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Songs for Ophelia

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  14 reviews
SONGS FOR OPHELIA gathers together eighty of Theodora's otherworldly poems which lead the reader, as though under a spell, through the unfolding of the seasons and into the realm of pure magic.
Paperback, 146 pages
Published June 30th 2014 by Papaveria Press (first published June 29th 2014)
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Nicole Perkins
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My advanced review copy of Theodora Goss' exquisite volume 'Songs for Ophelia' is something I will treasure, even after I purchase a copy of the book. One can never have too many books, provided they are ones we love, of course. And multiple copies of the same title? Let us call it collector's insurance. (Hence my two copies of 'Under the Lilacs' and three 'Jane Eyre.') So two collections of these beautiful, fantastical, even spiritual poems, one digital, one bound, grants me twice the magic, f ...more
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I tend to say something that's okay is good, and that something that's good is great, and so if something that's really great comes along I've run out superlatives too soon. Which is my confused way of saying that on my Goodreads scale of 1-to-5 this is an eight. I've failed at trying to pick a favorite work from the volume; as soon as I started to name one of the Arthurian pieces, one of the fairy tale poems came to mind, and then one of the folklore poems, and so on... I enjoyed all ...more
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Disclaimer: I received this as an Advanced Review Copy from the author.

Theodora Goss’s poems in Songs for Ophelia are pristine and dancing, elegant and mad, visceral and lovely. As Catherynne M. Valente (another author I love) says in the introduction titled ‘A Weaponized Elegance,’ “That is what I mean by elegance, the synchronicity of images, the layering of experience and literature, the symmetry of sound.” And these poems dance song-like in their rhythm and sound, with strong internal struct
Perle Champion
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To call Theodora Goss’s book, Songs for Ophelia , a poetry book would not do justice to the stories that lie beyond the gossamer illustration gracing its cover. This is a collection of hauntingly beautiful stories some new, some old retold – a storybook for grownups.

The term songs instead of poems suits this collection of prose stories. It puts one in mind of the bards of old, who with lyre in hand, sang their tales. In Songs for Ophelia , we accompany our own bard through enchanted realm
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This is a beautiful book, curated in seasons from spring/birth to winter/death. Many of the poems are very formal in form, which lends them a slightly old-fashioned air, however this fits with the overall theme that they are all fantastical in one way or another, about fairies, witches and fairy tales. The formalism also supports quite arresting images, as from the very first poem, of Spring "smiling a smile that is sweet and mad."

I received this as an ARC to review; I will certainly be adding a
Rennie Walker
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Willow trees, and graveyards, and river banks, and forest deeps ... and bones ... and winds ... and brides and storms and elfs and ogres and mists and light that is not always truthful, and secluded places that are not always safe (at least for folks like you and me). Theodora Goss creates a world that is not 'historical', but that is very real in the way that faerie tales and creation myths are remembrancers of how our ways of life used to/might become. We need to know that there is Mystery in ...more
Ezra Vasquez
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding collection of accentual poems that incorporate a variety of folk and fairy themes. Goss's style is redolent of 19th romanticism. She incorporates a good deal of rhyme, and her sense of rhythm is strong.

The poems are further divided into seasonal themes. Every entry satisfies. Theodora Goss restores faith that good poetry still exists.
Dec 20, 2019 added it
I don't think I'm sufficiently competent to rate poetry, and I wasn't particularly in the mood for it but this did have some nice poems.
Laura S
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Exquisite! Following my initial reading, I've been revisiting each of the sections as the wheel of the year turns. What a lush and brilliant work.
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of Songs for Ophelia through a Goodreads giveaway. I love Theodora Goss, having read her short story collection In the Forest of Forgetting and learned from her at the Alpha Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Workshop for Young Writers.

Goss’s prose naturally poetic, and in learning she’s written a collection of poems I knew at once that it was going to be beautiful. I wasn’t wrong. In a stanza of a few short lines, she creates an entire scene and places the audience there: as
Eileen Reilly nephin bish
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This volume left me on a high from which I have not yet come down. Ms. Goss' writings are at once fantastic and vital - her command of the language is breathtaking and every word is perfectly placed. I am so enchanted with this book that I am buying 5 more - one each for my daughters, daughter in law and my granddaughters. I had hoped to get an Advanced reader copy, but did not so I purchased my own and I will treasure it always. When I go to the hospital it will go with me to help me to make th ...more
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Advanced Readers Copy from Papaveria Press.

I admit I've been a huge fan of Ms. Goss ever since I chanced to buy In the Forests of Forgetting so many years ago. I was hooked on the beautifully simply way she wrote that was subtly provocative, ethereal and incredibly evanescent in a wistful dreamy fashion that I had not come across before. It's hard to put into words, really. To be offered a chance to review her new poetry anthology was a dream come true and her poetry did not disappoint. There wa

Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The poems in this collection are an experience to read. They are magical and ethereal, feeling very much like the faerie worlds they describe. I took my time with this collection and it was a pleasure to read.
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Theodora Goss's publications include the short story collection In the Forest of Forgetting (2006); Interfictions (2007), a short story anthology coedited with Delia Sherman; Voices from Fairyland (2008), a poetry anthology with critical essays and a selection of her own poems; and The Thorn and the Blossom (2012), a two-sided novella in an accordion format. She has been a finalist for the Nebula, ...more

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