Eighty Wondrous Steps to Enchantment

Eighty Wondrous Steps to Enchantment

Songs for Ophelia by Theodora Goss

Review by Malcolm R. Campbell

“The collection you hold in your hands is otherworldly, it is elegant, it is delicate. It is graceful, it is exquisite and ethereal. It is full of flowers and fairies and a piercing, thorny longing.” — Catherynne M. Valente from the Introduction.

When you open this 146-page volume of eighty poems collected into songs for the seasons, the ethereal grace of Theodora Goss’ words and themes may attract your attention first. After all, the book begins with “Spring Songs,” and they are full of rebirth, promise and a garden of dazzling delights. Were you to begin at the ice and snow end of the book, the thorny longing would be more readily apparent, and you would know why Catherynne M. Valente named her introduction “A Weaponized Elegance.” Continue reading