During “A Night for Love” on Friday, February 14 in the Nicoyan restaurant La Fulana Cosa, local poet Carlos Briceño Sequeira shared some of his poetry during a live reading accompanied by the guitar music of Jean Marco Del Castillo.
About 100 attended the event, which began a little after 8 p.m. During the event, Briceño distributed the last remaining copies of his first collection of poetry, Navios del alma (Ships of the Soul), with themes of love, happiness, sadness and the magic that can be found in everyday life.
La Fulana Cosa was a fitting setting for the reading, since the restaurant has played a role in Briceño´s creative development.
The poet has spent many evenings there, where he used to meet up with the late Nicoyan musician, Fidel Gamboa Góldenberg, lead singer of Malpais, to talk for hours about poetry, literature and other themes. Navios del alma was dedicated to Gamboa.
The Voice of Guanacaste was also present at the event, distributing complimentary copies of the February print edition of the newspaper, which featured an article about the poet and his first book.
Briceño, age 38, currently lives in Casitas de Nicoya and is finishing preparations to publish a second poetry collection, which he considers even more ambitious since seven of the poems will be recorded on a CD accompanied by popular Costa Rican musicians, including Jean Marco Del Castillo, as well as Gamboa´s uncle, Max Goldenberg. Briceño is currently looking for sponsors to help fund the publication.
Before and after the reading, Del Castillo performed a number of popular ballads centered on the theme of love. The musician, singer and songwriter was born in Lima, Peru but nationalized to Costa Rica more than 20 years ago. In 2010, he won the ACAM national music award in the category of composer/writer for the song “Para Vos” (For You).