Perpetua by Olga Broumas
First published, 1989
In this, her fifth major collection of poems, Olga Broumas returns to the more direct voice of her award-winning Beginning with O, to a poetics of sensuous detail made more vivid by her years of work as a massage therapist, to a poetry of the body. A native of Syros, Greece, she speaks as poets must -- as an exile, claiming the world as her intimate listener. Stubbornly refusing to surrender the dignity of erotic engagement, the dance of the intellect among the things of this world, the body's coming to awareness of spiritual depth, her poems extend a broad social empathy where joy and sadness, hope and despair, co-exist in perfect harmony.