No Longer Time
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
These are beautiful poems that will break your
heart and bring you closer to yourself and more intimate with love.
Hotch has carried grief and her daughters death into full bloom.
In this sheaf of poems, the poet shares a collection of most unguarded
human testimonies as she speaks of losing her adult daughter to cancer.
Where a poem might go soft with sentiment, we see instead courage to
burn through to reality; when a less confident voice might waver in
precision, here we see commitment to truth-telling; when a misstep might
even be forgivable given the high-stakes emotions of burying the dead,
were treated to heartfelt meditative reflection captured in language
of clarity. This collection of poems will be of use to its readers as
it offers comfort in its candor, eloquence in its lament. We can stand
for a moment to face our own losses and let go, even as these poems
let us hold on to life at the very same instant. We owe this poet a
A.B., English, Brooklyn College; former Massachusetts
high school English teacher; literary coordinator for Arts/Wayland Art
Center; member of S.O.M.O.S. board for twelve years.