27 July, 2021

Renee Ranchan

The writer on Untwine the Wind, her recently published collection of 103 verses

Renee Ranchan

We’ve associated your byline with prose. So you’ve been a closet poet?

Neither a closet poet nor an ivory tower one.... Just someone who happens to pen verse.

Over how long were these poems written?

A large portion was written ten years ago. I follow the clock with military regimen but here, I can’t say...I’m unclocked. Two years, perhaps.

Why is the wind central to your poems?

I spent much of my life in the mountains where the wind has so many layers...it can be breezy, biting, humming, hollering. Perhaps, that’s why the wind becomes an entity for me.

The themes are varied yet there seems to be a sense of despair in most of the poems.

Sadness yes, despair often follows that state. Why? Can’t say why Hamlet ate an omelette instead of an egg poached in the Rhine.

Your favourite poets?

No instant coffee answer. But I guess, Donne, Coleridge, Eliot and my very...

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