Temple of Love

Missives
Her fingers touched the pages and held the quill
Lightly they pressed; a panoply of enumerations
Not mere whimsy, but tethered in grit
Fingers and palms held fast the measure of them,
The weight, infinite, She balanced these:
Her virtue, reputation, and devotion to the Divine

Juxtaposed to the demands,
Could she follow them?
Did she dare?
Her nib grazed the page
Ink blotting and boring through porous threads
Seeping down the fluted mahogany leg.
 

Synopsis
Missives Her fingers touched the pages and held the quill Lightly they pressed; a panoply of enumerations Not mere whimsy, but tethered in grit Fingers and palms held fast the measure of them, The weight, infinite, She balanced these: Her virtue, reputation, and devotion to the Divine Juxtaposed to the demands, Could she follow them? Did she dare? Her nib grazed the page Ink blotting and boring through porous threads Seeping down the fluted mahogany leg.
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 just finished Aria Ligi's debut book of poetry. This collection follows the life and tragic death of Marie Antoinette. The subject matter is unique and historical. Admittedly, I'd never given too much thought to Marie Antoinette, but after reading this collection, I feel guilty about that and I'm intrigued. Ligi has made me want to look deeper and explore this misunderstood and doomed royal.
As for the poems themselves, Ligi is a gifted poet. Her work is written freely and with a very wise eye when it comes to word-usage and imagery. These poems are written chronologically about Antoinette's life, and I felt, reading them, a sense of impending doom and dread at what was coming. I'd come to love and care for Marie Antoinette through Ligi's work, and that is the sign of a good poet. She made me feel.Nicholas Trandahl

This is a truly lovely book for lovers of poetry. After having read and written myself a lot of prose I wanted to read some good poetry in order to get into this art. This book, which was recommended to me, proved to be a perfect choice. Aria Ligi has a unique way with words and an ability to condense feeling, emotions and mental images in short phrases that are easily understood and that fuel the reader's imagination. She is like a skilled painter that paints beautiful and delicate sketches with words. The snippets of information and comments on Marie Antoinette add another dimension to the work, for they reveal to us a person of the highest status who, whether she was surrounded by opulent wealth and pomp or faced the guillotine glided thought her life with grace and style. She reminds me of some tragic female celebrities of our times with the difference that she had more class and dignity. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is into poetry or wants to start reading it.
Ithnkicn

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...

And in particular, how admirable and ambitious is this piece of empathetic work, specifically devoted to the iconic and oft misunderstood Marie Antoinette: how unique, how impressive and how well realized - truly a labour of love! Scott Hastie