I sought your love with a passion/ Only my heart, soul could fathom/ I sought your love with my undying/ Pledge of purest passion.
Cherry Hill, NJ (Vocus) June 30, 2010
Through poetry, his existence will forever be remembered. The loved ones of the late poet-author Bienvenido Rabanal Fernando cherish his life by sharing Odd Man Out, Odd Beat Out: A Collection of Poems. Here, readers can look forward to a man’s thoughts and sentiments—transcending time and existence through poems.
Featuring thirty-five English poems and eleven in Filipino, this book explores Fernando’s art of expression. Most of his poems delve in a play of words that encourages the mind to think beyond what is written. Readers are invited to take part in this poetic journey into the written word.
In VIEW FROM THE OTHER FOOT, he wrote about poets, addressing his peers in a literary form they know best. In it, he wrote: “Poets, to me, are fools, a tribe of fools/ Queer in their ways, thought coherence/ Staring the longest, laughing the maddest/Suffering in joy, laughing in tears/ Living forever, dying forever.” His adoration for his wife is also expressed in TO NORMA, with verses that look back on their love’s youth: “I sought your love with a passion/ Only my heart, soul could fathom/ I sought your love with my undying/ Pledge of purest passion.”
These and more poignant poetry await readers in Odd Man Out, Odd Beat Out: A Collection of Poems. For more information on this book, log on to Xlibris.com.
About the Author
A devoted and loving husband, an exemplary father to two sons and a daughter and a doting grandfather to three granddaughters and a grandson, Bienvenido identified his timeline in these segments: formative years, marching years and technical years. His formative years in the Philippines were difficult. Having a widowed working mother, Bien practically raised himself.
He won a coveted place at the Philippine Military Academy, thus began his marching years. However, two years before graduation, he left the Academy and joined the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency. This was the start of his technical years. He became one of the top officers of the Agency. His technical years continued when Bien migrated to the United States in 1975 to join his family. Working for the Camden City Board of Education in New Jersey, Bien joined its union, the Camden Education Association,CEA. He became the first Asian-American, non-certified teacher to be president of the CEA. He was instrumental in negotiating one of the best contracts in the history of the CEA and was best known for membership advocacy and saving jobs. Bien developed a formula for salary guides for different employment groups. He was also a tireless consultant for the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA).
Poetry was Bien’s escape – “the language of my soul”. While he wrote most of his poems at the Academy, he continued to write during his early technical years.
Odd Man Out, Odd Beat Out * by Bienvenido Rabanal Fernando
A Collection of Poems
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
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