The poetry memoir Blueberries and Coffee encompasses poetry written by Julio Torres when he was between the ages of 19-22, with added commentary as a 40-year-old. Themes range from surfing, college, punk-rock music, struggling through college, existentialism, politics. His 40-year-old brain meets his 20-year-old poetic brain. The commentary adds context to each poem, and shares revelations from the reflection – lessons learned from reflection, wisdom gained from reflection.
Julio Torres is a middle school teacher in Brevard County and has previously published a coming-of-age surfing thriller My Twisted Summer. Blueberries and Coffee is his first non-story structure book.
Middle school students have raved about the book:
“This is an entertaining page turner that shows deep insight on meaningful poetry. The idea of commenting on a younger self is very creative.”
“This is a great book from a man who has come so far in life. He has embraced his past. A great way to know a man is by poetry. I’ve learned so much about him now. The poems are diverse and all focus on life problems."
Blueberries and Coffee is available at LuLu
The book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX6Bgi3VFGc