After You, In Love Arrest

Poetry - Love/Romance
138 Pages
Reviewed on 09/20/2014
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Author Biography

Mario Gabriel Adame, born in San Antonio, Texas, is the youngest son of Rafael and Theresa Adame. Rafael served in the U.S. Army for eleven years before receiving a medical discharge as a Staff Sergeant. Rafael moved on to work as a teacher, coach, and a Texas regional manager in sales and marketing. Theresa had been employed in the psychiatry department at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for over twenty years, where she recently retired as Senior Secretary.

Growing up in the Mexican American culture of San Antonio, Mario Gabriel Adame experienced first hand the history of his grandfather, Anselmo Martinez, who is renowned in the Tejano Music Awards Hall of Fame as a singer, songwriter, and performer. Most recently in 2013, Anselmo received a lifetime faith-based award from the Governor of Texas. The legacy of his grandfather carried on toward his uncle, John Martinez, a multi-Grammy nominee, who helped Mario learn the business and art of music. Whether it was military men on his father's side, musical talent on his mother's side, or religious guidance coming from both sides of the family, Mario learned value of having stories and people to depend on. Four women who he could always lean on were his two late grandmothers, Sulema and Aurora, his aunt, Salesian Sister Betty Ann, and his mother. Each provided Mario with the positivity of prayer verses and song lyrics from Catholic faith to turn to. The pleasure of lyrics, beats, and dance will always inspire Mario, and this passion can be seen in his first published book entitled Ignite Your Soul, Release Your Mind Vol. 1.

After high school, while staying true to those ideas and relationships that originated in San Antonio, Mario went on to find extended passions and admirable friends from numerous Texas cities and with international backgrounds while in Austin. Mario studied in the Kinesiology and Education Department at The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science major towards Health Promotion.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

After You, In Love Arrest by Mario Gabriel Adame is a collection of love poems that exposes the poet's romantic heart. He speaks about that one love everyone longs for in life after a string of bad relationships which helps them identify the right person. The poems revolve around mutual love and one-sided love that happens many a time in one's life, and also the technology which gives people different types of opportunities to fall in love. The poet captures the angst, excitement and happiness of falling in love through his words. He has tried to go deep into the emotion and capture the nuances and complete meaning of the word love.

The poems capture the beautiful moments of living and the exhilaration love brings into one's life. The collection encapsulates the type of love that one experiences; social networks, getting attracted to someone else's girlfriend and much more. The tension and uncertainty associated with love speak through his poems and they connect well with the current generation, revealing the kind of problems that love faces now. 'She Is' is reflective of the poet's love for someone he thinks is worth all his time. The next section, 'Arrest,' speaks of loss of love, loss of trust, the angst and pain when love ends.

The poet's style of writing is evocative and eloquent. There is a good restraint and balance which make the poems effective. Most of the poems are lyrical, elegant and moving pieces. The poems are profound with an interesting connection of thoughts.

Faridah Nassozi

After You, In Love Arrest by Mario Gabriel Adame is a collection of beautiful poems about love and life. The book contains poems that cover the journey of falling in love from the beginning to the end. The poems talk about the beginning of new things, falling in love and the beautiful, soothing, challenging, and sometimes turbulent emotions that accompany you on the journey. Through these poems, Mario talks about the different sensations you get when you find that one person you feel you can give yourself to with full abandon; the one person with whom you will not be afraid to totally lose control and let them take you on a new journey. Then the poems take you to the next part of this exciting journey.

Through his poems, Mario Gabriel Adame expresses what it feels like to embark on the journey of falling in love and he does so in such a spectacular manner. His writing style is justly befitting of the genre. After You, In Love Arrest by Mario Gabriel Adame is written with detailed poems, all talking about a beautiful and challenging journey and yet each so different. Beneath each of the poems, I found a soothing sensation brought on by the words that were adeptly put together by a skilled poet. After You, In Love Arrest by Mario Gabriel Adame is an intriguing collection about love, passion, chemistry and what it takes to make it work; I enjoyed reading each poem and fans of love poetry will love it.

Teodora Totorean

After You, In Love Arrest by Mario Gabriel Adame is a collection of love poems in two parts: “In Love” and “Arrest.” “Teach me how to love / Teach me how to find peace” are just two lines from the book that may seem simple at the first but they set the tone of the collection. After an introduction written in lyrical prose in the second person, the poems reveal themselves one by one, in free verse but with an inner rhythm, covering the universal theme of love in a contemporary language with reference to Facebook, well-known online games, homosexuality, computer settings, and airports to name just a few. The poems are long - one, two or even more pages - thus read like little love stories. The protagonists are the lyrical I and the lover, you, to whom most of the poems are addressed.

After You, In Love Arrest by Mario Gabriel Adame has the right dosage of prose and lyricism so you can read the poems like little stories yet be mesmerised by the rhythm and the flow of the verses. The poems are enjoyable to read, quite easy to understand, and the play on words is poetic enough to appreciate the lyricism too. I particularly enjoyed the endings of poems that show poetic talent and a feel for words. There is, however, some “bad language” which is not gratuitous, but required by the context. Overall, After You, In Love Arrest by Mario Gabriel Adame is a good poetry book and the poet shows a vast vocabulary and a wide emotional spectrum on the theme of love.