This signed edition of The Venus Year is a lushly-printed matte paperback with french flaps and gold foil embossing, printed locally in Devon, England.
+ + + +
524 pages, with Greek translation by Vicky Chatzopoulou
+ + + +
Book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHZ3FxUvw9s
The Venus Year
Every nineteen months Venus circles Earth, changing from morning star to evening star and back again. Some say the Sumerian myth of Inanna’s descent into the underworld and ascent out of it again riding the crescent moon is a map of the star’s celestial cycle. This book is the almanac of one Venus year in the author’s life.
A year of loss and of gifts. A year of transformation, spent between the Greek island of Crete and her home in California. It is at once memoir and myth, monthly seasonal notes and glimpses of daily life, and the poems and short stories that came from those days, with a Greek language translation by Vicky Chatzopoulou woven through to honor the island's native tongue.
In these pages, the mythic princess Andromeda becomes a starry dragon while Europa rides her white bull across the Aegean. Narcissus is born from a bulb. Kalliope and Calypso tell their own stories. A heart-broken woman falls between worlds and lands in a garden. She carries clay lamps into darkness, harvests olives, and monitors a dying beehive. She grieves, and births, and is born.