Observations in Poetry and Pictures:
The Words and Images of Adolfo Caso
By Adolfo Caso*
The Dante University Foundation, Inc.
ISBN : 0937832464
70 Pages, MultiMedia
I do not immediately understand all poetry-yet the words speak to my heart and it responds. So, oftentimes, I read and reread a selection until the words flourish in my understanding. When I opened Adolfo’s CD, I found that I went through it three times before I forced myself to stop. And now, as I write this review, I begin again…watching, reading, listening and enjoying!
This work is a delight! This is a magnificent array of sights and words that capture you from the introduction to the end.
My eyes were first drawn to his photography. Immediately it spoke to me as I relished someone else’s interest in rock formation and its beauty. I thought of my own rock garden scenes and wanted to share and talk about the visions he had presented to us. I want to go to these places that have been captured; I want to walk near and touch the images–are they really so beautiful? I want to sit and study this beauty, see it from different angles than those that have been captured. . Each picture is intriguing, beautiful, and evocative-there is no choice but to immediately go now to read the words!
Adolfo and I briefly met many years ago in Chicago…then I grew to know him through his book, The Straw Obelisk, But, Adolfo’s poetry and photography allowed me to come to know him, yes, as a true artist. His claim that he did not have the talent to become an artist is only partially true, for his talents have been demonstrated through words and camera. Come, let us review his words now:
Fulfill those Urges
That surge within your soul,
If you don’t do it now
You will miss the bliss
That attracts the young.*
*Part of “Why Dream, ” p.4.
Here they are; here they are,
The God-made couple
I brought my hand to her breast
And there beheld Paradise.*
*Part of “Evening in Spring,” p.10
Whether the words are of love, man’s flight into space, Kennedy’s death, or the many other issues expressed, they solicit passion, wonder, and tears. We hear the music that he hears. We laugh or we cry with Adolfo; we empathize through his words. And it is good to share his thoughts. For those of you who know the language, the final selections are provided in both Italian and English and as he shares memories of Naples and Milan, it will be a special blessing for many of you.
During my third time through, I noticed a little mark above the directional arrows. Clicking in curiosity, I am amazed to find Adolfo, sitting at a little bistro table, an espresso before him…and he’s talking to me! He tells me about why he writes, he shares intimate thoughts as we sit there. Other times, I click and a lovely female voice is reading along with me, articulating each word carefully, so that I may enjoy each word more fully.
I was impressed…no doubt about it! This book in macromedia form is something that will be held close and enjoyed over and over. Adolfo, I applaud your works, I embrace your words to my heart and I delight in the sights you have shared. There is no doubt whatsoever…get this CD!
*Adolfo Caso is owner/Publisher of BrandenBooks