I am delighted to announce that my new poetry book, Space Between, is now available!
John Barstow—the Editor of Space Between—writes that the book is a “body of work that reflects a lifelong commitment to writing poetry as a source of nourishment, self-empowerment and self-expression.
Eileen’s poetry offers an intimate window into her soul and glimpses of the journey of a woman in transition from seeking, to having arrived and fully become herself. It’s a wellspring of gratitude for the things that you can’t buy: intimacy, love, and friendship.”
There has been a great response to advance copies as well, so I’ve included some of the endorsements below.
I hope my poems speak to you too!
“These are real poems in the traditional sense, not confected from wordplay or facile nature analogies or shimmering Haiku surfaces, but wrought in a deep and caustic and sometimes painful quest for the complex truths and felicities of her fascinating life and family that she described in her compelling memoir but transforms into transcendent art in her impassioned poetry.”
… “The holocaust and the tree poem redeems and transcends Joyce Kilmer!”
—GEORGE GILDER, Investor, Economist, and Author of several books, including Life After Television, Microcosm, The Spirit of Enterprise, Telecosm, and international bestseller Wealth and Poverty
“You have to be gentle to be strong.” With these words and hundreds of others, Eileen Rockefeller draws us into her world where nature and spirit align to reveal beauty and wisdom in the gentle and ever revealing flow of giving and taking and prayer and relationship. She is the poet who writes like a mysterious and kind neighbor whom you’ve known your whole life, open but not intrusive, always discovering surprises in the silence and miracles in every nearby space and moment. Her words are both gentle and strong, companions on the road where “peace is the flower / And beauty it’s power.”
—TIMOTHY SHRIVER, Chairman and CEO of Special Olympics, and Chair of Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
“Deeply rooted and yet often playful, these poems are filled with light and kindness.”
—BILL MCKIBBEN, Award-winning Environmentalist, Founder of 350.org, and Author of several bestselling books including The End of Nature, Deep Economy, eaarth, and Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance
“In Space Between Eileen Rockefeller offers us a poetic celebration of daily life and a reminder of the opportunity to find the beauty and meaning present in the ordinary. These poems are an invitation to have new eyes and live the life you have been given deeply and joyfully.”
—RACHEL NAOMI REMEN MD, Author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings
“The soothing, often spiritual, poems in Space Between remind me of my ineffable and comforting connections with nature and those I love. Thus, again in reading them they reinforce, for me, what makes my life meaningful.”
—KARE ANDERSON, Speaker, Columnist, and Author of Mutuality Matters: How You Can Create More Opportunity Adventure & Friendship With Others and Moving From Me to We
“Eileen has such a lovely way with words, finding the most apt expressions of her emotions. In so many of her poems, I felt a shiver of appreciation for an unexpected, but perfect, turn of phrase, such as “helix of its art,” or “to open with your eyes” instead of the mundane “to open your eyes.” Among the poems that resonated with me the most are “Break Waters,” “Love’s Last Breath,”and “Blessing for my Children.””
—MEREDITH LOURIA, Educator and Advocate