Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Featured Book: The Lament by Ercell H. Hoffman

About the book:

The Lament captures the full range of emotion that whirl around human relationships. Here are dozens of poems examining the profound joy of those deeply in love, the incredible longing of the separated partner, the intense loneliness of modern working life, and – above all – the indisputable necessity of connecting with people around us. Poet Ercell H. Hoffman casts a penetrating gaze on our everyday emotions, revealing our extraordinary capacity for feeling, empathy, and love. In “Lost to the Moment,” the speaker relishes the irreplaceable first blush of fledgling love that sweeps through her body “like a cool summer breeze.” “This Afternoon” explores the painful possibilities of a love that might have been – that “I knew could not blossom.” “Stay Heart Stay” is about the undying fire for another that refuses to be extinguished despite considerable hurdles. Meanwhile, other poems examine relationships in the contemporary workplace, revealing a deeply unsatisfying existence: “The Factory” looks at the peculiarly disconnected relationships among under appreciated factory workers, while “On the JOB” tackles the boredom of a career that’s anything but busy. Chock full of penetrating insights into the heart, The Lament is about our most basic needs: finding and keeping love and obeying your inner truth.

About the author:

Ercell H. Hoffman is the author of three books: The Acknowledgement, USA Anytime Anyplace, and A Journal of Thoughts, Dreams and Impressions – with Tips on How to Stay Fat. She first began writing cards for Hallmark and has been published in poetry anthologies and newspapers. A practicing licensed marriage family therapist in Compton, California, Hoffman also works as a consultant for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and California Children Services. In addition, Hoffman serves as clinical supervisor at American Drug Recovery Program, Inc., in Los Angeles. She is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother and lives in Compton, Calif.


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