about Mixed States
by Ren Powell

“This handsome hardcover book, facing poems (English on the one side, Norwegian on the other), makes crossing from one language to another a fascinating exercise.

With uncompromisingly direct language and powerful imagery, her work comes from a vision similar to that of Flannery O’Connor or Cormac McCarthy: powerful images of a truth that slips aside just as one turns to view it straight on.”

Reviewed by Laura Kennelly
Small Press Review. July-August, 2005 


about An Intimate Retribution
by Ren Powell

: “…as the title suggests, there is an expansion of the interpretation of ‘intimate’ .While the poet’s concern for animals and nature is evident, the book also focuses concretely on persecuted writers and rebellions against authority […] However, Ren Powell is no way a political slogan poet. These poems introduce us to the wondrous within our own lives. There is a varied use of language and the wide range of themes and poetic forms— but we are always brought back to the vulnerable and exposed aspects of human beings and nature. […] Perhaps what is most impressive is Ren Powell’s certain hand as she ventures far beyond the familiar when it comes to associations and images, to create remarkable, beautiful lines of verse, the likes of which are seldom seen.”

 Helge Torvund in Stavanger Aftenblad, 2010