Her Vena Amoris


48 pages
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.