New chapbook moves us
December 6, 2009
Christine Klocek-Lim’s chapbook, How to photograph the heart, has just been released from The Lives You Touch Publications, and it’s a wonderful collection that stings and calms us at the same time.
Klocek-Lim has been my friend for a few years, and her poem “Endearment” was featured in HRR’s June 2009 issue. But she is so much more!
She is a wonderful poet, photographer, and editor (her online poetry journal, Autumn Sky Poetry, is superb). She’s also a great mother and wife, and I’m sure she “plays” many other roles as well. She’s an inspiration!
It would make a wonderful gift this holiday season, as it shares so much hope amid the raw reality that comes with loving, losing, and remembering.
The title poem,
How to photograph the heartYou remember how the lens squeezed unimportant details into stillness: the essential trail of rain down glass, the plummet of autumn-dead leaves, your grandfather’s last blink when the breath moved on. Your startled hands compressed the shutter when you realized: this is it, this is the last movement he will take away from the silent fall of morphine, beyond the soft gasp of the nurse, past the sick, slow thud of your heart moving in the luminous silence.
Please check it out, and let us know what you think!
The very best to everyone, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Holly Rose Review!