Lamento, Claustro, and Entrada

Inspired by a recent trip to Spain, Fred Chandler’s recent poetry draws from a rich culture of bullfighting and flamenco, and the architectural influence of monasteries and the city views of Barcelona. He reads three poems from this new collection: Lamento, Claustro, and Entrada.  Moving across the landscape of Spain in Entrada, guided by an astute observer, we enter a flamenco performance in Sevilla. A flurry of colors and movement, love and death, swirl together tempestuously until finally severed, rejuvenated and bleeding. In the city of Granada, the sound of children playing and monastery bells ringing fill the air with tenderness, peace and quietude, creating a wave of emotion rippling into a melancholy past where the poem Claustro takes us next.  The haunting city of Barcelona in Lamento, bursting into thunder and rain, recalls a bodily personification as the windows weep and the sky rumbles and groans. It is with a certain longing and distance that these poems take form, gracefully laying the ground for the profound emotion anchoring each poem, arresting in their effortless grasp of language and strength of feeling.

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  2. Brent Mosley says:

    These poems have captured the core of Spain and the Flamenco spirit. They encompass the pain, the joy and the depth of the rich and ancient Spanish culture. I find them to be very deep and very moving. Please keep them coming Mr. Chandler.

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