In Blue Venus, Lisa Russ Spaar explores the intimate relationship between the sensual and the sacred. Her cturnal poems weave themselves into the very fabric of private fervorlyric, sexual, spiritualbeginning with Dusk and continuing on until Dawn. Fierce and giving, Spaar's exquisite verse isolates essential moments of vulnerability and wonder. A series on insomniain the voices of some table insomniacsis among the most moving extended sequences in recent memory. Elsewhere, she traces poetry back to its primordial rootsprayer, lullabye, mourning, exaltation. Propelled throughout by a resolute belief in the relationship between the human and the cosmic Blue Venus is a brilliant new star in poetry's firmament (Carol Muske-Dukes).
Lisa Russ Spaar has written and edited many books of poetry. She is Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.