In this Book

Spells
summary
Annie Finch's Spells brings together her most memorable and striking poems written over forty years. Finch's uniquely mysterious voice moves through the book, revealing insights on the classic themes of love, spirituality, death, nature, and the patterns of time. A feminist and pagan, Finch writes poems as "spells" that bring readers to experience words not just in the mind, but in the body. Celebrated for her extraordinary love and knowledge of poetic craft, over the course of her career Finch has shaped her own innovative and radically traditional aesthetic. Her strange but familiar metrical language decenters the Self, creating a new, more open emotional relationship between ourselves, other people, and the world. Spells displays Finch's virtuosity in a broad range of genres and forms, from lyrics, chants, and narrative poems to performance pieces, poetic drama, and verse translation. The book also includes a number of new and previously unpublished poems, notably her 1980s-era "Lost Poems," experimental work in meter that prefigures postmodern reclamations of poetic form. This wonderfully talented poet gives voice to the female and earth-centered spirituality of our era. Her emotionally eloquent and rhetorically powerful work will echo in the reader's ear long after the book is closed.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-ix
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. NEW POEMS
  2. pp. 1-15
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Blessing on the Poets
  2. pp. 3-16
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Homebirth
  2. pp. 4-17
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Abortion Spell
  2. pp. 5-18
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Your Land
  2. pp. 6-19
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Stone and Cloth and Paper
  2. pp. 7-20
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Naming
  2. pp. 8-9
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Frost’s Grave
  2. pp. 10-23
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Tarot: The Magician Card
  2. pp. 11-24
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Keys
  2. pp. 12-25
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Beach of Edges
  2. pp. 13-26
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Earth Day
  2. pp. 14-27
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Revelry
  2. pp. 15-28
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Architecture
  2. pp. 16-29
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. POEMS, 2000–1990
  2. pp. 17-31
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Watching the Whale
  2. pp. 19-32
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Paravaledellentine: A Paradelle
  2. pp. 20-33
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Wild Yeasts
  2. pp. 21-34
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Earth Goddess and Sky God
  2. pp. 22-35
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Conversation
  2. pp. 23-36
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Calendars
  2. pp. 24-39
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Over Dark Arches
  2. pp. 27-40
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. A Carol for Carolyn
  2. pp. 28-41
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Chain of Women
  2. pp. 29-42
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Ghazal for a Poetess
  2. pp. 30-43
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Meeting Mammoth Cave, Eight Months Pregnant
  2. pp. 31-44
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Butterfly Lullaby
  2. pp. 32-45
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Intimations of Pregnancy
  2. pp. 33-46
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Walk with Me
  2. pp. 34-47
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Two Bodies
  2. pp. 35-48
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Final Autumn
  2. pp. 36-49
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Elegy for My Father
  2. pp. 37-51
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Poems for the Wheel of the Year
  2. pp. 38-52
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Samhain
  2. pp. 39-52
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Winter Solstice Chant
  2. pp. 40-53
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Imbolc Dance
  2. pp. 41-54
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. A Seed for Spring Equinox
  2. pp. 42-55
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. A Wreath for Beltane
  2. pp. 43-56
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Summer Solstice Chant
  2. pp. 44-57
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Lammas
  2. pp. 45-58
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. A Mabon Crown
  2. pp. 46-48
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Letter for Emily Dickinson
  2. pp. 49-62
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. A Dance for the Inland Sea
  2. pp. 50-63
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Iowa Barn
  2. pp. 51-64
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Bluet
  2. pp. 52-65
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Landing Under Water, I See Roots
  2. pp. 53-66
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Furious Sun in Her Mane, Changing Woman
  2. pp. 54-67
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Spider Woman
  2. pp. 55-68
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Aphrodite
  2. pp. 56-69
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Eve
  2. pp. 57-70
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Inanna
  2. pp. 58-71
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Coatlique
  2. pp. 59-72
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Nut
  2. pp. 60-73
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Brigid
  2. pp. 61-74
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Rhiannon
  2. pp. 62-75
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Running in Church
  2. pp. 63-76
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Blood Charm: From the Menstrual Hut
  2. pp. 64-77
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Encounter
  2. pp. 65-78
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Gulf War and Child: A Curse
  2. pp. 66-79
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Being a Constellation
  2. pp. 67-80
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. My Raptor
  2. pp. 68-81
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Wish for Eyes
  2. pp. 69-82
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Last Mermother
  2. pp. 70-71
