"The trouble I’m in, we’re all in,” Ronna Bloom writes in The More, her sixth collection. The Toronto poet and psychotherapist is referring to the human condition — the hunger for connection and the angst of mortality — but she also shows an appetite for life, as the book’s title implies.
First review of The More was written by Michael Dennis in his blog Today's Book of Poetry. He calls the almost daily features he's been writing for 4 years, "appreciations" more than reviews. And I can feel that! Personal, warm. Delighted that he reads The More in the context of my first book, Fear of the Ride and reflects on all of it.
I had the the unexpected opportunity to do Rx for Poetry at a fundraiser in Venice, Italy.
Here I was prescribing poems to locals and guests who were there to support efforts to save the rhinoceros from being poached for its horn. There is a long standing connection between the animal and the city, both perched on the edge of fragility in their ability to survive the drive for consumption. The event was organized by Melbourne Historian Catherine Kovesi in support of the upcoming symposium in Venice. Rhinoceros: Luxury's Fragile Frontier.
Ronna Bloom talks about poetry in hospitals and prescribes a poem for host Nana Aba Duncan on CBC's Fresh Air.