Dancing in the Rain by Chris Moran


Chris Moran found poetry and poetry found her.  She overcame alcoholism only to be faced with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

These experiences are documented in her first volume of poetry with honesty, humility and humour.

She doesn’t deny the sadnesses in life, and acknowledges with a clear eye the despair that can sometimes take us unawares, but she is always pulled towards joy, and gently takes the reader with her. 

She is also a bold experimenter, and here we find a sonnet about bees, a villanelle about approaching spring (the poet’s favourite time of  year), and a haiku about her unborn grandchildren:

Tiny seed planted
germination soon in place
fruit of the autumn.

A lifetime’s memories fill these pages too, from her rebellious youth in Reprieve to the tender, love-filled, and intensely moving recollection in One-Way Ticket of finding her mother ‘strolling down the street’, frail and confused, the contents of her bag ‘stoically protecting her past’:

bright red lipstick, barely worn,
as garish as she never was,
and Yardley 4711 eau de cologne
with its little red rubber stopper,
to be dabbed sparingly, of course,
middle finger only.
Oh, and a piece of coal should she come
across someone about to take an exam.
My daughter was in the legal profession,
she told the stranger.
I was a secretary, mum.
Same thing, she said.

Chris has already built up a large and loyal following on her poetry blog. Bennison Books is proud to publish Dancing in the Rain and hopes it will introduce many more readers to her work. Dancing in the Rain is available in paperback from Amazon.com and Amazon UK. The author’s profits will go to the Multiple Sclerosis  Trust.

Chris Moran

The cover artwork is by Diane M Denton, author of A House Near Luccoli and its soon-to-be-published sequel To A Strange Somewhere Fled. Diane also wrote the introduction to Dancing in the Rain.


  1. A huge thank you to Bennison Books for taking me on board and for the wonderful guidance along the way. I feel humbled and privileged and have learned so much in the process leading towards publication.

  2. Reblogged this on journeyintopoetry and commented:
    I am pleased to announce the publication of my poetry book, Dancing in the Rain. A huge thank you to the publisher, Bennison Books, who have guided and encouraged me very patiently along this wonderful journey.; I have learned so much. As I have mentioned before, all profits from the sale of the book will go to The MS Trust.

  3. Your book arrived Christine and I’ve been reading both yesterday and today. Your poems are fresh and vivid, and speak of a rich variety of experiences in a direct and personal voice. I’m sure you will have many readers and give them a great deal of pleasure and delight. Congratulations on a beautiful book.

  4. Reblogged this on bardessdmdenton – author- artist and commented:
    I invite you to savor the beautiful poetry and spirit of Christine Moran and make a contribution to the MS Trust (dedicated to making life better for people living with multiple sclerosis by providing free information to everyone affected by MS and by supporting the health professionals who work with multiple sclerosis).

    It was my pleasure and honor to participate in this exquisite collection of poems from Christine Moran by doing the artwork for the cover and writing the introduction.

    Dancing in the Rain was published to perfection by Bennison Books and is available in paperback from Amazon.com and Amazon UK. The author’s profits will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Trust.

  5. This is a lovely collection of poetry. I cherish my copy and keep dipping in over and over! Chris has a way of taking a mundane moment and making it magical; touching the heart and soul; causing a tear; creating a smile; and, yes, even making me laugh!
    Sharing real experiences in a way we can all relate with make this a very special collection and a ‘must have’!
    Love it.

  6. It’s a pleasure. The book deserves it! Thank you for your part in ‘getting it ‘out there ‘ so we can enjoy Chris’s poetry! 🙂

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