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Weekly Spell

Vines, leaves, roots of darkness, growing,
now you are uncurled and cover our eyes
with the edge of winter sky
leaning over us in icy stars.

Vines, leaves, roots of darkness, growing,
come with your seasons, your fullness, your end.

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

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Spells brings together Annie’s most memorable and striking poems from previous books, along with previously unpublished and new poems.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.

Latest Posts

    Wed, Dec 3, 2014
    On Nov 29, I issued the “Ferguson Ballad Challenge” to express my solidarity with Shannon Barber’s concern that The Paris Review chose to publish the poem it did under the title “The Ballad of Ferguson, Missouri.” The good news is that titles can’t be copyrighted and the field for the real ballad of Ferguson, the one that […]Read More
  • Book Review: Matriarchal Societies: Studies on Indigenous Culture Across the Globe
    Tue, Nov 25, 2014
    Matriarchal Societies: Studies on Indigenous Culture Across the Globe  by Heide Gottner-Abendroth This worldchanging, mindblowing book shows the way home.  In the wake of the racist Ferguson verdict,  in the wake of Mary Beard’s revelations about the threats and harassment suffered by women who speak out in public, I am reviewing this book wherever I can […]Read More
  • Poetcraft Circles—The Vision
    Sun, Nov 23, 2014
    Poets, are you curious to learn more details about Poetcraft Circles?   I know some of you are. So  I thought I’d share this working “vision statement” that lays out the outlines.  It’s so exciting that this is becoming real at last–with all the desire I hear from poets, especially young poets, to find out how form works, it […]Read More
  • Self-Development and the Responsiblity of the Poet
    Sat, Oct 25, 2014
    If a poet believes in the “channel” model of the self, there is almost a mandate to do everything you can to develop yourself as much as possible, so you can do as good a job channeling your muse as you can. This is the way I’ve always looked at it. To me it’s sort […]Read More

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