Rona Shaffran, poet
Speaking a language we understand, Rona Shaffran's poems tell the book length story of remarkable things that can happen in a broken relationship. These poems inhabit the sharp edges and rich depths of a union too long untended. Ignite begins in wintry suburbia with a man and woman who have lost emotional and physical connection. A magic-
Straightforward on the surface, yet taking us to deeper levels, the poems are unflinchingly honest, with imagist clarity. Individually, they startle, and evoke primal recognitions. When read in sequence, the poems of Ignite impel us to the story's conclusion. The man and woman come alive as their joy and sadness meld together, just as joy and sadness do in our own lives. There is dignity in this progression, and the restraint that comes with dignity.
These are poems for readers and lovers in all their seasons, yet there is hard-
"As contemporary and sensuous as the Song of Songs, Ignite subtly reimagines the passion and compassion of middle-
"In Ignite, Rona Shaffran exposes to the very bone the complex realities of desire. These poems, in thumbnail glimpses, explore a dramatic landscape, both physical and internal, with candid directness, turmoil and hope."