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These are: The Lion and the Golden Calf, 2008; Whale Songs in the Aurora Borealis, 2004; My Harmonic Perfection, 1994.
January 29, 2020
Ronda, Your poems are delightful. I began picking out favourite snippets but there were so many that I stopped halfway through. Your use, in "field", of humour, anthropomorphism, and juxtaposition of proportion / scale represents a thorough comprehension of the Japanese style. I look forward to reading the rest! Sincerely, Brendan C. aka "Avatar X"
January 31, 2020
Thank you Ronda Wicks Eller for sending me these great books of poetry to read. I'm so enjoying your witty Haikus.
Your poetic voice is always a pleasure to hear, as your voice comes through in all of your work!
April 5, 2020
A self-described “modern formalist poet” Ronda Wicks Eller has published her first collection of Japanese poetry—haiku, senryu and haikai (a sequence of haiku, senryu or both). The chapbook consists of 80 individual haiku and senryu (numbered making each one easy to refer to) as well as six haikai which include another 52 haiku/senryu.
Overall, the collection is a delight to read whether one is a fan of the haiku and its relatives or not. Eller is careful to follow the conventions while at the same time contravening them if necessary, for example, she eschews 17 syllables and the 5-7-5 format whenever something else works better.
Most of the poems brim with authenticity. Some are set in nature; others in social and political contexts. To put things into the vernacular of baseball—a Japanese passion—here are some of the poems that hit home runs.
2. 7. 13.
seamless rural view, feathery willows black on blue
a pale blue-veiled horizon— shield spring nests— crows mottle the horizon—
calm fertile woman the cradle gently rocks a bruised thigh
unquestioned dogmas gutted old barracks—
dictate proper behaviour— yesteryear’s construct is now
my child’s playpen a beetle bordello
Eller also has a nice touch with humour—something that is too often missing in haiku and senryu collections.
17. 47. 80.
on stepping stones lying naked on the grass woeful first date
the heron lays lofty claim my butt cheeks glow she hugs goodbye
to an island chain moon to moon to an octopus
To sum up with the baseball metaphor—among the total of 132 haiku and senryu only a small number strike out. Ronda Wicks Eller has made an impressive debut.
Spring 2020 Review in Frogpond
published by HSA (Haiku Society of America) Vol. 3:2 Spring/Summer 2020
Field is the first published collection of Japanese haiku and senryu written by "kinshu ori" (Ronda Wicks Eller), although several have been printed singly in various journals and anthologies such as 'Canadian Zen Haiku Canadienne' in previous years.
Taking its cue to start, the poems begin in spring and gradually slide through the other three seasons with an ease that's bound to take many readers unaware. Afterward, moves into experimental spiritual haiku and, sure to leave a chuckle, deposits some mildly ribald bathroom senryu. Primarily holding to the proscribed 5-7-5 line metering, kinshu ori playfully and boldly shifts metrics in the discreet way that only a haijin can. As Basho once declared, a haijin must first prove their ability to write within structure before being allowed to bend the rules!
105 haiku & senryu + 4 haikai
Published January 10, 2020 by HMS Press London, Ontario.
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$8.00 + $3.00 S & H (CAD)
seamless rural view
a pale blue veiled horizon
calm, fertile woman
~ kinshu ori
in remote marshland
frog ventriloquists hide
the reeds talk to me
~ kinshu ori
HOOFPRINTS on the MOON
110 pages on acid-free white paper - 71 poems, 31 sketches and a play ; perfect bound glossy 6" x 9", colour soft cover
This book is replete with Ronda's handiwork. It is dedicated to the memory of Leonard Cohen, whose writing she dances with or replies to in many of the poems included, and to her mother, who passed away in September 2018. Her recent poems are intermingled with unpublished ones, with some dating back to 1984. Formalist, lyrical and free verse demonstrate Ronda's flexibility of writing style, making this book comprehensible for all reading levels. It's a very inclusive and intimate 110 page soft cover trade offering you won't want to miss! ISBN-13: 987-0-9809335-8-1 SkyWing Press
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BEFORE YOU WROTE
I don't need to decode your cries
for justice, peace and virtue,
for broken love made wholesome love,
I know the nights you wept through.
