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Spells
New and Selected Poems
Annie Finch

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

Preface
• NEW POEMS
• A Blessing on the Poets
• Homebirth

Abortion Spell
• Your Land
• Stone and Cloth and Paper
• The Naming
• Frost’s Grave
• Tarot: The Magician Card
• Keys
• Beach of Edges
• Earth Day
• Revelry
• Architecture
• POEMS, 2000–1990
• Watching the Whale
• Paravaledellentine: A Paradelle
• Wild Yeasts
• Earth Goddess and Sky God
Conversation
• Calendars
• Over Dark Arches
• A Carol for Carolyn
• Chain of Women
• Ghazal for a Poetess
• Meeting Mammoth Cave, Eight Months Pregnant
• Butterfly Lullaby
Intimations of Pregnancy
• Walk with Me
• Two Bodies
• Final Autumn
• Elegy for My Father
• Poems for the Wheel of the Year
• Samhain
• Winter Solstice Chant
Imbolc Dance
• A Seed for Spring Equinox
• A Wreath for Beltane
• Summer Solstice Chant
• Lammas
• A Mabon Crown
• Letter for Emily Dickinson
• A Dance for the Inland Sea
• Iowa Barn
• Bluet
• Landing Under Water, I See Roots
• Changing Woman
• Spider Woman
• The Furious Sun in Her Mane
Aphrodite
• Eve
• Inanna
Coatlique
• Nut
• Brigid
• Rhiannon
• Running in Church
• Blood Charm: From the Menstrual Hut
• Encounter
• Gulf War and Child: A Curse
• Being a Constellation
• My Raptor
• The Wish for Eyes
• The Last Mermother
• Tribute
• The Intellect of Woman
• Moon
• POEMS, 1989–1980
• Courtship
Zaraf’s Star
• Goddess
• Pearl
• Interpenetrate
• Strangers
• Insect
• The Grim Garden
• Inside the Violet
• Blue Willow
• Speak Softly
• The Door
• No Snake
• A Small Sound in the Dark Woods
From the Lost Poems
• Such Husks
• Now in November
• Song of the Sorry Side
• Awful Friend
• Nightmare
• Resolution
• Another Pregnant Woman Remembers Incest
• Tongue of Language
• Dusk
• Lesson from a Rock
• Reconciliation Bread
Night Rain
• Fawns
• An Imaginary Companion
• The Ages’ Years: A Dialogue
• Harvest Seam
• Sundown
• Shallow Sky
• Childless
• Wrist-Bracelet
• Wine-Glass Woman
• Lady Bug
• A Wreath of Time
• She That
• From
The Encyclopedia of Scotland
Invocation
• One, from “Rockwood”
The Body of the Thing, from “Feeding the Admiral’s Pussycat”
• POEMS, 1979–1970

The August Porch
• Spells
• A Dusk Song
• In Cities, Be Alert
• List
Still Life
• Coy Mistress
• When Daphne Ran
• Lucid Waking
• Sapphics for Patience
• Another Reluctance
A Way to See
• First Poem
• Caribou Kitchen
• PERFORMANCE WORKS, 1983–2010
“Creation Story,” excerpted and adapted from Sheba in Eden
From The Mermaid Tragedy
• From
Marina Tsvetaeva: A Captive Spirit
• From
Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams
• From
Wolf Song TRANSLATIONS, 1978–2010
• The Seafarer
• Louise Labé
• Sonnet 2 [Handsome Brown Eyes]
• Sonnet 5 [Bright Venus]
• Sonnet 13 [The Ivy and the Tree]
• Sonnet 4 [The Point of Death]
• Sonnet 16 [Impotence]
• Sonnet 18 [Kiss Me Again]
• Sonnet 19 [A Meeting with Diana]
• Sonnet 21 [Love Forces My Judgment]
Sonnet 23 [The Tangle]
• Anna Akhmatova
• The White Bird
• Cleopatra
• Lot’s Wife
Andrée Chedid
• Thirst
• In Praise of Emptiness
• A Fragment of Sappho
• Acknowledgments

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