The Unempty Spaces Between
Coming soon from Cathexis Northwest Press!
The Unempty Spaces Between is Louis Efron’s debut poetry collection including a selection of some of his previously published poems and many new ones.
The Unempty Spaces Between takes readers back to the early roots of Louis’ writing career as a creative writer.
Through vibrant, dark, and beautiful imagery and poetic verse, this book was born to move us to think, reflect, and look closer at what we are missing in the unempty spaces between.
Praise for The Unempty Spaces Between
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
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.
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.
What a simple luxury to read and soak in Louis Efron’s poetry in his book The Unempty Spaces Between. His deeply personal poems arouse the senses with visually inducing words such as “i blew out the sun like a candle . . .” that are enhanced by their unique form to create transforming imagery and meaning. A wonderful read for introspection.