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Summer Solstice Chant


The sun, rich and open,

stretches and pours on the bloom of our work.


In the center of the new flowers,

a darker wing of flower


points you like a fire.


Point your fire like a flower.

— “Summer Solstice Chant”
Spells: New and Selected Poems
(Wesleyan University Press, 2013)

Featured Book

Spells brings together Annie’s most memorable and striking poems from previous books, along with previously unpublished and new poems. These intricate and moving “spells” bring readers to experience poetry not just in the mind, but in the body. REVIEWS: “Such cohesiveness, especially in a selected, is incredibly rewarding. . .”

“Such cohesiveness, especially in a new and selected, is incredibly rewarding. The work as a whole has depth, tightness, confidence in itself. The reader can trust Spells, poem after poem, and can revel in it. . . . I enjoyed the reading experience thoroughly, knowing I could settle in.   Together, the poems are fables and stories that echo into something greater, drawing the reader into a grand, female-centered narrative of ourselves and the world.”—Anna Leahy, Fiction Writers Review

Latest Posts

  • Five Directions: Bringing Poetry Home to Ritual
    Thu, Jul 2, 2015
    Last night’s performance of Five Directions in Portland felt so amazing.  My poems flew away and came home at the same time. I’ve written verse plays but haven’t performed a choreopoem of my own work in decades, since my first book, The Encyclopedia of Scotland, premiered in 1982. And that show was completed before I had really […]Read More
  • Major New Anthology of Goddess Writings
    Mon, May 18, 2015
      My poem “Inanna” appears among works by 92 cross-cultural writers and artists including Carol P. Christ, Max Dashu, Genevieve Vaughan, Lydia Ruyle, Susan Hawthorne, and Starhawk in She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Spirituality, and Activism,a major new anthology of essays, poems, and art edited by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Kaalii Cargill.  At nearly 500 pages, this anthology […]Read More
  • Do “Poem in Your Pocket Day” Even Better: Seven Tips for Memorizing a Poem
    Thu, Apr 30, 2015
    It’s National Poem in your Pocket Day. For over a decade, the Academy of American Poets has been encouraging all of us to carry a poem in our pockets on April 30 and share it with people we meet, in honor of the last day of National Poetry Month. And to make it easier, the […]Read More
  • Why I Am a Woman Poet
    Tue, Apr 28, 2015
      My Sister-in-Law, Sister, Niece, and Me in My Mother’s Kitchen A new review of my book Spells: New and Selected Poems is out, and the author, Anna Leahy, makes some interesting points about the larger question of women’s writing.  Leahy writes of Spells, “The poems in this collection encourage gendered reading or encourage gender as part of reading. […]Read More