"The writing throughout this collection is precise, humorous, tender and powerful, and leaves me wanting to hear more from this writer, a lot more." Niamh Boyce, author of 'The Herbalist' *** "Theresa Milstein's 'Time and Circumstance' is both grounded and enchanting. 'Brolly Folly' brings a lovely fanciful element to an otherwise everyday scene, and other pieces such as 'The Contortionist, ' 'Resolution, ' and the 'Un-Perfect Moment' are delightful favourites in the collection. Milstein focuses a heartfelt lens onto the ordinary and extraordinary." Lydia Kang, Author of 'Control' and 'Catalyst' *** "Milstein is a maestro when it comes to making every word count. Evocative, powerful, and full of tension, her wonderful vignettes pull at the psyche and the imagination, leaving the reader breathless." Samantha Verant, author of 'Seven Letters From Paris' *** "This inspiring collection of poetry and prose is an exquisite example of the breadth of Milstein's creativity and her ability to look beyond the commonplace and capture the subtle, poetic nuances of everyday life." Trisha Leaver, author of 'The Secrets We Keep' *** "Milstein's voice in 'Time and Circumstance' is haunting as she explores the fabric of family. Her lyrical narrative in Part One: Tempo Adagio exposes a world of personal anguish. The pace in Part Two: Tempo Allegro livens through Milstein's use of free verse and unique structural forms, but her focus stays laser sharp on the transition from childhood to motherhood. This is a marvellous collection filled with intimate details and human truth." Cheryl Lawton Malone, author of 'Dario And The Whale'"
“The trunk of this family is lost to history / Photo fragments remain as shadows”
With subtle wit, and poignant imagery, the unrelenting passage of time connects the vignettes in Theresa Milstein’s Time and Circumstance. This reflective collection of real and imagined poetry and prose, speculates on an erratic childhood, the uncertainty of adolescence, and the reality of parenthood, through flashbacks of love lost and found.
“This everyday, why again, sometimes / ignored tune has measured time in notes, / seconds, minutes, days, years, and so it goes. / It’s a measure of the man he will become.”