Cloudy with a Fire in the Basement

Pedlar Press, 2012

Cloudy with a Fire in the Basement

Shortlisted for Canada's ReLit Award

“The poems feel timeless and yet utterly contemporary. There are occasional references to the modern world – PINs, passwords, a radiator, Keith Haring, Tim Horton’s, Scrabble and Yoko Ono – but the poems are so much larger. While they are precisely crafted works about loss and fear, risk and relief, and about getting what you want, they are above all compassionate, comforting, and yes, godamnit, useful."

Shawna Lemay, Canadian Poetries

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Permiso

PEDLAR PRESS, 2009

Permiso

Shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award

“Ronna Bloom's fourth book of poetry is saturated with "permiso": permission to feel, to pause, to grieve, to resent and crave change, to admit that your heart pounds sometimes at pretty, silly things....Bloom’s synthesis of contradictory passions into graceful poetics connects Permiso to writing by Adrienne Rich ( Dark Fields of the Republic), Ann Carson ( The Beauty of the Husband), Esta Spalding ( The Wife’s Account)."

Meg Walker, The Globe & Mail

Public Works

Pedlar Press, 2004

Public Works

Shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award

“Bloom’s poems convey a great tenderness and a painfully acute awareness of suffering in the world.”

Ruth Roach Pierson, The Fiddlehead Review No.277 Spring 2006

Personal Effects

Pedlar Press, 2000

Personal Effects

“It is the intimacy of the poems that will connect with readers and this collection deserves a wide, not solely literary, audience.”

Nick Power, Literary Review of Canada

Fear of the Ride

Carleton University Press, 1996

Fear of the Ride

Shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Award

"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