The distinctive voice of Irish-born Denise Ryan is strikingly captured in the debut collection of selected poems ‘Of Silken Waters’ that offers an immediate entry into her world, but also expresses an implicit realism that consistently sustains their compelling thematic substance.
Intuitively savvy to the nuances of words, Ryan’s poetry is a skillful modulation of her own symbolic iconography that effortlessly draws the reader into her world. Her purity of heart and courage to rise above all tragedy always finds poetic redemption bravely measured against her authenticity as a woman.
As such, her poetry continually affirms the very purest of poetic expression without pretension or self-consciousness. Denise Ryan’s Of Silken Waters is a work of enduring quality and courage that maintains its light in spite of the mercurial face of darkness that surrounds us, bringing the reader to a loftier realm of spirit, to a deeper meditation on beauty, darkness, light, joy and the struggle to maintain the heart in the shadow of all adversity.
Denise Ryan’s poetry has been published in THE SHOp and Crannog Literature Journal and also several online journals the most recent being Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts. She has written several poems for the Irish Famine Commemoration, receiving international recognition for her contributions. She has also been shortlisted and runner-up in several poetry competitions and is a long-term member of the Rathmines Writers Workshop.