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Poetry for Christmas by Orna Ross
About The Book
The mid-winter holiday provides the perfect space to indulge the pleasure of poetry and in this pamphlet, you’ll find a poem for each of the twelve days of that holiday season. All these Christmas poems circle around the story we’ve been telling for 2000 years about what happened in Bethlehem on a certain 25th December. Some of them reassert that story, some challenge it, some see it as purely symbolic — but all are engaged with the deeper questions that underwrite it.
The poets included in this slim volume are: WH Auden, John Betjeman, TS Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Dan Holloway, Patrick Kavanagh, Mary Oliver, Anne Porter, Adrienne Rich, Anne Sexton, Christopher Smart, WB Yeats — and there’s a "bonus" poem from Orna Ross. A perfect stocking filler — or gift to self. Indulge and enjoy.
I’ll say from the beginning that I don’t usually read poetry, I normally read to disconnect from the world and for me, poetry is to think, to make you feel and change the way you see the world. Sometimes I feel it’s too deep for a night read, but it doesn’t mean that from time to time I like to pick a poetry book and spend hours re-reading a poem to fully understand all the shades.
So, let’s be honest, when I saw a Christmas poetry book I couldn’t resist to take a deep look and try to fully understand all of the 12 poems that where inside. There are 12 to represent each day of Christmas, in a special and unique way to see this season in another perspective.
Poetry is something difficult to explain, it’s more of a feeling and what it means to the reader that the words per se; you can read it in one stand or simply reading a poem and let it stay for a month. There’s not hurry or stress when you are reading poetry, simply the pleasure of the words and how deep are there for you, how much they make you feel and what they represent to you.
I was surprised with one special poem of the book “Oran Mór”, I live in Ireland and there’s a small village near home that’s called Oranmore, so I was surprised to discover all the story behind the name and the meaning of it. The poem lets you feel a little bit of the Gaelic world and the magic within.
This is a book that I am sure that any reader will be delighted to enjoy, poetry is not always the first choice for the reader, but like me, anyone likes to get lost in a poem from time to time, don’t you think?
About The Author
ORNA ROSS is an award-winning writer, an advocate for independent authors and other creative entrepreneurs, and “one of the 100 most influential people in publishing” [The Bookseller]. She writes novels, poems and nonfiction guides for creatives, and is Founder-Director of two popular online communities, the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and The Creativist Club. She lives in London and writes, publishes and teaches around the globe. When not writing, you’ll probably find her reading.