The Unempty Spaces Between by Louis Efron.
A beautiful creation of song and scar, of emotional complexity and simple witness, Louis Efron's debut collection The Unempty Spaces Between mingles the natural and human worlds in a series of accessible, personal, universal poems. From lush to bare, the landscapes he presents us with are so intertwined with and impacted by our actions that we realize the two have always been one. Brimming with meditations deep as winter snow and boundless compassion and curiosity, these vibrant poems remain grounded in a universal familiarity that opens us up to something greater.
John Sibley Williams
author of As One Fire Consumes Another
Louis Efron's collection The Unempty Spaces Between reveals a reverence for nature and personal connection that reminds us of Mary Oliver's gorgeous nature poems. He uses language beautifully to tell us that tides "scar the sand," "petals color the earth/a sweet jazz composition," and "death can be a beautiful thing . . . unleashing the pent-up coil spring." These poems are a deep meditation on emptiness and the searching soul.
author of Small Life
The Unempty Spaces Between by Louis Efron is a refreshing work of poetry. Refreshing is the respect given to the craft of poetry. In the poetic world, where prose poetry dominates the landscape, it's refreshing to read poems marked by form and end-rhymes; notwithstanding, the journey the reader will take processing the metaphoric. Evidence of form, rhyme, and the metaphoric are signified in the poems Lost, A Candle with Two Wicks, and Spaces Between, to name a few. This work of poetry is worthy of a good read and the time of those who enjoy serious writing.
author of Our Scarlet Blue Wounds
Haunting, harrowing and frighteningly incisive, Louis Efron's dark narrative poems incite terror, provoke gut wrenching memories and invite personal reflection. A nightmarish adventure-what could be better? The Unempty Spaces Between is one of my favorite afternoon reads in a decade. In his own words, "a poetic inferno," but to my mind it's "a welcome assault on the senses."
Jim Volz, Ph.D.
Editor, Shakespeare Theatre Association's Quarto
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