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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Nenadich Street: Poems and Passages by C. P. Florez is filled with provocative poetry and essays mainly on love and romance. Sometimes strong, sometimes vulnerable, but always feminine, the poems are like streams of thoughts that accidentally group together to form beautiful metaphors and similes. Take for example the following enumeration of what, during the first read, seems like scattered thoughts: "French lace, Belgium heirlooms, fairy linen/ The veils of harems, Arab women, Vestal virgins". The next paragraph "Silk and spangles, pearls and crystals/ Symbolic and authentic/ The veils of all the brides/ The veils of love and pride" brings the thoughts full circle and it makes a lot of sense, after all. Other poems are very playful like Puddles in My Mind and Sneakers. "Give me another mojito please/ Muddle the mint well please/ So it blends well into the puddles of my mind/Like a wet martini and soggy olive/ Don’t remove the pit please/It will settle nicely in some/Puddle of my mind."
C. P. Florez' Nenadich Street: Poems and Passages is a collection of poems and essays coming from a proud feminine voice. Humorous, sarcastic, playful, and socially relevant, the theme revolves around a woman's journey and how she handles feelings of love, hope, failures, relationships, romance, and yes, sex. Some poems are very earthy, while some are extremely delicate and seem too perfect for this imperfect world. The poems and essays in this collection are relatively short but, surprisingly, they manage to tell a lot of stories. C. P. Florez is indeed a poet and essayist with her own distinct style and voice, and her next book is definitely worth watching out for.