Blood, Bone and Stone

Heat Within

Nettled; a pit of fire
Loins burning not with desire
But quickening, quelling
Ether that would dampen this din


"Blood, Bone and Stone" was actually my first book of poetry, however, the poems for Marie Antoinette became so overwhelming, in bulk and intensity, that I laid this aside to write what would become "Temple of Love: Poems for Marie Antoinette" and promised myself I would return to" Blood, Bone and Stone" afterwards.
"Blood, Bone and Stone" is meant to be a compilation, encompassing a wide area of topics, such as the inequities in relationships, death, war, sexuality, and mythology. This book, more than any other I have written, is a personal work. Indeed, I tried to grasp certain topics (especially male and female genital mutilation) in a delicate, respectful manner, without taking away the force of the message, nor condemning the subject to silence. War itself is ugly, and difficult, but I do not think that one needs to lower the quality of discourse or polemic rhythm to write about it.
Poetry is art, and it is painting with words. It is also like a finely crafted calculus equation where each word, and point of grammar, connected, creates a network of strands, which should be synchronous and penetrate the very essence of being. When this happens, then you know you have created something which is not only meaningful, but will stand throughout time.


Heat Within Nettled; a pit of fire Loins burning not with desire But quickening, quelling Ether that would dampen this din
Aria Ligi is an independent scholar who has been writing for over forty years. She has a great love of history, and in particular, the English Romantics.

I discovered Aria Ligi through "Temple of Love", her debut collection of poetry based on the melancholic life of Marie Antoinette. "Temple of Love" was marvelous and risky, a work of poems focused on a single historical subject, and I was thrilled to start reading "Blood, Bone and Stone", which are collected poems not necessarily based on any one subject.
That's not to say that Ligi doesn't do away with organization. The collection is divided into six themed sections, and each section is comprised of poems of varying length ranging in topics from sex, spirituality, some history, society, and destruction. The goddess Diana, the huntress, is also a theme I noticed recurring.
As usual, Ligi's lexicon is pristine, and even her shortest and most concise pieces are swollen with complexity. She is a poet able to bend any word to her poetic uses, shaping them into controversial works undulating between elegance and violence.
Aria Ligi is a unique voice in contemporary poetry and I look forward to her next book. Nicholas Trandahl

I feel fortunate to have come across the promising work of Aria Ligi, who is developing a distinct and somewhat haunting poetic voice all of her own. For me, her shorter pieces are often her best - the intensity some of these carry is truly impressive - along with her trademark, often erudite and evocatively resonant juxtapositions that deliver such power & interest, inviting reflection with their depth... Scott Hastie

I read 'Temple of Love' the authors previous book based on the life of Marie Antoinette (I love history) it was fantastic. I was not sure what to expect with this book as it did not have a historical reference or theme running throughout the book. I have to say I love it. 'Treastise to Friendship' is my favorite, but the entire book has a lovely flow, strong voice , and very powerful imagery. It feels deeply personal and relatable at the same time. If you like poetry this is a must have. CVH