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The Silence Before the Whisper Comes

The Silence Before the Whisper Comes




Bruce Kauffman


Author: Bruce Kauffman

Title: The Silence Before the Whisper Comes

ISBN: 978-1-897475-98-0 = 9781897475980 – Soft cover

Trade Paperback: 112 pages – 6 X 9 

Suggested Retail (Paperback): $19.95

Genre: Poetry, Canadian

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These quiet meditations offer lovely moments of clarity and expansion that “sew / history to future / with the fine needle of heart.” In the poet’s words, they are a “preface of hope.”

– Susan McMaster,

Poet and Editor



Bruce Kauffman writes of seeing “with a naked heart” – a phrase that encapsulates much of this striking new collection. These are tough little poems that grapple with life’s paradoxes and with mortality itself; but they also undulate and whisper and resonate with a graceful silence. Kauffman’s is ultimately a poetry of renewal and expansiveness. His poet’s eye ranges from low to high, from insects to hawks – and beyond, to Poe’s raven. And in all of this, the forest is never far away. These poems get under your skin and stay there.

– Jeanette Lynes,

Author of Archive of the Undressed


“In The Silence Before the Whisper Comes, Bruce Kauffman transports readers to those hushed moments in which we experience a profound and often unsettling connection to the earth and our place in it. The blueness of the sky, a woman braiding her hair, the song of the wind – Kauffman takes everyday moments and infuses them with reflection, yearning and poignant beauty.”

– Clelia Scala,

Editorial Director for The Open Book Foundation