The Uncomfortable Freedom

Fernando Rover Jr.
Fernando Rover Jr. Author Interview

Labyrinth is a collection of poetry that illustrates Black masculinity through lenses of identity, vulnerability, heritage, and resilience. What inspires you to write?

What inspires me to write often is what I can’t or don’t understand. I’m inspired by curiosity- especially as it pertains to the human condition. I write to understand and not to be understood. I’m inspired by the writers that came before me like Toni Morrison and James Baldwin. I’m inspired to tell stories I know need to be told- stories on the Black gay male experience. I’m inspired by the growing pains that writing comes with. The uncomfortable freedom that comes from writing that is both exhilarating and excruciating.

My favorite poem in the collection is “Token (An Ode to Blackness)”. Do you have a favorite poem from this collection?

Let me preface it by saying that they are all my favorites for different reasons. But if I had to pick one poem and name that reason, it would be ‘Indigo’ because fun fact, it was one of the last poems written and it was inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. I wrote it as a homage to the Black gay male experience which is an experience I often find is ignored and is overlooked by both the Black and gay community. Indigo is one of my favorite colors and I love the enigmatic essence the color has. I wrote it because I was also inspired by the film ‘Moonlight’ and a lot of the camera shots used the color Indigo. If I could categorize what color represents the Black gay male experience, I would say Indigo because Indigo is a mixture of blue and purple; Blue representing masculine energy and Purple representing feminine energy and the synergy of the two colors are the essence of that experience.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

One thing I hope readers take away from Labyrinth is knowing there is power in vulnerability. There is power in revealing one’s self and there is a transformative effect that comes along with being vulnerable.

Do you have plans to publish other works of poetry?

Absolutely. I am always working on something as a writer. I am always inspired or influenced by anything and everything around me. I have another project in me and I can feel it presenting itself but I am not going to say when it’s coming out. Just know when it’s ready and when it is released, it will be worth the wait.

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Labyrinth is a collection of poetry that illustrates Black masculinity through lenses of identity, vulnerability, heritage, and resilience. Accompanied by captivating images of the Scottish island of Iona, the anthology uses the theme of pilgrimage to present a lyrical portrait on the Black male experience in America.”2019 Best Indie Book Award winner for Poetry”

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