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Stop! Look! Listen! Ronna Bloom's Book Recommendation

Phil Hall’s new book, The Ash Bell, undoes me. His work makes me read below the below and out the corners of my eyes. Drops me down under understanding, echos of words like backlit other words waving their fronds. I read the word “worship" and see “warship." It's blunt, raw, funny and true. Cumulative. I do not understand, I stand under, happily. 

sometimes   a want-cry   before syntax   reveals   a path-like ogre   under us  
humped   & garrulous    enacting    language as journey    not a speech 

Ronna Bloom is the author of six books of poetry. Her poems have been recorded by the CNIB, and translated into Bangla, Chinese and Spanish. In 2023, Wilfred Laurier University Press will publish A Possible Trust: The Poetry of Ronna Bloom, selected with an introduction by Phil Hall. See more from Ronna at, and on Twitter @ronnabloom and Instagram ronnabloomroom 

Read Dawn MacDonald's poetry in Issue 294 (Winter 2023)