Songs for Ophelia
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 ...more
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 ...more
I received this as an ARC to review; I will certainly be adding a ...more
The poems are further divided into seasonal themes. Every entry satisfies. Theodora Goss restores faith that good poetry still exists.
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 ...more
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...more