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Tribute
  2. pp. 72-85
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Intellect of Woman
  2. pp. 73-86
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Moon
  2. pp. 74-87
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. POEMS, 1989–1980
  2. pp. 75-89
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Courtship
  2. pp. 77-90
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Zaraf’s Star
  2. pp. 78-79
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Goddess
  2. pp. 80-93
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Pearl
  2. pp. 81-94
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Interpenetrate
  2. pp. 82-95
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Strangers
  2. pp. 83-96
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Insect
  2. pp. 84-97
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Grim Garden
  2. pp. 85-98
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Inside the Violet
  2. pp. 86-99
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Blue Willow
  2. pp. 87-100
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Speak Softly
  2. pp. 88-101
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Door
  2. pp. 89-102
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. No Snake
  2. pp. 90-103
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. A Small Sound in the Dark Woods
  2. pp. 91-104
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. From the Lost Poems
  2. pp. 92-105
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Such Husks
  2. pp. 93-106
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Now in November
  2. pp. 94-107
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Song of the Sorry Side
  2. pp. 95-108
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Awful Friend
  2. pp. 96-109
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Nightmare
  2. pp. 97-110
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Resolution
  2. pp. 98-111
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Another Pregnant Woman Remembers Incest
  2. pp. 99-112
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Tongue of Language
  2. pp. 100-113
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Dusk
  2. pp. 101-114
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Lesson from a Rock
  2. pp. 102-115
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Reconciliation Bread
  2. pp. 103-116
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Night Rain
  2. pp. 104-117
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Fawns
  2. pp. 105-118
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. An Imaginary Companion
  2. pp. 106-119
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Ages’ Years: A Dialogue
  2. pp. 107-120
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Harvest Seam
  2. pp. 108-121
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Sundown
  2. pp. 109-122
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Shallow Sky
  2. pp. 110-123
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Childless
  2. pp. 111-124
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Wrist-Bracelet
  2. pp. 112-125
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Wine-Glass Woman
  2. pp. 113-126
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Lady Bug
  2. pp. 114-127
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. A Wreath of Time
  2. pp. 115-128
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. She That
  2. pp. 116-129
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. From The Encyclopedia of Scotland
  2. pp. 117-120
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Invocation
  2. pp. 121-128
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. One, from “Rockwood”
  2. pp. 129-132
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Body of the Thing, from “Feeding the Admiral’s Pussycat”
  2. pp. 133-143
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. POEMS, 1979–1970
  2. pp. 134-145
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The August Porch
  2. pp. 133-146
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Spells
  2. pp. 134-147
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. A Dusk Song
  2. pp. 135-148
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. In Cities, Be Alert
  2. pp. 136-149
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. List
  2. pp. 137-150
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Still Life
  2. pp. 138-151
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Coy Mistress
  2. pp. 139-152
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. When Daphne Ran
  2. pp. 140-153
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Lucid Waking
  2. pp. 141-154
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Sapphics for Patience
  2. pp. 142-155
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Another Reluctance
  2. pp. 143-156
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. A Way to See
  2. pp. 144-157
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. First Poem
  2. pp. 145-158
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Caribou Kitchen
  2. pp. 146-159
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. PERFORMANCE WORKS, 1983–2010
  2. pp. 147-161
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. “Creation Story,” excerpted and adapted from Sheba in Eden
  2. pp. 149-155
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. From The Mermaid Tragedy
  2. pp. 156-160
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. From Marina Tsvetaeva: A Captive Spirit
  2. pp. 161-166
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. From Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams
  2. pp. 167-172
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. From Wolf Song
  2. pp. 173-182
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. TRANSLATIONS, 1978–2010
  2. pp. 183-197
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. The Seafarer
  2. pp. 185-189
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Louise Labé
  2. pp. 190-198
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Anna Akhmatova
  2. pp. 199-201
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Andrée Chedid
  2. pp. 202-203
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. A Fragment of Sappho
  2. pp. 204-217
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 205-208
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index of Titles and First Lines
  2. pp. 209-214
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. About the Author
  2. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.