Friday, January 27, 2012

HEMINGWAY: The Last Daiquiri

One of the pleasures of being a writer is that a lot of your friends are writers and you get to see what they're up to. One of my friends is the poet Nilda Cepero of Coral Gables, Florida who has just published a new book titled HEMINGWAY: The Last Daiquiri. Nilda was born in Cuba and her childhood days there and the memory of the great American writer who spent much time there are the inspirations for this new book of poetry. There are numerous historical photos of Hemingway in Cuba and Key West, Florida and most poems begin with a quote from him. Here is one poem from the book:


     For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning - Ernest Hemingway

Havana changed
after you came ashore
A conga of rhythms in
ruffled skirts and
brews of pungent aromas
trailed you

The forever women
Hadley, Pauline, Martha, Mary
- and others in between - queued
For every book a romance
(Fitzgerald's quote)
Your fantasies
starting in Paris
also came. Shadows
all the way
to Vigia

In love with the Island
like Cole Porter
Always a dreamer, you
longed for and
imagined a new beginning
all your hopes
sadly turned
a dead-end

© Nilda Cepero from HEMINGWAY: The Last Daiquiri

Lest I be accused of being biased here is a short review by Frank Varela, author of Caleb's Exile:

"It's fashionable now to denigrate Ernest Hemingway's reputation as a man and as a writer. That's why I highly recommend reading Nilda Cepero's homage to Papa in HEMINGWAY: The Last Daiquiri. She gives us an honest portrait of Hemingway that moves beyond stereotype to the central essence of the man."

Nilda Cepero is the editor of LSR (Latino Stuff Review) [1990 to 2005] and Ambos Mundos [2004 to the present]. Her writing has appeared in literary journals in the U.S. and Europe. She is also an accomplished photographer and singer and had her first exhibition: Paris, Poetic Images Of Night And Dawn at the Alliance Francaise in 2007. Her previous books include Sugar Cane Blues, Lil' Havana Blues, A Blues Cantata, and Bohemian Canticles.

HEMINGWAY: The Last Daiquiri (ISBN: 978-1-890953-09-6) is a perfect-bound paperback available through at: