- Paperback: 71 pages
- Publisher: R. L. Crow Publications; 1 edition (May 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0972295852
- ISBN-13: 978-0972295857
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,148,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am very, very excited about Josh's poetry. I can't wait to see his work bloom, spread, shoot up, and root down through the days and years ahead. This is a poet to watch, to take serious, to support and love! --Jimmy Santiago Baca - author of A Glass Of Water
Fernandez tells us what it is to be young, flipping tortillas and wanting more. In the tradition of Huck Finn, he is very much an Americano storyteller, a storyteller whose poems I treasure. --José Montoya - The Royal Chicano Air Force - Poet, Artist, Educator
About the Author
Josh Fernandez was born in Denver, raised in Boston and Metro-California, and now lives and works in Midtown Sacramento. He writes for Spin, Boulder Weekly, San Antonio Current, and the Sacramento News & Review. Among other assignments, he has worked the crime beat for several area newspapers. His poetry is widely published and he continues to be a sought after reader and speaker—often asked to talk about ethnic diversity, abuse and addiction, and his background as a writer and poet. In recovery, Fernandez deals with his own demons.
Top customer reviews
Doesn't mean I understand the bird or what it means to be a bird in modern America. Doesn't mean I've shared the bird's struggle. But for just a moment, I view my own experience through one dimension of the bird's lens. And I smile.
Spare Parts & Dismemberment is like that. It grabbed me along for his ride, appreciating and reflecting on the experience and its meaning without feeling like a sociological, anthropological, political, or otherwise tiresome exercise.
Sure, Fernandez intends to provoke, maybe to challenge. But he is only as provocative and challenging as his experience is as foreign to your own. His treatment of life is raw, unapologetic, profound, and witty. And essentially hopeful.
I gave up on poetry shortly after being exposed to it in middle school, but I read Spare Parts straight through even though I'd intended to play iPad games during the entire airplane flight. I never thought "this one is about drugs and I don't do that" or "wait, I'm not Mexican!", and I never felt like I was getting educated. As many times as I thought "eww" or "oh no you didn't", more often I heard myself muttering "f--- yeah". By deploying vulgarity to mask fundamental honesty, revelation, universals, and truth, he tricked me into enjoying poetry.
With the help of social media I learned that he had written a book or poetry I knew I had to read. Despite the complete incompetence of Amazon.com I eventually got my copy of "Spare Parts and Dismemberment".
When the book arrived in the mail I knew it was going to be good just because of the cover photograph. Josh is sitting on some steps with his wife Crystal standing in the doorway at the top of the steps. Both are looking at the camera however, Josh stares with a look of indifference while Crystal's expression either indicates concern, protective instinct or curiosity.
As is Josh's style, he covers many topics in his poetry that most people might try to avoid. Drugs, religion, suicide, race and the line between sex and rape are all in there. No reason for a book to shy away from a topic when the word "dismemberment" is in the title.
All of the poems are thought provoking. A couple times the thought might be, "What was that?"
The best poem is "The Scream". It is an extremely efficient use of words to describe many different thoughts about rape. When I read it a second time I wondered if "The Scream" Fernandez was looking for, was from people that would be mad that "the only difference between a rapist and lover is the pitch of the scream."
As a Christian, the negative comments about all three parts of the Trinity and the Bible made me uncomfortable. These thoughts seem a little too close to my personal protected zones. What I find interesting is that the author never even gets close to criticizing his wife Crystal or his Mom in the poems in this book. It is almost as if Fernandez has his own protected area.
If you like people that question authority and talk about difficult topics then this is a book for you. The thing that was clear to me when finishing the book is that Fernandez clearly has a future in writing in this medium. Congratulations and thanks to him.
So maybe you found him on Facebook, and it's cool; he sends you a message now and then and keeps you updated. Each one of Josh Fernandez's poems is like a message from that friend. Yes, this friend has been through a lot, like you knew he would. You still worry about him at times, but you know now he's going to be all right. You find yourself rooting for him, even when he exposes you to the darkest of what's in his heart.
Josh Fernandez has the gift of conveying much with very little. Each of his poems is succinct, but each carries so much of the weight of Fernandez's experiences that it is hard not to feel a sense of intimacy with them and with the author.
No matter how raw, how brutal, or how vulgar any of Fernandez's poems get, they never lose that warmth and that friendliness. The insights into Fernandez's pessimism, doubt, curiosity, optimism, jubilation, and hope will stay with you long after you have read the last few pages. Josh Fernandez is a writer to watch out for and to root for, and I highly recommend Spare Parts and Dismemberment to all the realists, the hippies, the lovers, the intellectuals, and anyone else who simply loves a good poetry read.