Impermanence by Ren Powell (Poetry)


5 Stars!


We are the stories, and our bodies books… 

This project began with meditation on the idea of impermanence. And with this image, with the body-as-story slowly losing shape. With our narratives falling apart, becoming loose elements that can/will be rearranged in another story. Which is what history is, after all. 

The bust was made of plaster and paper mache and was photographed in various locations in the Jæren landscape of Norway. It was supposed to break up slowly in the waterfall during filming. However, it was taken by the current and slipped under an old mill house - trapped by the torrent of water, the wooden beams, and the rocks. 

But, well, this is what happens when we try to plan our stories. Isn’t it?

Ships from Norway. 

Paperback facsimiles available at for 15 USD plus shipping. (link includes preview)


Ren Powell is a writer and teaching artist. She is a native Californian – now a Norwegian citizen settled on the west coast of Norway. Ren has been a member of The Norwegian Author’s Union since 2005 and has published six full-length collections of poetry and more than two dozen books of translations with traditional publishing houses. Her poetry collections have been purchased by the Norwegian Arts Council for national library distribution, and her poems have been translated and published in eight languages. Ren is currently focusing on handbound poetry collections and mixed media experimentation as Mad Orphan Lit.

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This book of poetry blew my mind! I loved it so much. So many of the poems spoke to me personally. And a couple of them brought tears to my eyes. 

I have always loved poetry. When I was a teen I couldn't get enough. I would bring home stacks of books from the library. One of my favorites - Annabel Lee by Edgar Allen Poe, beautiful!

I have always loved trying to "figure them out". Especially ee cummings LOL! That's half the fun of poetry. Every person gets something different out of it. It speaks to everyone differently. 

This book is a double win! As well as the poems there are photographs which are just as amazing as the poems. 

As an artist myself, this poem spoke to my heart! Couldn't have said it better. That is exactly how I feel when I paint! I am dancing and singing in my heart which flows out to my hand and then the paint brush. I love it!

I am definitely going to look into more by Ren Powell. Thank you for writing these poems just for me!

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Poetic Book Tours and the author - Ren PowellThank you! 


  1. Thank you for being on the blog tour for this collection.


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