Shining From a Different Firmament by Beatriz F. Fernandez


Shining from a Different Firmament
is an exceptional collection from this award-winning poet. A mixture of open and closed forms, these collected poems speak to the experience of women through the ages, carrying with them a strong mythic element. Fernandez’s poetry is full of wit and surprises, with history, myth and art presented with beautiful, original twists and perspectives. These poems represent a journey that resonates with our common humanity …. A wonderful volume by an inspirational Latina poet.”

–Lucy Johnson, editor of The Quarterday Review.Rating: **** [4 of 5 Stars!]


The poems in Beatriz Fernandez‘s Shining from a Different Firmament do just that. They shine light on women history has slighted, mistreated, or forgotten altogether. They give us “Hypatia’s Revenge,” “Nefertiti’s Secret,” and “The Picture of Constance Wilde.” They also consider Dante’s passion for Beatrice and examine Richard the Lionheart’s mummified heart. This collection is pithy and surprising, rich with persona poems rendered as ghazals, epistles, and ekphrastic musings. Julianna Baggott’s Lizzie Borden in Love: Poems in Women’s Voices has found a worthy companion in Beatriz Fernandez‘s stirring debut. Like the women she embodies, Fernandez writes with the vision of one who “chart[s] the oceans of the night.”
–Julie Marie Wade, author of Without, Postage Due, and When I Was Straight.

Rating: ***** [5 of 5 Stars!]


Amid this era of poetry that runs the gamut from solipsism to impenetrability, how refreshing to find a poet of intelligence who writes with clarity about those whose lives, whether actual or fictional, deserve more notice. Reminiscent of Robert Browning in his ability to vividly inhabit voices other than his own, Beatriz Fitzgerald Fernandez is a welcome master of both open and closed forms, as she brings together history, compassion, and music to each poem in this fine first collection.
–Andrea Hollander, author of Landscape with Female Figure: New & Selected Poems, 1982 – 2012

Rating: ***** [5 of 5 Stars!]








Shining From a Different Firmament

by Beatriz Fitzgerald Fernandez

$12.49, paper

Beatriz F. Fernandez is a university Reference Librarian in Florida. She grew up in Puerto Rico, the daughter of a Peruvian mother and Puerto Rican father. She has read her poetry on South Florida’s NPR news station, WLRN, and she was a featured writer on the Latina Book Club blog. She was the grand prize winner of Writer’s Digest 2nd Annual Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in Falling Star Magazine (2014 Pushcart Prize nomination), Verse Wisconsin, Spark: A Creative Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Label Me Latina/o, When Women Waken and Writer’s Digest.

Rating: ***** [5 of 5 Stars!]


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