Spanish Cedar, Christopher Robin Adams
Raised in Florida, Christopher Robin Adams’ 57 years of writing have touched many careers: banking, marketing, administration, retail, and teaching. All of these lend depth to his descriptions of the cigar experience. Locations change, but an appreciation of tobacco, its beginnings and final rolled form, has inspired him to share in writing what has be discussed in Brevard County’s cigar lounges the past few years. Viewing, smelling, tasting, savoring, discussing, and reflecting on the cigar have inspired many writings; this book contains a good sampling. Adams lives in Florida with his wife, four cats, and humidor.
Paperback, 8 X 9, 224 Pages
"Like a good cigar, this poetry collection opens up as one reads it, offering subtler insights and keener rhythms the deeper one goes. The title of Adams’ extended paean to cigars is telling: Spanish cedar is the traditional choice for building humidors, the cases in which cigars are preserved. Of course, his book has a similar goal: he hopes—quite uniquely—to save and preserve the cigar experience for poetry lovers. His collection falls into three movements. The first is a paradise for aficionados. Described as “Poems about Specific Cigars,” its contents describe individual “sticks.” “He Saunters In,” for example, features a cameo by the Serie V Liga Especial, whose “dark and varied taste makes a strong pause, / a richly flavored stop while I wander, visit by visit, / through the selections available.” And yet these poems are something more than cigar reviews; rather, each uses the smoke as a jumping-off point for reflections on literature, music, leisure, and a bevy of other topics. A second section of verse on cigars “In General” offers broader insights on the smoking experience—and often on how that experience shapes thought: “A cigar in hand modulates fuel to the mind, / as a carburetor, / by misting considerations of cured and rolled tobacco leaf’s / flow, / texture, / flavor, / and consistency.” Throughout, one senses the author’s humble wonder at the ways that smoke stimulates thought, which stimulates writing. Truly, for Adams, the cigar is not merely the thing itself; it’s an indispensable part of the creative process. His book’s third section features more extended creative flights: poems written “While Appreciating a Cigar.” Among the best is “Rain Falls,” a reverie on love that culminates with the memorable line, “We are a joke, / a twist of circumstances and language, / but we don’t care.” Obviously, these poems will yield more complex joys for those who enjoy a tightly rolled Macanudo Estate Reserve. But there’s plenty here for the rest of us, too." Sumptuous delights for smokers and nonsmokers alike.
"My fellow cigar smoking friend, Christopher Adams, wrote a book....a book of poetry. This collection of poetry was inspired from the leaf. He captures the passion, the fun ...the thoughts and feelings of the cigar experience. I am truly enjoying this book! I hope cigar shops stock their shelves with this book....would make a great gift for a loved one. Thank you Christopher for allowing me to be entertained and mesmerized by your words!"
Ladies of the Leaf Aficionados’ Society
"… there are a lot of interesting poems in here. A lot of them do name cigars. It’s a nice read for inside a hammock with a cigar and a brandy or rum by your side. So, if poetry is your thing, you might want to check out this book ... or if you are a collector of cigar stuff."
-The Cigar Authority
September 27, 2014 podcast