New poetry collection introduced by Joseph Baldi Acosta
Deist, scientist shares human perspectives through free verse, sonnet, haiku, villanelle
ROCKVILLE, Md. – Seeking to bring the reader with him on a journey of reflection and self-discovery, Joseph Baldi Acosta introduces his new book of poetry, “My Life in Metaphor” (published by AuthorHouse).
Baldi Acosta’s many life experiences have contributed to the topics of his poems. “I am a Deist who respects different cultures, beliefs and religions, as long as they are not destructive; a scientist who sees no contradiction with religion; a Mexican-Italian American who grew up poor and experienced a great loss as a child; and a person who has lived and worked in three South American and two Middle Eastern countries.”
The poems in “My Life in Metaphor” celebrate life and reject hate, intolerance and the devastating consequences of violence while capturing key memories and experiences from Baldi Acosta’s child and young-adulthood. “The excitement of living abroad and exposure to distinct cultures, languages, religions and numerous fascinating experiences shaped me,” Acosta says.
His poems also range in topic, exploring the dark and light sides of human emotions and behavior, different forms of religious worship, social criticism and even challenges dealing with aging, death and loss. “The poems in my book deal with many relevant topics of importance in this rapidly changing 21st century world, including the need for a better understanding of and tolerance for the diverse cultures and religions in our own country and abroad,” Baldi Acosta relates.
Anne Becker, poet laureate emerita of Takoma Park, Md., confirms Acosta’s self-assessment in “My Life in Metaphor” saying, “Both a romantic and a metaphysician, Baldi Acosta shows us, as we travel with him, the particular beauty and mystery of the natural world, and the dark and light sides of human existence.”
“My Life in Metaphor”
By Joseph Baldi Acosta
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 108 pages | ISBN 9781491820544
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 108 pages | ISBN 9781491820551
E-Book | 108 pages | ISBN 9781491820568
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Joseph Baldi Acosta grew up in the Mar Vista-Venice area of Southern California, in a predominantly Spanish speaking household. He is married, has two daughters and three granddaughters and resides in Maryland. Baldi Acosta was awarded the 2010 Ventura Valdez English Poetry Award for “Curandero of Juarez: A Childhood Memory,” and the 2013 Ventura Valdez English Poetry Award for “The Limited.” In addition, he was a finalist in the 2011 ArLiJo Poetry Competition, for his poem, “The End and the Beginning.”
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About the Book
Welcome to My Life in Metaphor, one man’s life experiences and views of life, death, and everything in between.
My writing reflects
growing up a part of two distinct, rich cultures;
training as a scientist and public health professional;
work and residence in three foreign countries – Brazil, Jordan and Ecuador;
a love of nature; and,
great respect for our country, but concern about a decline in our nation’s values – the growing hostility and intolerance, technology as a substitute for direct human contact, and excessive violence.
I hope you will enjoy my poetry, find it interesting and thought-provoking.
Joseph Baldi Acosta