Psaltery and Serpentines
Gival Press is pleased to announce the publication of Psaltery and Serpentines: a book of poems by Cecilia Martinez-Gil, winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award.
The book is also a finalist for the 2010 ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Award for Poetry. A finalist in the USA National Best Books Award for Poetry – 2010 and is the Runner-Up for the 2010 Los Angeles Book Festival Poetry Award.
“Psaltery and Serpentines,” takes the reader on a journey to distant shores and places that are familiar to the soul and very close to the heart. Readers are invited to imagine through their senses and to find themselves in the experience. In this collection of poems is something akin to human nature. It is associated with the primal and the divine. Readers should keep “Psaltery and Serpentines” handy and read from it from time to time to elicit and elate magical places within their own beings.
Press and Reviews
“In these sensual poems, language itself is ‘a blue garland of desire,’ infusing the world with beauty, magic, and sadness. Poetry is ‘a temple where prayers become songs.’ ‘On this stage,’ Martínez-Gil writes, ‘the ongoing monologue/of a woman’s life/has the irresistible hope/born out of her own resilience.’ This is a luscious and lustrous collection of poems, a delightful first book from a poet who demonstrates convincingly here both the gravity and the joy of her calling.”
—Gail Wronsky, author of Dying for Beauty
“Opening this book to any of its poems will sweep the imagination into the poet’s creation, and its reviewer’s lips will burn for hundreds of kisses.”
—Rich Murphy, author of Voyeur and judge for the 2009 Gival Press Poetry Award
“Reading Cecilia Martínez-Gil’s collection of psaltery serpentines, one feels the supremacy of metaphor and music over meaning and sense. “
—Prof. Mario René Padilla, Santa Monica College