I knew them well before you wrote
your Epilogue, your Old News,
the arching Bridge, the Motherland --
what was true... but only half-true.
I don't need to decode your cries
masked by clever compositions;
separate hearts all bleed the same
inside The Great Condition.
~ Ronda Wicks Eller
"I just finished reading the best manuscript I've seen in over a decade. Hats off to Ronda Wicks Eller!" - Donna Allard, International Beat Poet Laureate at National Beat Poetry Foundation, New Hartford, Connecticut, USA
"The poems in 'Hoofprints On The Moon' are testimony to the inquiring heart of Ronda Wicks Eller. These are poems born from a life deep-lived and wisdom, hard earned. Eller is a courageous poet, unwilling to confine herself, in style or subject, and her poems fearlessly chart the loss of loved ones, the longing for intimacy, and the hope for redemption. Centuries swirl together in Eller’s poetic landscape, myths walk beside old lovers and geography is fluid, lending a delightful timelessness to her work and allowing the reader to truly ‘feel’ the poems. What remains constant is her emotional stance, each poem emerging from a place of strength even when tinged with rage or regret. Whether admonishing a former lover, riffing on faith or reflecting on the state of our world, her words ring with passion and fortitude. In “Reproach” she deftly conjures the agony of being more used than loved: “Who offered you my temple / to harness at your whim, / to perform your drunken ritual / and embalm me from within?” And in “Come Healing II” she harmoniously extends Cohen’s prayer through one of her own: “Oh undivided Love, / undivided Faith / come healing of the spirit / in every blessed way. / Come healing of the spirit / that bids each nation rise, / come healing of the sorrow / dripping from each love-torn eye. 'Hoofprints On The Moon' is poetry to be read, re-read, savoured and shared."
~ Ian French (IF the Poet), Canadian Individual Slam Poetry Champion 2014
This 72 pg. trade paperback is a collaborative poetic dance between poets Ronda Wicks Eller, Daniel Kolos and Filomena Pisano. The collection pulls mythological and religious concepts from various cultures and dares to consider them with more contemporary points of view.
Following "the dance", Ronda's 17 poem-prose suite titled "The Poet, Prophet and the Priestess" (an epic journey and chapbook in its own right) leaves the reader with some final and unexpected muses!
Available in Canada Only for $12 + S&H CAD
A BRIEF REVIEW
"An eye-brow raising lyrical leer at art, history, myth, legend and proscribed staid scripture. Quite an erotic romp with an intellectual flair for the philosophies of yore still embering our lives."
Katherine L. Gordon, poet, publisher, reviewer
ASHRAM OF LOVE
is a 36 page soft cover, perfect bound, trade book of elegantly presented Sufi (Rumi) styled poems written during moments of meditation and devotion.
These poems to "My Beloved", the great Creator personified, are inspiring nuggets that make for a gratifying and fulfilling read.
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This little gem makes an awesome gift for yourself or a special someone and is money well-spent!
River Bones Press, Richibucto, NB, Canada
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FOR LOVE OF HIS TOUCH
My Beloved draws near to me
with a brush in His hand
and paints my soul in vivid hues.
He gives me a purpose
on the canvas' weave
for all to see,
for all to know the vibrant Love
He bestows on me
through every meticulous stroke
while I, for love of His touch,
cling to the easel.
~ Ronda Wicks Eller
Ronda is not listed on Wikipedia by choice although for many years she was recognized there among other Canadian Poets. By her request, the page was removed because of questionable flagging on the page by a volunteer who was head hunting; targeting any page established by another volunteer who will remain nameless. Ronda's profile happened to be one of a few that got caught in the middle of these two volunteers and their egos. She is recognized HERE on EVERIPEDIA instead.
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