Whispers Turned Shrill represents the poetic journey of a young woman yearning for affirmation in a world that will not deliver on its promises–ut instead surprises, with unexpected poignancy, jolting with unexpected loss, anguish, understanding, and ultimately meaning. Imhoff’s story begins with hope but transitions to disappointment as her experience of human social reality falls short of expectation. She verbalizes in her poetry an anger that softens into an understanding of human frailty bringing her to an acceptance of the mystery of human existence, filled as it is with loss, pain, and human brokenness. Her poems tell a story of self-discovery and the acceptance of human finitude. Hers is a universal story told with a keen eye for what is real and what is an illusion.