In ancient Cyprus, home of the beautiful, terrible Aphrodite, the sculptor Pygmalion creates an ivory statue of the perfect woman, Galatea, whom he desperately, ardently, impossibly loves.  The rest is history, a history that you might read in Ovid’s Latin telling, or here in spirited, skilled, subtle, erotic English verse, Galatea: The Statue Comes to Life, a libretto.

Galatea, Scheduled Release, 15 April 2024

* This book concerns aesthetics, the sensual propagation of art, it is erotic, unsuitable to delicate readers.


The Aestheticon is a tetralogy of libretti, verse plays that explore aesthetic generation as personified by a goddess.  Pandora, the fanciful origin of Man.  Galatea, the sensual propagation of Art.  Amaron, the imaginary genesis of the Artist.  Nyx, the sterile breeding of Style.  Greek-like, the Aristotelian form is observed.  Each libretto features a protagonist (a mythical goddess), each compasses time, and each is composed in a meter sympathetic to the pace of the heart and the space of a breath.

Pandora: iambic tetrameter; one day; mythical past; comedy
Galatea: iambic pentameter; one week; antiquity; comedy
Amaron: variable; one lifetime; recent past; comedy
Nyx: iambic tetrameter; real time; near future; tragicomedy


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From Galatea, back cover:

Whiter Galatea than are the snow-white petals,
slimmer than the adder, more flowery than are meadows,
fresher than the tender kid, more splendid than is crystal,
smoother than are shells polished in the tides.

Truer Galatea than maidens of the moon,
finer than are peacocks, more delicious than perfumes,
softer than are butterflies, more peaceful than are hens,
finer than are women who breathe and age and die.