Not Too Far is a book of poetry of place, relationship, observation, history and personal moments caught on the poet’s pen. Playful and serious, unforgiving and compassionate, Eileen offers an original take on subjects both familiar and mysterious. If you read Eileen Hugo’s poems too quickly you might end up with whiplash. She will snap you from nostalgia about childhood that might not actually be mostly about childhood to a tonguein cheek sensuality that might mean exactly what it says; or not. These poems are well made, lyrical bits of real life as it was lived. Sometimes the poet is the observer, sometimes the actor, but always intensely within the emotion. As you peek into this life open yourself to intense feeling and be sure you stop and take a breath once in a while. Del Cain –Director Austin International Poetry Festival.