My book Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams came out recently and now I am doing readings and a blog-tour about the book--(there's even a Facebook group started by the press where you can share experiences and get updates on readings and performances of ATG). The book has a unique structure; it intertwines an epic poem and a poetic opera libretto that tell the same story in narrative and dramatic form, spiraling around each other if you read the book straight through. You can also read one side of the page only as an epic poem, the other only as a poetic libretto.
The book’s only review so far (by Jane Galer, in Coreopsis) points out that Among the Goddesses “might be the first opera about abortion.” Even when I first conceived (pun intended) the poem around twenty years ago, I knew that an abortion would constitute the climax of the action. I had not had an abortion. But I still felt it was the most important theme I could write about. I wanted to help create, or express, a spiritual basis for reproductive freedom: not just a tolerance, but a reverence for women’s ability to become pregnant and the consequent power that has always lent us over human life and death while a baby is part of our own body.