Nocturnal Embers by Helle Gade…a wonderful collection of poetry to welcome 2014!


“Nocturnal Embers” is a beautiful collection of poetry and photographs by Danish writer, Helle Gade. I was very impressed by the poet’s first book, “Silent Dreams”, but I think this is even better. The poems touched me in so many ways; some made me want to weep, others made me smile. Each one touched a part of me.

“Excruciating Pain, “Release Me”, “Sadness”, “Fog” and “Fatigue” moved me almost to tears. The first of these is a heart-rending description of a person suffering with an invisible, painful illness. Knowing several people who have to live with pain constantly or who live behind a façade of normality, this poem stood out for me.

I love the poem “Child’s Soul”. It is quite beautiful, mentioning the positive attributes of love and compassion. I felt that it could be matched with “Karma”; despite the fact that, in many ways, it is the opposite of “Child’s Soul”.
“Karma” is a chilling poem, talking of Karma as
”……the hoar frost
The harbinger of death
To all who are without love and compassion.”

I enjoyed the love that flowed through “Pap” and the hopefulness of “New Circle” and “The Sting”. Some of my favourite lines come from the poem, “Fireworks”:
“Let go of the expectations of other people’s opinions of you
Let go of the control
And spin till you are dizzy”

I have already read this collection of Helle Gade’s wonderful poetry twice and I can say with certainty, that I shall read it again. I would recommend “Nocturnal Embers” to anyone who enjoys beautiful, heart-felt poetry.

7 thoughts on “Nocturnal Embers by Helle Gade…a wonderful collection of poetry to welcome 2014!

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  2. huntersjones

    Agreed. This is one of the most powerful poetry books I have ever experienced. The stark beauty of Helle’s words touched my heart and soul. It is a read that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

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