8.5" x 5.5" single signature with hand sewn binding
Published July 2013
Traditional belief held the Vena Amoris, or Love Vein, ran directly from the fourth finger of the left hand to the heart. Thus, engagement and wedding rings were placed on the “ring finger.” Carol Berg traces the trajectory of yearning, to fulfillment, to disillusion in a collection of poems that often read more like mythology or fable than one woman’s journey in and through a relationship. The language is lush in image and metaphor and when Berg writes, “When I opened myself/ I would fall/ in love with my wings that move in the air like prayer,” we find our selves falling with her.