In Eloise and Other Verses, Constanze Hawkins writes about loss and nature, both human and natural.
Through her depiction of loss we feel the characters of those experiencing and dealing with loss, we get a glimpse of aspects of human nature. Sometimes themes of loss are intertwined with scenes of nature. The author writes about a range of human sorrows, for example the loss of youth in ‘Dance Cockie Dance’ and the loss of a mother in ‘Mother Mother Magna Mater’. Loss is an inescapable part of the human condition and the author treats it with careful, thoughtful and poignant writing. Also included in this volume are poems portraying the natural beauty of nature. These few poems of the natural world offer new pictures of themes such as trees and the ocean. They make an interesting addition to this collection.