Border Songs: A Conversation in Poems, written in collaboration with Daniel Simpson, is now available from Finishing Line Press.
The poems in Border Songs offer more than a conversation between poets: they’re conversant, knowledgeable, informed by eros, loss, delight, curiosity, and intimate wisdom. This collection stays long after you’ve stopped reading to meditate alone about body and soul. –Stephen Kuusisto
Geode, my first full-length collection of poems, is available at the Main Street Rag online bookstore and Amazon.com.
Ona Gritz’s poems prove the unlikely – that it’s possible to dazzle with simplicity, an eloquent, apparently effortless simplicity that poem after poem registers emotional truths. Many poems in Geode explore what it means to live gracefully with a disability. I don’t know if Gritz has perfect pitch, but she has its poetic equivalent; she continually hits the right note, and moves us to a different sense of regard by her precisions and her exquisite sensibility. I love this book. –Stephen Dunn
Tangerines and Tea, My Grandparents & Me
Nick Jr. Family Magazine named Tangerines and Tea Best Alphabet Book of 2005. Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine named it one of only six Best Books for 2005 and included it in their list of Teacher’s Picks.
Left Standing, my poetry chapbook, is available from Finishing Line Press as part of their New Women’s Voices series.
There are few books of poetry that one picks up and reads straight through because they could not put it down, but Left Standing is one of them. Despite its apparent simplicity, it is a book that rewards rereading because more is learned each time. For beginning writers who feel that poetry can only be successful through the use of $50 words and extra-textual literary allusions, this collection should be mandatory reading. Without pretense, fanfare or emotional self-indulgence, Gritz shows you what poetry can do.—Michael Northen, co-editor of Beauty is a Verb: the New Poetry of Disability