"There is much life in Ronna Bloom's impressive first collection, Fear of the Ride; much to bless and mourn. This is a strong and original new voice, whether Bloom is speaking of the 'long longing' that loss produces, or of the heart's absurd demand, Bloom's command of rhetoric and cadence, her radical emotional honesty, and blunt, deep humour work to create a fearless and engaging poetry." -Rhea Tregebov
"Few poets write of grief and love with such simple elegance and an impressive depth. Ronna Bloom writes clear and hard about what hurts, and gives us hope."-Susan Musgrave
"Ronna Bloom['s work is] immediately and continuously both attractive and impressive. The poems [are] full of high comedy and profound seriousness, mostly at the same time, and to my ear their rhythms [are] consistently superb... an unusually fine collection."-George Johnston
About the Author:
Ronna Bloom is a self-employed poet who works in hospitals and universities. She leads workshops there, prescribes poems, and writes them on the spot. Permiso (Pedlar Press, 2009) was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award. Her poems have been translated into Spanish and Bengali and broadcast on CBC Radio. Her She is currently Poet in Community at University of Toronto, and Poet in Residence at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. An active psychotherapist, Bloom lives in Toronto.