Athene Revisited - Collected Poems by Asphodel P. Long.
Asphodel Long has been yet one more woman I have long admired, ever since reading previous work by her in Goddessing Regenerated.
Athene Revisited is an intriguing body of work and each time I read the poems I find more and/or different things in them. I trust you will understand that this is just a sketch and that holding the book in one's hands is also part of the connection, due to the care taken in its making.
It is appropriately dedicated "to the Furies." To me, It is about movement and change of time, and life, all punctuated with the cycles of Nature: birdsong, flowers, the vagaries of weather, and the movement of sun and light as days progress.
In reading these poems even silently to myself, I feel my voice deepen to that level of profundity used by great orators, and that I always recognize as The Wise Woman. Their richness engraves itself on my heart.
For example, from the poem "The Past is Present":
"The past is present and no mystery
Nature is described so simply and yet so definitively, in so few words, that magic unfolds on the page. You see the poppies dance suddenly
"In the sunlight against the green verges
So much put into five lines. A whole day could go by to see so much, and yet here it is all of a piece. And every woman should read "If Women Could Speak, What Language Would they Choose." I have to share the last few stanzas:
Women, defend me
I am the night where the dead live,
Your voice is my seed of creation
Your voice is the cauldron
Your voice is the satisfied sigh of a contented child;
Your voice that speaks In language
Brings me up through the thick earth to smile on my Daughters,
Blessed Be indeed. This is womanly poetry, of great insight and wonder at the ways of life and death and Nature, of the words the world has used and abused women, of our ever rising to life again, to joy and celebration of ourselves, to our wisdom. This wonderful book of poetry is a treasure, to be enjoyed again and again.
Mary Billy, Goddessing Regenerated, issue 14, 2001
Athene Revisited is available from: The Luna Press, P.O. Box 15511, Kenmore Station, Boston, MA 02215-0009 USA. (617) 427-9846 / website: www.thelunapress.com ($13 plus + $5 postage in U.S.)