Ache

Elise Hempel –

“Elise Hempel’s Ache tells of the devastating disconnect between the desire to communicate and the inability to do so due to intervening time, distance, reticence, and technology. These are well-crafted, plainspoken remembrances, clearly the result of what William Shakespeare calls “sessions of sweet silent thought,” woven into tales of loss, regret, aging and death. All is not darkness, however. In poems such as “Blind Dates Back Then” and “A Voice Mail” we get a glimpse of humor as it relates to the written and spoken communication. Hempel’s poems about her family will warm your heart…or break it.”

Catherine Chandler