‘A gifted poet whose work is unfolding in remarkable directions.’
‘This is a poet who surely can who can do anything.’
Wendy Klein,The North, Issue 53
Anna is the author of Communion, (Wild Conversations Press), Struck, (Pindrop Press), Kissing the She Bear (Wild Conversations Press) and Burne Jones and the Fox, (Indigo Dreams).
She has had poems published in journals and anthologies, which include Ambit, The North, New Walk Magazine, Amaryllis, Iota, Caduceus, Envoi, The Wenlock Anthology 2014 and The Museum of Light.
Anna holds a Masters in Creative and Critical Writing from The University of Gloucestershire.
Praise for Struck ( 2014 )
‘What stays with you at the end is not just the subjects or the myths the poems draw on – Danae, Zeus, Van Gogh, the figures from Chagall, compelling as those are, but the astonishingly original and fresh technique of a poet of quite remarkable gifts.’ Bernard O’Donoghue
‘The poems are passionate, acutely observed and strikingly original. They explore and discover original, surprising and truthful territories and dimensions of human feeling and experience, and are astoundingly alert to the complex and mysterious experience of being alive. A very fine, beautifully sustained collection by a gifted poet whose work is unfolding in remarkable directions.’ Nick Drake
‘The figures in Anna Saunders’ collection are struck by desire, betrayal, loss and grief. They inhabit a mythical landscape where women fall in love with trees, the dying are transformed into butterflies, and lovers are secretly serpents. Saunders’ metaphorical language is rich yet exact, offering us opulent, yet precisely crafted miniatures of human beings at the extremes of emotional experience. This is a bold and beautiful collection which deserves a wide readership.’ David Clarke
‘So dazzling and intoxicating are the images in this collection that one feels on reaching the last page that one could echo the final words of the poet’s father in ‘A Wind Fret’: The sun’s gone in ‘. James Knox Whittet
‘Anna Saunders’ collection Struck is aptly named. I was struck by the balance between meditative and sensual, accepting and angry, but always beautifully observed poems. Grief, desire, mythology and modernity all balance in the energy with which she uses image, line music and breath. The voice is achieved and authentic, and builds beautifully across the different moods and themes of this collection. The work in Struck extends and deepens the achievement of her previous collection Communion. This is a poet going from strength to strength.‘ Nigel McLoughlin, Professor of Creativity & Poetics, University of Gloucestershire
Praise for Communion ( 2010)
‘Anna Saunders’ meditative poems reflect and shimmer like the light in Suze Adams’ wonderful photographs. There is a delicate interplay between the poems and pictures, a shared stillness.’ Cliff Yates
‘Moving poems of flesh and spirit from ‘ears finely tuned’ match photographs of a ravishing clarity.‘ Alison Brackenbury