Advance Praise For The Breath Between
"I love these poems. Weaving together the textures of light and the rhythms of breath, seeing the wonder in ordinary everyday surroundings, touching the mysteries of night and death and grief, Bethany Lee has put into words some of the deepest human experience, and given it back to us clothed in joy and hope. Her work sings like a bird."
— Penelope Wilcock, author of The Hawk and the Dove and The Clear Light of Day
"Let this book into your life, and it will be a generous visitor, giving you blessings and consolations, musical thoughts, and glances of spirit light to play across your troubles and your treasures. In the ebb and flow of well-being that is a given for us all, these poems will nudge you back to center, to the true point of beginning."
— Kim Stafford, author of Wild Honey, Tough Salt (Red Hen Press, 2019)
"I feel I have not just now read a collection of poems. I feel instead that I have walked through a collection of moments, each of which gently called me to step into its world; invited me to meet its delicately-painted framework with my own colors, my own pain, my own dreams; and convinced me to stay for a while. The urge to race on to each next page, to see what world awaited me there, was overcome by a compulsion to allow my body just a few more breaths in the universe of the last."
— Shannon Curtis, music-maker & storyteller
"Memorization is not my strong-suit, but this collection contains so many gems I want to hold forever (including one in particular that may be my favorite poem of all time), that it begged me to commit these to memory. It's so packed with lines of breathtaking beauty, it left me rapturous and winded."
— Benjamin Gorman, author of Don't Read This Book and The Sum of Our Gods
"Mystical and joyful, Lee delivers clean lines of poetry with a frank and open heart. Her window to the natural world is one of whimsy and deep connection. She writes of human relationships thoughtfully and with unadorned love.
There is magic in this collection. There is insight into what it means to be human amidst life's wonder."
— Jennifer Springsteen, co-founder of PDX Writers and poetry reviewer for American Journal of