Poetry: there are times in life when nothing else will do.
This is the second in a series of poetry pamphlets by a bestselling and acclaimed novelist, a collection of ten poems about ten widely different things, but all circling the theme of daily inspiration and creative presence.
“Ten poems at a time is enough,” says Orna Ross. “Like any mind-altering substance, poetry should be ingested sparingly.”
These are poems you read again and again, touching as they do on all the big themes. An Irishwoman surveys the alcohol-fuelled scene on St Patrick’s Night 2013; an ancient mid-winter blessing is reworked; the vagaries of lunch with a friend are relived.
This is poetry in the tradition of Mary Oliver, Maya Angelou, Rumi.
You’ll find poems about love, in its many manifestations. Poems about making art. Poems about life and liberty and the conditions for happiness. Poems about faith, loss, longing and belong and the eternal, ever-available, transformational power of redemption.
These poems are the purest practice of the theories Orna Ross expounds in her “Go Creative!” books.
“Reaches into the corners of your soul and pulls out all that is beautiful.”
“Masterfully crafted poetry”.
“A powerhouse of a poetry collection.”