The Thrust of the Blade

Lili Bita

ISBN 978-1-935244-073

About the Book

This latest collection from Lili Bita includes the following award-winning poems:
“In the Room” (First Prize, Mad Poets Review competition)
“Alabaster” and “Arson” (Gemini Award, Philadelphia Poets)

Praise for Lili Bita

"Lili Bita transcends the individual woman . . . Life and myth are lived simultaneously."
Anais Nin

"A Bacchic celebration of life. . . . Lili Bita creates a space in which language gives body and life takes wing, a world whose powerful similes bring us back to a Kazantzakian Odyssey. Robert Zaller catches Bita's strengths in a fine-webbed colloquial English, transparent and glass-like, that gives her work freshness and light."
Kostas Myrsiades, Gold Medalist, Hellenic Society of Translators

“The fun of Women of Fire and Blood is far from Bacchanalian frivolity, but more like darkly ironic, wrathy grapes of comeuppance. Or, at least, cries of moral outrage by complex, shadowy damsels defending their reputations against a male determined posterity.”
William Burrison, in Greek-America Magazine

“Sister of Darkness is a fine piece of autobiographical writing that complements Bita’s poetry and fiction and enriches our contemporary feminist literature.”
Ekaterini Georgoudaki, Professor Emerita, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

About the Author

Actress and author, Greek-born Lili Bita has published more than a dozen volumes of fiction, verse, and memoir, and has performed classical and modern theater on three continents. Her work has been widely translated and anthologized, and she has held residencies and offered master classes at many leading American universities. Her most recent volumes, published by Somerset Hall Press, include Sister of Darkness: A Memoir, and Women of Fire and Blood. For more information, visit

About the Translator

Robert Zaller is a native of New York City. He has written, edited, and translated more than twenty books of history, criticism, verse, and fiction.