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The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo

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The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo

Winner of the 2014 Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award

by Poet and Artist, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda


Available on www.sanfranciscobaypress.com,

www.amazon.com, and www.carolynforonda.com

print copy: $14.99 + S & H

From the first to the last page of The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda captures and evokes the spiritual richness and artistic quaking of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and their complicated, love-torn lives. With sumptuous imagery, yet acute precision and detail, the book delves into the artistic, marital and physical struggles of the artists, detailing how Kahlo, who even as she was undergoing painful surgeries and engaging her work, anguished about her husband Diego Rivera’s famous infidelities.  The Rivera poems are sometimes delicate, sometimes swarthy and muscular, representing the painter’s physical and imagistic largess, as well as his interaction with his beloved Kahlo — an endearing, nonchalant kiss.  Kreiter-Foronda’s portrait of these artists explores work, lives, and their well-documented Titan-like dance in an authentic voice, giving life and breath to not only Kahlo’s surreal self-portraits, the tragic accident that became her artistic nexus, Diego’s “art for the people” stance, but also the stoic and defiant voices of the artists that emboldened first the Mexican people and subsequently, the world. With its kinetic energy and bold envisioning, The Embrace is a well-researched, supremely crafted and perfectly executed narrative “embrace.”

                                                                        ––Shonda Buchanan, author of Who’s Afraid of Black Indians?


Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda served as Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2006-2008.  For her contributions during her term, she was awarded a Resolution of Appreciation from the State Board of Education.  She has published five books of poetry and co-edited two poetry anthologies.  Her poems have received numerous awards and appear widely throughout the United States and abroad.  Carolyn currently serves as a Literary Arts Specialist on a Metrorail Public Art Project, which will integrate literary works, including her own, into art installations at metro stations in Northern Virginia.  An accomplished painter, she also teaches art-inspired poetry workshops for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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