Hammer of God

Hammer of God

by Aria Ligi


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Aria Ligi is a unique voice in modern American poetry - blending history, headlines, astute observation and a vibrant imagination into a poetry both illuminating and elegant. This is poetry to be reckoned with on a great many levels.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996730631
Publisher: Poetic Justice Books & Arts
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 76
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

Aria Ligi is an independent scholar who has been writing for over fifty years. She has a great love of history, and in particular, the English Romantics. She has a B.A. in writing from San Francisco State University. She has been published most recently in October Hill, Z Publication's New York's Best Emerging Poets anthology, Light Journal: Issues Three, and four, the Australian Times, and University of South Dakota's Vermillion Literary Project annual chapbook for 2013 and 2014. She has been a frequent guest on Progressive News Network's Blog Talk Radio, reading her work. From 2013-2014 she was the Editor in Chief at New Poetry Magazine, an online international digest. Currently, she is the Senior Poetry Editor at October Hill Magazine.

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Hammer of God 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
StephenPage 8 months ago
Damage Repair There are many topics covered in this exemplary collection of poems, “Hammer of God” by Aria Ligi—damage, pain, acceptance, healing, and moving on (but not necessarily in that order). There is a back and forth, a skipping around of steps in the healing processes, as there are in any PTSD recovery process. Each section in the collection has its own internal process order, and each section is in itself a process. Mx. Ligi’s poems are laudable, her story- telling prophetic, her subject matter empathic and impactive. There are scenes in the book that will shock you, relate to you, or remind you that we live in an imperfect, violent world. This is a book that should be read by everyone, not only for Ligi’s assonantal singing, but to give hope to those who have lost hope.
RussellBittner 3 days ago
Let me be honest right up front: I’m a formalist—always have been. Consequently, I have relatively little understanding of free or even blank verse. Almost all of Aria Ligi’s collection in Hammer of God is either blank or free verse. There’s the occasional rhyming couplet, but those couplets are only occasional, with haphazard meter, and the majority of the rhymes are slant. Moreover, much of the vocabulary and syntax simply escape me. At my stage in life, I certainly don’t mind having to look up the occasional word, but when there are several in a couple of dozen verses of a single poem? All of the above notwithstanding, I warmed to a couple of back-to-back poems, perhaps because the subject-matter was more familiar to me. In the first, “Stockholm Syndrome” (on p. 56), I particularly liked the last stanza, even if I’ve always thought the word “chalet” belonged to a strictly Swiss construction: “I haven’t dreamed of Stockholm Since you stormed from the chalet. The door to that domicile is locked, And the snow has blown away.” The second is titled “Merrie Mount” and consists of a single stanza: “Little hillock of honey, mound of resplendence, Let us crest the ambo and light the orb. In raining, shower the equipage, Complete each fairway and byway, The road to evermore.” An ambo, by the way, belongs to the architecture—or at least to the furniture—of an early Christian church. “Pulpit” may be a somewhat more familiar word. Sorry I couldn’t, myself, be more resplendent in my praise of Ms. Ligi’s work. I trust the others who’ve reviewed here simply understand more than I do the nature and object of contemporary poetry. RRB Brooklyn, NY 14 February 2020
Anonymous 26 days ago
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I like the illustrations that seperate the different sections of poetry in this book. I could pick out a lot of dark feeling and vivid emotions. The poet has a flare for description that evoke a lot in me. I enjoy the way some of the poems were titled.
DianeMcPhail 4 months ago
As an author, poet, and therapist myself, I was fascinated with Ligi's peotic exploration of loss and healing in life. In these classically based poems--both in form and in reference--Ligi serves up without hesitation the issues of damage, trauma, transformation, and renewal, but in an unexpectedly random order, much as life itself serves it to us. Ligi is a master of classical form and understands well the trajectory by which classical themes have become so--because they tell the truth of life without stint. These are not easy poems, just as life is not easy. But they are beautiful and they are True.
AngelaWren 8 months ago
I was sent a copy of this collection of poetry for an honest and frank review. All comments recorded here are solely my own. I have always loved poetry and have spent many hours reading, learning and reciting the work of many and varied poets from Shakespeare and Spenser to more modern-day greats such as Sassoon, Owen, Auden, Plath, Hughes and many others. It was a great pleasure to be asked to review this particular collection. As with any author new to me, I go straight to the writing. I want to read the words without any pre-conceived ideas and without any background knowledge that might colour my enjoyment or influence my assessment of their work. I thoroughly enjoyed this particular body of work. Each poem has its own rhythm which changes and flows as the words move through the exposition of the central subject to a conclusion. For me, that is important. A poem is an entity in itself in the same way that a novel moves from its beginning to a conclusion. I was impressed by this author's use of language and her extensive vocabulary - there have been so many times I've picked up a poem that began well but quickly fell into doggerel, often purely for the sake of the rhyme. There's none of that in this collection. I found the subject matter of some of the poetry to be a little heavy. The Hammer of God, it appears, was written 'following the deaths of several family members. These events along with the political and racial turmoil that was starting to seep into the social landscape were a catalyst for the collection'. The poetic form can, and does support the presentation of difficult and harrowing subjects. So many of the poems in this collection caused me to think and to go back and re-read them. One last thing about the collection is the use of illustrations. As I was reading through it I noticed a Delarouche, a Cowper, an Edwin Davis illustration, and a mention of Dali (I assumed Salvador) in one of the poems. The collection is illlustrated so well.
