The spare, powerful poems in Brightness Falls celebrate "this"--the unexpected turns, joys, regrets, and ordinary imperfections of our days. These, the poems caution, are the days we must not squander: "know this: it will/ not last."

"With fierce tenderness, with a delicate strength, Ellen Steinbaum's Brightness Falls maps the brave, risky journey from bereavement to the "stunned contentment" of new love. The poet endures with a life-embracing passion for the living garden's renewal, for the full-blown rose the beloved has left on her night-stand. In these beautifully realized poems, contentment is stunning. "No one is unscathed, yet here we are,/triumphant."
— Gail Mazur

"This book is a 'must read' for everyone who has survived and recovered from loss. It is for everyone else as well."
— Zvi Sesling, Boston Small Press and Poetry Scene

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