Ellen Cranitch’s new collection of poetry explores a rich and diverse array of themes, from faith to grief, love to loss, transporting the reader from the luminous energy of the London skyline to the dust-blown sands of New Mexico. Against these landscapes the same insistent questions unfold: about utterance and identity, being and time, about the beauty and fragility of human relationships. All of these subjects are examined in language that is both lyrical and concentrated as each poem strives to capture the essence of an experience.
The breadth of subject matter is matched by the range of poetic forms. From sonnets to free verse, prose-poems to litanies, these compelling works demonstrate the poet’s belief that form is inseparable from content, thought from emotion; that ‘how a poem says something is what it says’.
“Poetry of a rare breadth and agility” LondonCalling.com