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!

You can find her book here: The Lives You Touch Publications.  You can also find links to it in HRR’s WONDER Issue.  Here’s one on our News Page

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 heart

You 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.            

 ~Christine Klocek-Lim

Please check it out, and let us know what you think!

The very best to everyone, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Holly Rose Review!


Issue cover photo by Christine Klocek-Lim

Christine Klocek-Lim, editor of Autumn Sky Poetry, an online poetry journal, and one of HRR’s June issue poets has compiled a wonderful issue of ekphrastic poetry inspired by some incredible artwork–both from famous and emerging artists.

The mix for this issue, which is Autumn Sky Poetry’s first to include artwork besides the vibrant and moving photographs of the editor in past issues, takes readers through many emotions, incorporating not only an array of artistic styles but also both free and formal verse as well as a contrapuntal poetic highlight.

According to Klocek-Lim, “Within a few months I committed myself to creating an issue that celebrated the fusion of poetry and art.”  And celebrate it does as each collaboration tugs at us a bit, reminding us of what’s here and who’s gone.

Check it at, and let us know what you think.

Great job, Christine!

Christine Klocek-Lim, one of the poets featured in HRR’s Issue Two, has a chapbook coming out in December from Seven Kitchens Press called “The book of small treasures.”

Here’s a link:

Congrats, Christine; we’ll look for it!