The Ocean Between Us is a collection of poems wrapped in memories and language. Beatriz Fernandez artfully weaves together dazzling imagery and alluring sounds to create concrete visions of Puerto Rico, Florida, and a geography of loss. With the ability to use the perfect words to describe imperfect times, she poses questions that pierce the human spirit. Unsure of the answer, this is a book of poetry that is rich with the “embryonic code of things to come.”
I'm really happy to have another chapbook published so soon after my first, Shining from a Different Firmament, in 2015 (Finishing Line Press).
The Ocean Between Us is very different than Shining, which was mostly a collection of persona poems about historical, literary and legendary women. Ocean, as I described in my last post, is a collection of 25 poems about my personal experiences in Puerto Rico and Florida, from childhood to the present. The first poem, Calle del Cristo, is an exception in that it is a persona poem.
The suffering of all Puerto Ricans as the island has endured two hurricanes is omnipresent in my mind these days. My family members are safe and being very brave about the circumstances but I can't imagine living through that. We were in Miami during Hurricane Andrew, but it did not hit our area directly. Irma again sideswiped us, leaving only fences and trees down, mostly. We are so lucky to have our homes and our lives to go back to.