Mercy Island: New and Selected Poems by Ren Powell
"Ren Powell takes the world in whole, ‘negotiates a new language,’ and gives it back to us in all its terror, strangeness, pain and beauty. Many of these poems read like fable: a woman with a gown of eggshells, a stone turtle that captures the essence of a childhood. Other poems testify to the resilience of the human spirit even after the unspeakable happens. I loved these poems for the freshness of the language, for their deep truths and most of all for their compassion."
Patricia Fargnoli, author of six collections of poetry, winner of the ForeWord Magazine Silver Poetry Book of the Year Award, and Poet Laureate of New Hampshire, 2006-2009
"The narrator in this fine collection is explorer and cartographer of a multitude of emotional, spiritual and international landscapes. Whether ruthlessly illuminating even the darkest corners in the rooms of herself, or putting on the lives of other women like so many beautiful garments, with tenderness and respect, Ren Powell's narrator holds our attention and enriches our thinking."
Nic Sebastian, poet and blogger, reviews Mercy Island for Goodreads.
"... And sexy. These poems are sexy. And if I say dangerous, too, you'll get the wrong idea. It's not the danger and sex we're used to from action heroes or rock stars. It's something like the edge of the world...Ren's poems are... showing me things I may not know how to talk about."
Carolee D. Sherwood, poet and blogger
PREVIOUS COLLECTIONS: Available from the publisher, Wigestrand forlag AS, Norway.
An Intimate Retribution, translations by Eirik Lodén
mixed states, translations by Eirik Lodén
Fairy Tales and Soil, translations by Tor Obrestad
Poets on Prozac
Ed. Richard M. Berlin, M.D.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Poets on Prozac shatters the notion that madness fuels creativity by giving voice to contemporary poets who have battled myriad psychiatric disorders. The sixteen essays collected here address many provocative questions: Does emotional distress inspire great work? Is artistry enhanced or diminished by mental illness?”
Letters to the World:
Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv Poetry
Ed. Moira Richards, Rosemary Starace, Lesley Wheeler. Ren Hen Press.
Letters to The World is the first anthology of its kind—a feminist collaboration born from The Discussion of Women’s Poetry Listserv (Wom-po), a vibrant, inclusive electronic community founded in 1997 by Annie Finch. Letters to The World is a remarkable example of how the Internet has radically rearranged associations among poets, editors, and readers.
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