an evening absence still waiting for moon

Author: Bruce Kauffman

Title: an evening absence still waiting for moon

ISBN: 978-1-927725-68-9 = 9781927725689

Trade Paperback: 92 pages – 6 X 9 

Suggested Retail (Paperback): $19.95

Genre: Poetry and Photography, Canadian

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8 Words

sparse words that brim with time and light

28 Words

These poems will make you inhale with delight at Kauffman’s transparent gift of light. They are predominantly rich, full of push and pull between marvel and reflective expectation.

41 Words

Kauffman has an irrepressible sense of marvel and revelation in his observations of life, death and sensuality. His are words that will allow you to rest between stanzas, between poems. You will not be in a hurry to finish this book.


I’m thankful Bruce Kauffman exists in our day and age. His poetry is as spare and truthful as a wind chime singing about the universal breeze no one sees and everyone feels. Like some kind of lyrical defibrillator, the poems in this book will bring you back to life.

Jason Heroux,
Kingston Poet Laureate

Bruce Kauffman’s poetry, particularly in this latest collection, an evening absence still waiting for moon, is full of light. There is a sensation of delicate fingers lithely travelling over the ivory keys of a piano and producing a melody so fine, so exquisite, we simply gasp. And Kauffman’s pen is indeed infused with light—and lightness. We feel that he is illuminating the way—but he does it with such a diaphanous touch, we don’t feel like we are being pushed or coaxed: we absolutely want to go! Like the snow in his “light snow” that catches the “low light of street lamps” and ultimately “sleeps on two sides of softness”, Kauffman reminds us that lightness is not just a physical state, but also a sought-after state of mind. And in poems like “downtown – may 9th”, “the living and the dead”, “origin”, and “pulse” to name but a few, it is a lightness he helps us achieve.

Carolyne Van Der Meer
author of Journeywoman, and
Motherlode: A Mosaic of Dutch Wartime Experience