Saturday, December 30, 2006

Book Review - Seasons of the Witch

Patricia Monaghan /Seasons of the Witch: Poetry and Songs for the Goddess. /St. Paul (MN): Llewellyn Worldwide, 2002. 200 pp, $19.95.

Monaghan is a well-known priestess and author of several books, and she teaches at DePaul University in Chicago. Dedicated to the Great Goddess, in her many forms, these poems are a warm and lovely evocation of feminist spirituality. Four major sections, each with some forty poems, lead us through the seasons, providing material for meditation, and for celebration of the Goddess. Perhaps the best introduction to this collection is a sample, selected from more than a hundred poems:

Venus of Laussel
You rise in my dreams
like the power of stone,
breaking the glass door
between wind and the body.
You are the measurer;
blood of my moons,
lines of my years,.
A thread of breath
connects me to time,
wind in my blood,
a thread to your womb,
Thirteen short lines --
You rise, then are gone.

Reviewed by
John M. Morris, PhD

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