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Understanding what separates one individual from another, one concept from another, one realm or planet or star from another, or even that space which separates a question from an answer, is all brought into question and analyzed in poetic fashion by Anna Elkins in her collection of poetry The Space Between. Anna divides her collection into three different sections which separate 'what is' from 'what is dreamed.' Part I, “What Is,” is a collection of poems which discuss the different types of things that fill the space between others in reality, for instance, the space between words or the fog between grass and trees in the forest, or even the space filled with a kiss between Saturday and Sunday. Part II, “What Is Dreamed,” brings to light those things which fill the space between sleeping and waking, especially in the exact moment when one awakens to realize that the plumage of a bird has turned to ice on the windshield. Finally, Part III, “What Is Dreamed of In Day,” which opens the door to exploring the elusive dreams which are those things we strive to achieve like the gold which we try to shape into a brick to stack. All of these poems come together into a complete portrait which draws together the space between dreams and reality.
In The Space Between, Anna Elkins paints a portrait which bridges the space between dreams, striving, and reality by using word images that would be impossible to construct with the medium of a graphic artist. Only through the imagination, spurred on by the imagery of poems such as these, is the mind able to envision those concrete and abstract objects and concepts which fill The Space Between. Inspiring, thought provoking and vivid; the portrait painted by The Space Between is a masterpiece formed from the colors of a verbal palette.