Beach Town Books Hosts Poetry Hour
by Nina Walch
Poignant verses are read by a loving husband to his shimmering gray wife in shimmering green. Humorous, page-swaying words are recited about grandma’s Saturday night, and in another poem there are memories of wet clothes being hung on a clothesline under an apricot tree. A new member reads her love poem with a dark ending. This is just a small taste of what this group of poets is bringing out in one hour, in one evening, at a charming independent bookshop.
Chester was born in Nicaragua and came to the United States when he was five years old. After struggling with academia, he found poetry in high school. His influences are Federico Garcia Lorca, Ruben Dario, Pablo Neruda and Leonard Cohen. Chester’s background included philosophy, ethics and theology, which he believes come together in his poetry. In his philosophical way he tells what poetry means to him. “In poetry, truth and meaning come together. Poetry gives meaning to truth. If you don’t build the truth into a poem, it usually doesn’t make sense. And if you don’t infuse meaning into a poem, it tends to be elusive.” He shared his poem Power of ADHD in a Poetry Hour session.
Thank you Beach Town Books for opening up their store and their hearts and minds to host poets and their works. Poetry Hour is for those who like poetry or are curious about poetry, and even for those who don’t like poetry or think they don’t like poetry. Everyone is welcome.
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