poems by Theresa Rodriguez (Werba)
In this passionate collection of sonnets in the Shakespearean, Spenserian, and Petrarchan forms, poet Theresa Rodriguez explores a myriad of topics, including the creative process, love and loss, faith and disillusionment, human frailty, and aging. An essential collection for those who enjoy formal poetry in general and the sonnet in particular.
POETRY / General
ISBN: 978-1-951651-35-0 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
Released August 2020
Theresa Rodriguez is the author of six books, including Jesus and Eros: Sonnets, Poems and Songs (Bardsinger Books, 2015) and Longer Thoughts (Shanti Arts, 2020). Her poems have appeared in such journals as the The Road Not Taken: The Journal of Formal Poetry, Mezzo Cammin, and The Society of Classical Poets Journal.
Rodriguez is a retired classical singer and voice teacher who holds a bachelor of arts in vocal music performance from Skidmore College and a master of music in voice pedagogy and performance from Westminster Choir College. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She has been a contributing writer for Classical Singer magazine on a myriad of topics of interest to classical singers. Rodriguez was also a therapeutic musician who provided musical services to institutionalized and senior citizen populations. She founded the Christian Poetry Fellowship of Bethel, Pennsylvania. She is a member of Berks Bards of Reading, Pennsylvania, and a contributing member of the Society of Classical Poets. She is also a new instructor at the Creative Light Factory of Spring City, Pennsylvania.
Rodriguez is the mother of six children and grandmother of six. A native of Manhattan, she lived for twenty-five years in rural Pennsylvania but now makes her home outside of Philadelphia.
“In fourteen lines, her sonnets in particular are able to communicate what takes essayists and writers thousands of words.”
“The sonnets of Theresa Rodriguez take the reader through a remarkable inner journey of extreme emotions. I am very moved and appreciative of such an honest voice and its expression in this form. Theresa Rodriguez is a sculptor with words, and with the deep tidal waves of emotion upon which they live.”
"This is a careful poet; one who has been well-schooled. Her knowledge of meter, form, grammar, and invention show a craftsman-like approach. Also, she is well aware of the necessity to merge thought, action, and emotion within a poem. Hers is a talent well worth watching."
"In Rodriguez we have the sense of a soul longing for order, for discipline, for that unreserved giving for the great cause of either passion or love. The poems, then, at their best can be touching, affecting, and profoundly felt experiences, and I think represent real poetry from a real soul whom the Muse has visited. The poetry contains some dazzling truths as she unashamedly faces the demons of herself, her life, and her imaginings."
A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Theresa Werba, Fevers of the Mind, March 10, 2022
Lynette G. Esposito, “Sonnets by Theresa Rodriguez,” North of Oxford
Andrew Benson Brown, “The Singing Lines of Theresa Rodriguez: A Review of Sonnets,” The Society of Classical Poets, January 12, 2021
“Poet Carol Smallwood Interviews Theresa Rodriquez,” Carolyn Howard-Johnson's New Book Review, April 18, 2020
James Sale, “Review: Poetry by Theresa Rodriguez,” The Society of Classical Poets, November 26, 2019
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