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The Sanctuary of Artemis

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The Sanctuary Of Artemis

The bringing together of history, myth and poetry makes a truly satisfying whole. I thought I�d be more intrigued with the poems than the context, but, in fact, I found them equally compelling.
— Holly Prado, author of From One to the Next

In this gorgeous collection, Thea Iberall creates a shimmering bridge between matter and spirit, heart and head, poet and world. She has opened my eyes to the possibilities of contextual poetry—I am eager to share this book with my students, my poet friends, and with any reader hungry to explore life�s mysteries.
— Gayle Brandeis, author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, The Book of DeadBirds, and Delta Girls

[Thea] tells narrative stories using�simple words that mask hidden layers of meaning and emotion.
— OC Weekly

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This collection of contextual poems explores the roots and origins of Western patriarchal culture through evolution, religion, neuroscience, history, mythology, symbolism, and linguistics. While the collection is broad in its exploration, the poems are intensely focused on a very personal journey through life.

Dr. Thea Iberall has been published in Rattle, Spillway, Southern California Anthology, Hummingbird Review, Sunspinner, poetrydiversity, Peregrine, and ONTHEBUS. She is in Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust (Time Being Books). Not only a published poet, Thea represented LA at the 1998 National Poetry Slams and is featured in the documentary GV6 THE ODYSSEY: Poets, Passion & Poetry. She has a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience and is also a playwright and novelist.

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ISBN: 9781893670266
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Thea performing "Abracadabra", one of the poems from "The Sanctuary of Artemis". In the context of this poem, Thea explores the origin of this magical word. It's older than you think.


  1. The Battle
  2. Perception
  3. Abracadabra
  4. The Purpose of Religion
  5. Events
  6. The Synagoga Stara at Krakow
  7. Keeping the Ground
  8. When They Go
  9. When Civilizations Die
  10. Washday on Samos
  11. This is a Poem About Birth
  12. On Sappho's Island Losbos
  13. One Night Stand
  14. Friday Night at Agios Konstantinos
  15. The Rock of Sibyl at Delphi
  16. The Rocks of Thera
  17. The People of Caphtor
  18. Dinner at Archanes, Crete
  19. The Snake Priestess
  20. A Simple Footrace or War
  21. My Father





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