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Hubbub and Fiddle By Thomas DeFreitas
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HUBBUB AND FIDDLE contains eight sonnets, 13 ghazals, four villanelles, and two sestinas. Among them, you will find poems in praise of nature, God, Boston and its quieter suburbs, good books, cool... More > weather, conviviality, and many other things--there are poems both serious and comic, with a definite bias toward the lighthearted! HUBBUB AND FIDDLE takes its title from the beautiful poem "Prologue" by Dylan Thomas.< Less
The Crystal Tambourine By Thomas DeFreitas
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THE CRYSTAL TAMBOURINE covers a period of twenty-seven years, and displays a variety of forms and styles. In this selection, Thomas DeFreitas pays tribute to many influential poetic ancestors:... More > Dante, Campion, Herbert, Tennyson, Dickinson, Mallarmé, Stevens, Cummings, Merton, Ashbery, Heaney. We see in these poems a range of human moods: from the sober to the exuberant, from the meditative to the celebratory, from the irreverent to the awestruck.< Less
Under All Silences By Thomas DeFreitas
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UNDER ALL SILENCES contains 87 of the poems found in Thomas DeFreitas's previous three books (Hubbub and Fiddle, The Crystal Tambourine, The Stopped Clock). This collection shows a young poet's... More > experimentalism and a maturing poet's versatility within formal constraints. UNDER ALL SILENCES takes its title from a love sonnet by Edward Estlin Cummings.< Less
The Stopped Clock By Thomas DeFreitas
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The poems in THE STOPPED CLOCK were written between 2008 and 2013. Among them can be found sonnets (the title poem) and villanelles, a rondeau and a ballade, several ghazals and a few poems in free... More > verse -- ranging in mood from the serious to the lighthearted. It is the author's hope that among these poems, there will be found something to delight even the most exacting of readers.< Less
Chasing the Waves By Thomas DeFreitas
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This collection, the poet's sixth, contains the autobiographical sequence "Chasing the Waves," in which the poet reminisces about various years in his early life. The volume also contains... More > the villanelle "Our Lady of Cambridge," the meditative "Poem at Dawn," and the exuberant "Eighties Soundtrack." There is light verse praising W. H. Auden and Dylan Thomas, and there is even a "Punk Rock Sonnet for Boston."< Less
Awake at Four By Thomas DeFreitas
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In this collection of 35 poems, we see what one reader has called the "startling flexibility" of this poet. There is versatility with the villanelle, agility with the ghazal, and skill with... More > the sonnet. Perusing these pages, we find poems about the weather, about an imaginative journey to Halifax, about coffee. This poet takes evident delight in life's quotidian joys!< Less
Simple Things By Thomas DeFreitas
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The majority of these poems were written since 2013. Here we find the nostalgic cadences of "Chasing the Waves," the open-hearted devotion of "Our Lady of Cambridge," the... More > meditative tenor of "Poem at Dawn" and "Vigils," the light comedy of "Audenesque Hip-Hop" and "O Coffee," and the reverent solemnities of "Donahue Field" and "For John Clare." Wide-ranging and verbally alert, by turns ebullient and grave, these poems are offered in the hope that they will delight, enchant, provoke, and please.< Less
Combobulations By Thomas DeFreitas
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This collection includes twenty-six poems written within the last year, and nine revisions of older poems. From the exuberant "I Write Because" to the elegiac "Donahue Field,"... More > from the homely detail of the poem "For John Clare" to the bubbly surrealism of "My Belly," from the concise vignette of "Tremont Street" to the comic rhymes of "Boston, You Kill Me," these poems will delight, enchant, enthrall, provoke, and please. Or so their author hopes!< Less
Changing to Rain By Thomas DeFreitas
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These poems were written largely in the year 2016. They range from the solemn blank sonnet about Mount Pleasant Cemetery to the light verse written for his mother at Christmas, from a wry look at a... More > young philosopher to a reverent look at an old rosary. There are letters to a poet-friend and a tribute to the late W. H. Auden. There are observations of his native Boston area (especially of the pleasant suburb of Arlington, which the poet calls home). There is a celebration of Easter and there are paraphrases of the ancient Roman poet Catullus. And in the title poem, there is a portrait of a snow-laden sky as it changes to rain.< Less
Opening Act By Thomas DeFreitas
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OPENING ACT contains fourteen ghazals in a whimsical idiom, as well as a sonnet and a sestina. Most of these poems can be found in HUBBUB AND FIDDLE, a volume which contains eleven additional poems... More > as well.< Less