Pedlar Press, 2012
Cloudy with a Fire in the Basement
“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."
PEDLAR PRESS, 2009
“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)."
Pedlar Press, 2004
“Bloom’s poems convey a great tenderness and a painfully acute awareness of suffering in the world.”
Carleton University Press, 1996
Fear of the Ride
"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."