Cristina M. R. Norcross Poet / Writer

(Copyright 2013 Perren Photography)

NEW Release! 
Living Nature's Moments: a conversation between poetry and photography
by Cristina M. R. Norcross and Patricia Bashford

(pub date April, 2014 / Vox Novus Press, Newburyport, MA)

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In Living Nature’s Moments, Cristina M. R. Norcross and Patricia Bashford celebrate the theatre of nature’s display, as well as pay tribute to how moments of awe-inspiring beauty can nourish and nurture the soul.  Contemplative verse, hidden narratives and innovative visuals invite the reader to create a new story, one that honors our relationship with the natural world.

The 2nd edition of my poetry collection, The Red Drum: Selected and New Poems, is NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon! 

My poetry chapbook, "The Lava Storyteller" (2013), by Red Mare Press, is now available to order as part of the Red Mare Chapbook Series. 

To order The Lava Storyteller online from Red Mare click HERESOLD OUT

Read more about the inspiration for my new poetry collection HERE and on the Firkin News page.

The Lava Storyteller  (2013)

by Cristina M. R. Norcross

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This is a handmade book, each copy is numbered, in an edition of 40 only. Each cover is individually printed, each copy is individually bound by hand sewing.

This edition features a cover printed on Canford artist's paper, endpapers of Unryo-kozo/chiri rice paper, and binding of Italian cotton-blend fiber, with dancer's bells on the binding knot.

The first stanza of the first poem:

Island of clay, sand and earth
liquid lava now silent.
You are the landof treesdripping mangoes
and goats clinging to cliffs.

Unsung Love Songs (2010)


UNSUNG LOVE SONGS celebrates the quiet, every day moments of love and how the recognition of this deep, abiding calmness can be the heart's biggest flourish of all.  If you are fortunate enough to find true love and keep it, then it is the moments of constancy, humor and co-existing that make up an enduring partnership.  (Available at,,, and  Bookstores may order this book directly through the major distributor, Ingram.)

"Sometimes there are no words, just moments.  This is where happiness lives." ~ From the poem "No words" (Unsung Love Songs).

Watch a multi-media film featuring my poem, "Why I Love You," from the book Unsung Love Songs.  This film was created by artist, Jennifer S. Peña, and provides the viewer with a voice recording of my poem, a musical background and images.  Check it out by clicking HERE.

The Red Drum (2008)
First Edition

"Wisconsin author Cristina M. R. Norcross writes about the sacred, every day moments that bring us joy, while reflecting on what makes the soul search for philosophical answers to modern living.  Inspired by the beauty of landscapes, nature, visual art, music, parenthood, faith and the creative process itself, Ms. Norcross sheds light on why we need to strive for more out of life than just the external or temporal.  The Red Drum has poems for every searching soul."

Copyright 2008 by Cristina M. R. Norcross (ISBN-13: 978-0979673313)


THE 2ND EDITION OF LAND & SEA:  **Special Note** - there are a limited number of copies remaining from the final print run of Land & Sea. 

Order this book on-line from the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites and at select independent bookstores.


Land & Sea: Poetry Inspired by Art (2007)

   ISBN: 978-0-9796733-0-6

    Printed by Spectragraphic, Inc.

    Copyright 2006, 2007 Paintings by Irene Ruddock
   Copyright 2006, 2007 Poems by Cristina M. R. Norcross


Book Cover Design by Alyssa Irish of Irish Designs