Afterwords is a collection of poems about loss and the journey
may be, says writer Ken Foster, just one universal story: somebody
lost something. Afterwords, too, tells story of loss, but these
poems are reminders that the "afterwords" can also speak
of surviving with what remains.
Steinbaum has crafted an exquisite elegy, an achingly precise roadmap
for our journeys to fear, loss, immeasureable heartache and ultimate
understanding. In Afterwords , an unflinching chronicle of her husband's
illness and death, each poem is sharp and lyrically textured with
an insistent current of rage and confusing pulsing beneath. This book
will not make you comfortable - but it will leave you changed."
— Patricia Smith
"This collection of poetry by Ellen Steinbaum should be read
in the worn comfortable seat of your favorite chair, with, perhaps,
a glass of wine or a complacent cat purring beside you. It is poetry
to quietly contemplate, by a woman who is a veteran of life. It should
be required reading for those of us on the first half of the roller
coaster ride. There are many gems in this treasure chest of verse.
...I would not hesitate to buy it. It is a book that will teach you
about the craft, and more importantly life."
— Doug Holder, Ibbetson Update
"The writing is exquisite and metaphysicial and thought-provoking....(her)
poems are calm meditative reflections that equally burn and touch
your soul. The best poetry book I have read in months..."
— Lucid Moon Poetry Website