Poetry For Christmas And Other Beginnings chosen by Orna Ross – Book Review

Poetry For Christmas And Other Beginnings chosen by Orna Ross – Book Review



 The mid-winter holiday provides the perfect space to indulge the pleasure of poetry and in this pamphlet, you’ll find a poem for each of the twelve days of that holiday season. All these Christmas poems circle around the story we’ve been telling for 2000 years about what happened in Bethlehem on a certain 25th December. 

Some of them reassert that story, some challenge it, some see it as purely symbolic — but all are engaged with the deeper questions that underwrite it. 

The poets included in this slim volume are: WH Auden, John Betjeman, TS Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Dan Holloway, Patrick Kavanagh, Mary Oliver, Anne Porter, Adrienne Rich, Anne Sexton, Christopher Smart, WB Yeats — and there’s a “bonus” poem from Orna Ross. A perfect stocking filler — or gift to self. Indulge and enjoy.


This is a collection of just 12 poems, so it’s short but inspiring.

There are poems about Birth, blessings, Faith, Christmas and hope.

From a personal point of view I found the poem First Flush very moving. My daughter, born 30 years ago has just given birth to her own daughter and so it felt it was meant for me. 

A lovely, emotional collection, something to treasure.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.





ORNA ROSS is an award-winning writer, an advocate for independent authors and other creative entrepreneurs, and “one of the 100 most influential people in publishing” [The Bookseller]. She writes novels, poems and nonfiction guides for creatives, and is Founder-Director of two popular online communities, the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and The Creativist Club. She lives in London and writes, publishes and teaches around the globe. When not writing, you’ll probably find her reading.


Website : http://www.ornaross.com/

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Poetry for Christmas : And Other Beginnings by Orna Ross

  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Font Publications (4 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957341288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957341289


Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Poetry-Christmas-Twelve-Inspirational-Holiday/dp/0957341288


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