poems by Theresa Rodriguez (Werba)
With deep emotion, Longer Thoughts presents some of Rodriguez's long poems on a diversity of topics: love, beauty, mortality, aging, and theological questioning. She also explores symbolism and archetypal imagery. Rodriguez appreciates formal poetry as a conveyance for expression, and in addition to the sonnet, the reader will discover a villanelle, rondeau, and triolet.
POETRY / General
ISBN: 978-1-951651-22-0 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Released March 2020
Theresa Rodriguez is the author of six books, including Jesus and Eros: Sonnets, Poems and Songs (Bardsinger Books, 2015), and a chapbook of thirty-seven sonnets (Bardsinger Books, 2019). Longer Thoughts is her third book of poetry.
“While mastering classical poetry, Theresa Rodriguez expresses the deepest emotions: she reigns whether settings are in the past or present, leaving us in awe.”
“In Longer Thoughts, Theresa Rodriguez has brandished courage of both craft and compassion. Readers who appreciate poetry as crystallizations of conscience will delight in this collection's slate of sonnets as well as a rondeau, a triolet, and a villanelle. Among her elegies, the ode to Quasimodo struck me particularly, elevating Victor Hugo's fictional creation to the firmament alongside the saints and martyrs of her other verses. Juggling themes of love, God, pain, beauty, mortality, and creativity itself, the music in these musings bridges the sacred, the sacrosanct, and the secular, sometimes in a single stanza. These longer thoughts betray the soulful ministrations of a "priestess warrior of words"—and what vehicle for this could be better than a new collection from Shanti Arts?”
“Theresa Rodriguez's Longer Thoughts is an insightful dive into the poet's longings for introspection, the right words, and peace. Rodriguez has a clear appreciation for formal poetry, the boundaries within which she is unafraid to play. While some poems are a pure delight, others are deep and provocative.”
A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Theresa Werba, Fevers of the Mind, March 10, 2022
Lynette G. Esposito, “Longer Thoughts by Theresa Rodriguez,” North of Oxford, January 2021
James Sale, “Review: Poetry by Theresa Rodriguez,” The Society of Classical Poets, November 26, 2019
“Poet Carol Smallwood Interviews Theresa Rodriquez,” Carolyn Howard-Johnson's New Book Review, April 18, 2020
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