Lili Bita

ISBN 978-0-935244-14-1

About the Book

In this third, expanded edition of her love poetry, Lili Bita presents a celebration of passion unrivaled for its candor and unequaled in its intensity. She takes her place among the great celebrants of human love in all its forms.

Praise for Lili Bita

“Never since Sappho has Eros been so alive in poetry, nowhere has Epaphos, the god of touch, been so diversely caressing, so imaginatively impressed, as in Lili Bita’s Fleshfire poems ... Erotic passion burning, thrilling ....” -- Thanasis Maskaleris, Founder, Center for Modern Greek Studies, Nikos Kazantzakis Chair, San Francisco State University

“Lili Bita transcends the individual woman. Her experiences, love or hatred, birth or death, ecstasy or despair, become universal.... Human life and myth are lived simultaneously.... Her vision is direct, unifying, and complete.” -- Anaïs Nin, Author of Delta of Venus

“A modern Sappho.” -- New Haven Register

About the Author

Greek-born Lili Bita has published nearly twenty volumes of verse, fiction, and translation, as well as two memoirs, Sister of Darkness and The Storm Rider (Somerset Hall Press). Her translation of Thirty Years in the Rain: The Selected Poetry of Nikiforos Vrettakos (Somerset Hall Press), in collaboration with Robert Zaller, received honorable mention in the Elizabeth Constantinides Prize competition. Actress as well as author, she has performed both classical and modern theater on three continents, as well as her own widely acclaimed one-woman shows, The Greek Woman Through the Ages, Body Light, and Freedom or Death. Her work has been widely translated and anthologized, and she has held residencies and offered master classes at leading American universities. She was recently inducted into the prestigious Hellenic Authors Society in recognition of her lifetime body of work and her service to Greek culture. Visit www.lilibita.com for more information.

About the Translator

Poet, critic, and historian, Robert Zaller is Distinguished University Professor of History at Drexel University. His most recent verse collections are Islands (Somerset Hall Press) and Speaking to Power (Moonstone Press). His other books include The Discourse of Legitimacy in Early Modern England and Robinson Jeffers and the American Sublime, both from Stanford University Press.