Showcasing our authors – Chris Moran: breaking free into poetry

 

Welcome to the first in our new series showcasing the diverse work of our amazing authors. Bennison Books is privileged to work with gifted writers across the globe who work in a variety of genres.

It’s an honour to start this series with UK poet Chris Moran. Chris recovered from alcoholism and the depths of despair only to be faced with a long-delayed diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

Poetry freed her spirit. Moving, often humorous and suffused with hope, her work is courageously honest as she documents her life with a clear and unwavering eye.

The following poem, taken from her collection Dancing in the Rain, published by Bennison Books, explores a moment in her continuing journey towards acceptance.

Coming in from the Cold

I have decided to let it in, 
MS that is. 
I have made it stand out there 
in all weathers, biting cold, 
hail, strong winds and snow, 
but it looks at me through the 
window, stubbornly determined. 

So I open the door, invite it 
to sit down. 
We chat about this and that 
and I make us both coffee. 
I smile with conviction and say 
that as long as it understands 
I am in charge, 
we will get along just fine.

Dancing in the Rain by Chris Moran is available on Amazon where you can read over 20 genuine and unsolicited five-star reviews. All profits go to the MS Trust.

The cover artwork is by the American author D M Denton who also wrote the introduction to Dancing in the Rain.

17 comments

  1. Thank you so much for this Bennison Books, I feel privileged. Maybe a few more sales will happen for the MS Trust. I tried to comment on WordPress but couldn’t access the ‘reset password’ section, don’t know why!

    Chris x

    • It’s such a pleasure, Chris. I had real difficulty choosing just one to share here. But we will be showcasing more from your collection as part of the series, so do let me know if you have any you’d really like to see included. No hurry, have a think 🙂

  2. Ah, that’s a beautiful and brave poem. I must look up my copy of the book again. Well done Chris Moran. Hope you are keeping reasonably well.
    And well done Bennison Books for bringing Chris’s poetry into the world.

    • Thanks, John. Yes, as mentioned, I struggled to select just one for this post – so many to choose between. I’m hoping Chris will come up with a personal favourite for the next post showcasing her work 🙂

  3. Chris Moran is brilliant, in my opinion. I have been following her for years. When I first saw her poetry she had a spark but still had to develop into her ability. These days she is just a wonderful, wonderful poet. I really thank Bennison Books for coming out with her wonderful book.

    • Dear Thomas – thank you so much. You are such a gifted writer yourself and always so very generous in your support of other writers. Bennison Books was absolutely honoured to publish your contemporary epic poem The Weirding Storm, and we’re really looking forward to featuring it in this series. 🙂

      • Deborah, one of the highlights of my whole life was when you published A Weirding Storm. I sell between 20 to 30 of those a year at the events I attend, and it is, I still believe, probably the best book I’ve ever written. You have been so wonderful for so many writers. We all owe you a deep debt.

        • It’s wonderful to hear about how many copies of The Weirding Storm you are selling. Absolutely fantastic. (One of my favourite covers too.) 🙂

    • Yes – absolutely, those three words: character, courage and sensibility. Spot on. Lovely to see you here, Peter 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on bardessdmdenton – author- artist and commented:
    Bennison Books, a publisher of excellence, has been showcasing its fine authors. I was honored to be a part of the sublimely beautiful poetry collection “Dancing in the Rain” by my dear inspirational friend Christine Moran, both in creating the cover art and writing the introduction. Please follow the link to this post about Christine and the special gift of her poetry. And take a little more time to check out Bennison Books’ other unique publications and authors.

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