GREAT BAY, St. Martin - Fantasies – Love-making poems by Fabian Adekunle Badejo is now a recommended summer reading book in the USA, said Jacqueline Sample of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), the book’s publisher.
Small Press Distributors (SPD) picked the book of adult love poems in June for its newest “SPD Recommends” list of 20 titles at SPDbooks.org goo.gl/yECTKZ. SPD, based in California, is a major distributor for indie publishers in the USA.
The newest book by Badejo, a well-known St. Martin writer, has been reviewed as, “A grown-up literary confection that does what verse written by men seems to seldom do these days,” by author/journalist Sharon Leach of the Jamaica Observer newspaper.
At home, Fantasies has also been exciting the imagination. The book had to be re-stocked at Van Dorp bookstore in less than two weeks after its launch before an audience of over 300 people at St. Martin Book Fair’s opening ceremony, June 1, said Sample.
Sample said that, “Some people are still surprised that Mr. Badejo, a mostly serious-topic author, would write erotic poems with names like ‘Strip,’ ‘The First Kiss,’ ‘Beauty & the Priest,’ ‘Lick Me,’ ‘Mating Sounds,’ ‘Girl Talk,’ and ‘Bragging Rights.’”
Guadeloupean novelist Doris Dumabin is probably more to the point when she said that in Fantasies “our excitement climbs to its paroxysm.”
Perhaps with an inkling that the collection would travel soon after being published, Aruban poet Rosabelle Illes said, Fantasies is “A sensual odyssey. Badejo communicates with the intensity only found in infatuation and a truth only discovered through relentless devotion.”
The poems in Fantasies also “celebrate male strength by exploring in all its big-hearted glory, … its vulnerability, honesty … and, yes, avid beauty,” said Leach.
Fantasies is available at Van Dorp, Arnia’s bookstore, and SPD goo.gl/2KgGuj.
About The Author
Fabian Adekunle Badejo is also the author of Claude — A Portrait of Power, Salted Tongues — Modern Literature in St.Martin, and co-author of Maroon Lives – Tribute to Maurice Bishop & Grenadian Freedom Fighters.
Badejo coordinated the groundbreaking St. Maarten Festival of Culture in 1982; and produced concerts by kaisonian Mighty Dow and humorists Paul Keens Douglas and Fernando Clark.
He has directed plays and film documentaries and presented papers on St. Martin’s literature and culture at regional and international conferences. Between 1989 and 2005, Badejo was managing director/editor, publisher, and news director respectively of The St. Maarten Guardian, St. Martin Business Week, and Today Newspaper.
For over 30 years, Badejo produced and hosted “Culture Time,” the weekly cultural magazine on PJD2 radio. Fantasies — Love-making poems is his first collection of poetry.