- Louis Jenkins, author of "North of the Cities" and "European Shoes"
If a voice of warm dry humor is possible in the chilly Midwest, it is in this collection. "The Dark Honey" sits quite well, thank you, amongst the great literary achievements of the North Coast, indeed, the headwaters of the Mississippi. Schoenfeld rocks with the best of them!
- Denise Sweet, author of "Know By Heart" and "Songs for Discharming,"and Wisconsin Poet Laureate, 2004-2008
Ellie Schoenfeld's poetry acts as a charm against complacency. In "The Dark Honey," desire always trumps satiation. The horizon, with its promising light and suggestive outlines, keeps calling the poet forward. Yet even before the "secret possible futures" arrive, the pilgrim in these poems is anticipating "the long quiet ahead." An elegiac quality therefore colors these pages, giving them a double poignancy of desire and loss. When tulip bulbs "whisper their voluptuous ideas" to Schoenfeld, we're persuaded, too, given the voluptuousness of her work itself, which is the kind that could bring back to poetry those who've given up on it.
- Philip Dacey, author of "Vertebrae Rosaries"