by Tom Beck and Kristin Paulson


An absence lurks at the heart of this collection of twenty-one poems and illustrations. Part meditation on time and seasons — the subtle shifting from day to day, the agonizingly slow pace of change — and part a measured search for the elusive words for grief, this collection explores the shapes, sounds, and textures of loss.


Combining formal and free verse poems, long and short, each complemented by a beautiful and unique painting, readers have described the collection as "magical" and "uniquely fantastic and full of feeling."


The first 100 presale purchasers will receive a complimentary Limited Edition Print.

The Shape of Absence

  • Limited Edition Prints feature poems and paintings from The Shape of Absence. Customer will select their print preference when adding to cart.

    Print dimensions are 8 x 10 inches

  • The Shape of Absence will be shipped the week of May 16th, 2022. Limited Edition prints will be shipped separately the same week.

    The Shape of Absence is currently shipping to readers in the United States. For international purchase and shipping inquiries, please contact the authors at ____.