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Spells

New and Selected Poems

Annie Finch

Publication Year: 2013

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 The book also includes a number of new and previously unpublished poems, notably her 1980s-era "Lost Poems," experimental work in meter that prefigures postmodern reclamations of poetic form.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.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Title Page, Series Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5

CONTENTS

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pp. v-ix

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Preface

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pp. xi-xii

As long as I can remember, my life has been dedicated to poetry—to dreaming, hearing, reading, and making poems. Spells gathers the most important of this poetic work written over four decades, from 1970 to 2010. In addition to selections from my books The Encyclopedia of Scotland (1982), Eve (1997), Calendars (2003), and Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams...

NEW POEMS

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pp. 1-15

Blessing on the Poets

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pp. 3-16

Homebirth

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pp. 4-17

Abortion Spell

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pp. 5-18

Your Land

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pp. 6-19

Stone and Cloth and Paper

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pp. 7-20

The Naming

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pp. 8-9

Frost’s Grave

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pp. 10-23

Tarot: The Magician Card

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pp. 11-24

Keys

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pp. 12-25

Beach of Edges

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pp. 13-26

Earth Day

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pp. 14-27

Revelry

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pp. 15-28

Architecture

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pp. 16-29

POEMS, 2000–1990

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pp. 17-31

Watching the Whale

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pp. 19-32

Paravaledellentine: A Paradelle

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pp. 20-33

Wild Yeasts

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pp. 21-34

Earth Goddess and Sky God

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pp. 22-35

Conversation

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pp. 23-36

Calendars

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pp. 24-39

Over Dark Arches

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pp. 27-40

A Carol for Carolyn

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pp. 28-41

Chain of Women

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pp. 29-42

Ghazal for a Poetess

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pp. 30-43

Meeting Mammoth Cave, Eight Months Pregnant

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pp. 31-44

Butterfly Lullaby

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pp. 32-45

Intimations of Pregnancy

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pp. 33-46

Walk with Me

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pp. 34-47

Two Bodies

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pp. 35-48

Final Autumn

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pp. 36-49

Elegy for My Father

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pp. 37-51

Poems for the Wheel of the Year

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pp. 38-52

Samhain

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pp. 39-52

Winter Solstice Chant

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pp. 40-53

Imbolc Dance

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pp. 41-54

A Seed for Spring Equinox

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pp. 42-55

A Wreath for Beltane

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pp. 43-56

Summer Solstice Chant

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pp. 44-57

Lammas

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pp. 45-58

A Mabon Crown

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pp. 46-48

Letter for Emily Dickinson

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pp. 49-62

A Dance for the Inland Sea

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pp. 50-63

Iowa Barn

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pp. 51-64

Bluet

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pp. 52-65

Landing Under Water, I See Roots

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pp. 53-66

The Furious Sun in Her Mane, Changing Woman

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pp. 54-67

Spider Woman

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pp. 55-68

Aphrodite

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pp. 56-69

Eve

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pp. 57-70

Inanna

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pp. 58-71

Coatlique

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pp. 59-72

Nut

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pp. 60-73

Brigid

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pp. 61-74

Rhiannon

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pp. 62-75

Running in Church

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pp. 63-76

Blood Charm: From the Menstrual Hut

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pp. 64-77

Encounter

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pp. 65-78

Gulf War and Child: A Curse

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pp. 66-79

Being a Constellation

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pp. 67-80

My Raptor

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pp. 68-81

The Wish for Eyes

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pp. 69-82

The Last Mermother

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pp. 70-71

Tribute

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pp. 72-85

The Intellect of Woman

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pp. 73-86

Moon

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pp. 74-87

POEMS, 1989–1980

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pp. 75-89

Courtship

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pp. 77-90

Zaraf’s Star

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pp. 78-79

Goddess

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pp. 80-93

Pearl

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pp. 81-94

Interpenetrate

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pp. 82-95

Strangers

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pp. 83-96

Insect

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pp. 84-97

The Grim Garden

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pp. 85-98

Inside the Violet

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pp. 86-99

Blue Willow

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pp. 87-100

Speak Softly

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pp. 88-101

The Door

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pp. 89-102

No Snake

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pp. 90-103

A Small Sound in the Dark Woods

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pp. 91-104

From the Lost Poems

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pp. 92-105

Such Husks

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pp. 93-106

Now in November

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pp. 94-107

Song of the Sorry Side

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pp. 95-108

Awful Friend

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pp. 96-109

Nightmare

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pp. 97-110

Resolution

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pp. 98-111

Another Pregnant Woman Remembers Incest

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pp. 99-112

Tongue of Language

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pp. 100-113

Dusk

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pp. 101-114

Lesson from a Rock

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pp. 102-115

Reconciliation Bread

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pp. 103-116

Night Rain

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pp. 104-117

Fawns

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pp. 105-118

An Imaginary Companion

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pp. 106-119

The Ages’ Years: A Dialogue

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pp. 107-120

Harvest Seam

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pp. 108-121

Sundown

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pp. 109-122

Shallow Sky

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pp. 110-123

Childless

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pp. 111-124

Wrist-Bracelet

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pp. 112-125

Wine-Glass Woman

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pp. 113-126

Lady Bug

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pp. 114-127

A Wreath of Time

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pp. 115-128

She That

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pp. 116-129

From The Encyclopedia of Scotland

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pp. 117-120

Invocation

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pp. 121-128

One, from “Rockwood”

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pp. 129-132

The Body of the Thing, from “Feeding the Admiral’s Pussycat”

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pp. 133-143

POEMS, 1979–1970

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pp. 134-145

The August Porch

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pp. 133-146

Spells

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pp. 134-147

A Dusk Song

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pp. 135-148

In Cities, Be Alert

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pp. 136-149

List

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pp. 137-150

Still Life

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pp. 138-151

Coy Mistress

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pp. 139-152

When Daphne Ran

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pp. 140-153

Lucid Waking

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pp. 141-154

Sapphics for Patience

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pp. 142-155

Another Reluctance

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pp. 143-156

A Way to See

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pp. 144-157

First Poem

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pp. 145-158

Caribou Kitchen

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pp. 146-159

PERFORMANCE WORKS, 1983–2010

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pp. 147-161

“Creation Story,” excerpted and adapted from Sheba in Eden

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pp. 149-155

From The Mermaid Tragedy

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pp. 156-160

From Marina Tsvetaeva: A Captive Spirit

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pp. 161-166

From Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams

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pp. 167-172

From Wolf Song

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pp. 173-182

TRANSLATIONS, 1978–2010

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pp. 183-197

The Seafarer

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pp. 185-189

Louise Labé

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pp. 190-198

Anna Akhmatova

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pp. 199-201

Andrée Chedid

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pp. 202-203

A Fragment of Sappho

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pp. 204-217

Acknowledgments

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pp. 205-208

Index of Titles and First Lines

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pp. 209-214

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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pp. 215-228

Annie Finch is currently director of the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Robert Fitzgerald Award. She has published six books of poetry, including one in...


E-ISBN-13: 9780819573636
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819572691

Page Count: 236
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series

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