Janine Canan's most recent book of
poetry, Ardor: poems of life,
dedicated to the spiritual leader,
Amma, is vast in scope and
courageous in its numerous referrals to
God as the source of inspiration and
creation. Her poems are spiritually
delightful, naturally delectable,
didactic, and very dear.
Poet and psychiatrist, Janine Canan, has
spent her life in an exhaustive pursuit
of truth and beauty. Now, in her final
stage of life, she who followed the path
of a humble seeker, is finding.
And what she encounters she generously
shares with us through poems that offer
broad panoramas of enlightenment along
with moral lessons and pure moments of
The 250-page collection is divided into
eight sections: Meetings with God, Tears
for the World, Indestructible Woman,
Suffering Arrives, Teachers Everywhere,
Singing to the Stars, and River of Life.
Some poems explore the exquisite beauty
of the natural world and the indivisible
bond between humans and nature. Others
are brief proverbs. Some express
sorrow at the degradation of Mother
Earth by insensitive beings. Others, her
love poems, offer spiritual union as the
ultimate form of ecstasy.
Without doubt, Janine Canan uses poetry
to share what she has experienced—the
wonderful, painful, ecstatic and
contemplative aspects of life.
And, it is quite apparent, her current
vision is acquired through God's eyes.
Here is a sample poem from Ardor:
poems of life:
through your eyes—
buds pushing open their dewy petals
to mirror the dazzling
—Reviewed by Mary Ann Sullivan