Book – The House of Metaphor: Poems, by Pamela Cranston

Wipf and Stock/Resource Publications
Posted Jun 10, 2023

Wipf and Stock Publishers/Resource Publications proudly announces the publication of Pamela Cranston’s latest book of poetry: The House of Metaphor: Poems.

The House of Metaphor was written from 2020 to 2021 during lockdown due to the Covid pandemic and is an intoxicating blend of spirit, edginess, gravity, play, and paradox, gifts we are given from a mind having what Einstein called “a holy curiosity.”

With subjects ranging from singing potatoes to angels and assassins, slave and master, to moving recollections of her own childhood and her experience as a priest ministering to hospice patients, the book pulsates nonstop with the poet’s vigor and variety, powered through her boundless imagination and lyrical intensity. Everywhere are surprises, and Cranston’s choice word and marvelous metaphors seem to have been joyfully plucked from the heavens.

The retired Episcopal Bishop of Idaho, the Rt. Rev. John S. Thornton, who also co-founded of the Hospice of Marin, and is the author of Moon and Fog and several books of poetry, said of this book:  “Early in life, nature called to Pamela Cranston and sang.  These poems show she has an ear for it, a studied gaze—an unhurried heart. She listens to people too, no one stereotyped, each incomparable, sent to her as if a poem. Cranston has the gift of paying attention, close and rapt, and then translates what she hears into poetry, helping us to hear and see— to become more human, more alive, somehow in the heart of God.”

The Rev. Dr. Bonnie Thurston, poet, retired New Testament professor, and co-founder of the Thomas Merton Society wrote:  “Pamela Cranston’s wonderful, accessible poems are a temple of metaphor. Her juxtapositions and never clichéd similes surprise and delight. Her penetrating insights engage the reader. Allusion to classical English poetry deepens the resonance of the work’s heart-truths. These are poems to revel in and ponder. To hurry through them would be like eating a box of fancy chocolates at one go.  Don’t.”

The Rev. Pamela Cranston

The Rev. Pamela Cranston is the author of four books: The Madonna Murders (2003), Coming To Treeline: Adirondack Poems (2005), Searching for Nova Albion: Poems (2019), and The House of Metaphor: Poems (2023).

Ordained as an Episcopal priest since 1990, she has served several San Francisco Bay area churches and hospices for the past thirty-three years. She is now retired and currently serves as the Pastoral Associate at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Castro Valley, California. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband Edward.

The House of Metaphor: Poems by Pamela Cranston is available through: Wipf and Stock Publishers/Resource Publications. $18/Paperback, $18/eBook, $33/Hardcover

ISBN: 9781666760286, ISBN: 9781666760309, ISBN: 9781666760293

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