Aria Ligi’s Hammer of God tackles difficult, raw topics and takes the reader through a gamut of emotion with skillfully arranged visceral and sensual poetry. From the soul-breaking pain of betrayal (Hammer of God section) and loss (Missive Mourn) to the poignant Prime Mother and altogether cool Faery Fluting, the author combines literary prowess and passion with astute observations.
Most impressive to this reader was Cookie Dough, with its insightful, “…Yet we stand above, At the larder of life and judge what is, as less than. We lament the loss…”, and Vesper Bell, which reminds us of the tragic effects of misplaced suspicion.
Researching the occasional archaic word as well as the life of Lucrezia Borgia is worth the extra reading. Hammer of God contains exquisite artwork and terrific one-liners. Highly recommended (for adults only), especially for poetry lovers.
Kathleen Spalding, Author