Esther Schor | The Hills of Holland | Gazelle Books

Esther Schor’s poems live where the poet who must choose-rhyme and rhythm; the wayward fortunes of travel, art and myth-meets the given of everyday life: children and comets, punchlines and snow. In her formal sequence, ‘Cumbria,’ enduring ruins and rocks of the Lake District tell us our own frailty; they speak of ‘Death / how it comes and goes, how a cry / becomes speech, turns to a whisper.’ In the title poem, two narrators take us to Sumatra in the late 18th century. The “Hills of Holland” is a truly ambitious work by an extremely talented writer. Continue reading