by Joseph Hesch
Each poetry book has moments: an ebb and flow of brilliance unique to each writer’s craft. Penumbra has a seemingly endless supply of them. The author’s memories and observations cut like knives as nothing is held back from the reader. The poem Pourqui is especially profound as the Hesch muses how, “the world whispers in your ear, / like you wish Ellen did in French II”. Aspirations and remorse collide with lost potential in ways that only time can teach us. Hesch has lived life and understands it. There is truth and sorrow in his words.