The Lament: Selected Poems and Prose is a short yet powerful and full of emotions and wonderful words that will leave an impression on the readers. Different feelings like gladness, joy, anxiety, longing, misery and sadness take flight from the book and toward the awareness and feelings of the readers–thus, a connection is established. A book that connects with the readers is definitely worth the time to read about. This is recommended for everyone to read, being brief yet interesting and captivating.
I tend to approach books of poetry with a bit of trepidation, knowing that the poet’s soul lies bare within the pages of their collections. I wasn’t sure what I would find in The Lament or how I would write a positive review if I didn’t enjoy or relate to the work. But I must say that I was very pleasantly surprised with this author. The Lament (Selected Poems and Prose) is insightful; beautiful and emotional; intense yet humble. Ercell H. Hoffman understands the human condition and is able to put into words the feelings most of us are unable to articulate. I especially liked The Birth of a Poem. I will proudly keep this volume alongside more prominent poets. If you enjoy poetry, I highly recommend The Lament.