Ian Wall 11 months ago
Aria Ligi’s 'Hammer of God', describing a journey from darkness to light, is a microcosm of the lives that we live, both our lives of thought, and our external relational lives. Akin to a course of therapy, whereby a person, speaking of inner and outer troubles and angst, moves in a process towards a healthier place. The communication here is poetic, there is an elegiac quality to many of the poems, the voice of the author lamenting, mournful of, her losses. She “painted only poesy” (Stockholm Syndrome). The poem, Hammer of God, speaks with anger of physical, verbal and/or written, violence. In Delivery Seal, sexual violence, even rape, is spoken to. In Fetal Phone, the poet speaks of violence against the unborn. Other poems address loss, death, and abuse. These dark reminiscences are contrasted with the “absolute freedom” of thinking and, in Merri Mount, with the acceptance of, the discovery of, inner healing and peacefulness, the poet is on the “road to evermore.” In Tone Deaf Bard, Ligi says that she is tired of “idiosyncratic syllables”. She is unyielding, saying that “This pen that inks the page, stands unapologetic in the rain” (Absolute Stain). This collection of poetry is a consummately written pièce de résistance, a brilliant evocation of High Poetry, using language that is both beautiful and shocking. The style of the poems is interesting, with good use of assonance. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I attended an art exhibition with a friend who commented that she wasn't enjoying it. I asked why. She said that she found the paintings disturbing. I said that art is supposed to elicit an emotional response. Aria Ligi's poems are like that. They may be disturbing to read, but they touch a chord within us.
blended More than 1 year ago
Aria Ligi's Hammer of God illuminates readers with a contrast of brazen reality and refined poesy. With Hammer of God, she projects the brutality of life with complexity in rhyme combined with finesse in syntax. Aria's diction is accurate, decisive, and intriguing to further elevate an experience that is far more than virtual. She synergizes form and function to create luxuries of experience readers will adore in encounters with this current offering of literary ecstasy. Most of all, perhaps, Aria Ligi's finesse brings the relevance of history to our contemporary world, in hopes for its improvement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review of, “Hammer of God “ by Aria Ligi Ligi’s poems are reminiscent of Plath in their darkness, and Shelley in their craft. The Victorian-like style embedded within each rhymed verse sings with dark beatitude . The first breath upon opening up Ligi’s book, “Hammer of God” is the unmistakable feeling of weightlessness, then moving into weighted collapse with the second poem. From the first poem, “ Blackened at Birth” “My existence came with a price, Paid, and paid, and paid The push here swift and clean. A falling, tumbling splintering, divvying Pitted and racked- gutting But leaving me no less fooled.” Moving swiftly into the rhymed brilliance of the second, and title poem, “Hammer of God” These lines struck the inner agnostic within me, and managed to find my faith which I keep close by to the docks of my oceanic heart. From the second poem, “And your god became, what he was, unmasked. His teeth shown bared emitting bracken flares, Within the vacuum of his oracular tomb. His hammer is his tongue, his teeth are the blade, Serrated edge ripping me to shreds.” I found the poem, “Scalding Rome” to be one of my favorites, due to the outstanding craft and my love for Rome and the two brothers who built it.. Particularly the lines, “Words and attitudes loathsome and inane, There is no peal to this refrain, Because reason is a prisoner choking on its own chain. Up for air, up for air where none remains.” “Hammer of God “ is an outstanding piece of literature, one I think will stand the test the time.
kathleenspalding More than 1 year ago
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 were 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hammer Of God is just what this generation of poets needed. Each verse in Aria Ligi's poems soak the soul with inspiration, delight and fascination. She refreshes us with her true poetic genius. Through her words, we get closer to ourselves and our own humanity. That is the true power of poet Aria Ligi; she knows how to penetrate your heart and leave an everlasting impact. Throughout Hammer of God, we are exposed to a variety of emotions. We as readers are left longing for the next page and when we dive into the next poem, there is a sense of becoming alive with her brilliantly crafted words. We are forced to reflect on ourselves and that is what is so beautiful about this book. It makes the reader feel as if you are not alone. Aria Ligi is truly an exceptional poet. By the completion of this book, I am confident all readers will be sad it’s over. This will be a book you will want to read again at any time. Be prepared. You will want more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poetry of rare quality... "How exceptionally rare that it is that a writer, poet, or indeed artist of any sort has a depth of vision (often brutally hard won...) allied to the technical ability and the courage to lay themselves purposively so bare! And, in so doing, successfully rouse such passion and insight amongst us... Aria Ligi can count herself comfortably amongst that group of brave luminaries... Such unique, powerful and inspiring work that takes us to the oftens grisly, sometimes glorious core of what it is to be mortal." Scott Hastie, Writer and Poet, London. March 2019.