fingertips.
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Availability: Amazon and other major retailers.
"The formal range and subject matter of Adrian Ernesto Cepeda's Flashes and Verses is wide and dazzling: from the songs of David Bowie to the poetics of stammering, from the exhilaration of desire to the disquieting joys of camping, from the infinite layers of childhood to the thingness of umbrellas--and that's just grazing the surface. Throughout, Cepeda's relationship to the poetic image is precise and exuberant. If you care about life and language, the eclectic richness of this book will give you great pleasure."
This expansive, generous, collection is, at its heart, a love letter—it’s a love letter to movie stars and musicians, to poets and barbers, to art and margaritas and typewriters and birds; it’s a love letter to the English language and the Spanish language, to any language and its possibilities; it’s a love letter to Southern California and to the body, a love letter to longing and to doubt, a love letter to love and love and love and, always, love. With Flashes & Verses…Becoming Attractions, Adrian Ernesto Cepeda has written a beautiful, stirring love letter to us all.
The Selfless Bliss of the Body
"Adrian Cepeda’s explosive poetry collection overflows with undiluted passion for living – for eureka moments
of brightly splashed colors in sound, sight, smell, taste and touch. If these poetic offerings do not awaken or
reawaken whatever emotions have been sleeping inside the reader, I don't know what would."
Dancing on Broken Glass
"From Michael Jackson to Frank Sinatra, Cepeda spits out love rhymes like a “religion on free verse”."
-Claudia D. Hernández
Recipient of the 2018 Louise Meriwether First Book Prize
"Adrian Cepeda's poesia will draw you in immediately- Eros permeates each poema, balanced with an intelligent awareness. Yet Eros, the erotic, remains his Goddess, his guide, and she'll become yours as you read. My advice- draw a warm/hot bath, sprinkle rose petals, perfume the water with rose essence- a glass of champagne with raspberries floating. Now read...float, drink. Read each poema out loud...another glass of champagne. Sip slowly. Let the words, Eros, fill your mouth."
--Alma Luz Villanueva