Prelude to Light

Prelude to Light

by Venetta Octavia


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In her debut collection, Venetta Octavia ventures inwards on a personal journey to discover the light within.

She writes of how love and loss are often the same thing—a reflection that defines who we are—but also, how the stories we breathe life into are only the creations of our own mind.

CELESTIAL BODIES is the study of poetry as body; of gleaning words from stars. The series aims to entice and encompass, to invite the reader to enter their orbit, to begin anew.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781999773663
Publisher: Platypus Press
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Series: Celestial Bodies Poetry Series , #4
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 986,556
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.19(d)

About the Author

Venetta Octavia is a poet from Singapore who spends far too much time eating ice cream and mochi, and lying down with her two dogs, a cocker spaniel named Giorgio and a Labrador named Tessa. She manages the online zine monsterzine, and has self published two chapbooks, Epoch and Voyage & Peaches. She believes in light, and thinks you should too.

Table of Contents

Big Bang, Shooting Star, Blazing Fire



A Novel in Verse (Or an Essay)

Fox & Mama

Maybe the Apples Grew, but It Was so Long Ago I Only Remember Seed

Lion Hearted

If You Love Me

The Last Chapter


Enter. Persephone, Iron Queen

Sekhmet, Not Pin-Up Girl

Girl, Uninterrupted

Helen, of Helen

In Which the Little Mermaid Rethinks Her Life Choices

Excalibur, Hilt Deep in a Rock


Desert Sky

Esio Trot

How to Be Enough


Girl X

Black and White (and the Grey in Between)

For Hannah

Are You Lot’s Wife, That You Should Look Back?




And the Sun Said

Say Maybe, the Lake

In Which I Read Wuthering Heights Wrongly (and Became Heathcliff)

I Have a Story but No One to Tell It To

Paradise & Peaches

Little Red, Little Dove

Five Apology Letters, to the Both of Us

I Set It in Stone

And I Will Raze You All to the Ground

I’ll See You Soon

In Retrospect


This Is Not About You

Once upon a Time

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