In the winding of the vine,
Our voices press from us and twine
Around the year’s fermented wine. . .
Spells brings together Annie’s most memorable and striking poems from previous books, along with previously unpublished and new poems.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.
- Self-Development and the Responsiblity of the Poet 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 […]Sat, Oct 25, 2014
- Heading to BEI In a few hours I’ll be heading to the Black Earth Institute‘s annual retreat. I’m a Senior Fellow of the Institute, an honor that I take seriously now that the late visionary leader Patricia Monaghan, the cofounder of BEI, has left us in her wake and moved on. Where should BEI go from here? What is […]Thu, Oct 16, 2014
- Nine Goddesses Every Woman Should Know (This post was first published in The Huffington Post) Are you a woman (or man) who has lost touch with yourself spiritually — or has never gotten in touch with yourself spiritually — or who just wants more joy in each day? If so, you may want to try entwining more goddess energy into your […]Wed, Aug 27, 2014
- Omniformalism Revisited Twelve years ago, poet Kathrine Varnes and I got together to celebrate and ended with a manifesto. We had met up in a New Orleans restaurant during the AWP (Associated Writing Programs) Conference in honor of an exciting occasion: the publication of our anthology An Exaltation of Forms: Contemporary Poets Celebrate the Diversity of Their Art. […]Tue, Jul 1, 2014
- Visiting Carolyn Kizer: Mentorship From a Woman Poet is No Small Thing This post was first published at the Poetry Foundation website, www.poetryfoundation.org “It is easy to be a poet, / brim with transparent water….” Carolyn Kizer’s book Mermaids in the Basement was open on the table before me. But I recited the lines from memory as I scanned the familiar yet strange face, so close to mine, for […]Tue, Mar 11, 2014
- In Memoriam Maxine Kumin, Mother of Lofty Dogmas It was only a handful of years ago (years before her visit to Maine) that I visited Maxine Kumin to work on the editing of Lofty Dogmas, the book she wanted so much to exist in the world that I couldn’t resist helping her make it a reality. We walked around her farm and visited the […]Thu, Feb 6, 2014
- Robert Bly and The Deep Image School: All in Due Time Robert Bly’s selection for the Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal is well-deserved and long-overdue. Bly’s influence on contemporary poetry, with his translations, anthologies, and his spiritual and archetypal aesthetic, culminating in the Deep Image School of poetry, has been so pervasive and prolific as to actually become somewhat invisible. Publishing the historic journals the Fifties, the […]Sun, Mar 17, 2013
- Invocation for the One Billion Rising Here is the poem I wrote in honor of One Billion Rising,the worldwide rally against domestic violence and sexual abuse inspired by one of my heroines, Eve Ensler. I premiered the poem this afternoon at the Portland, Maine One Billion Rising rally. INVOCATION FOR THE ONE BILLION RISING Rise with me, Water! earth! […]Thu, Feb 14, 2013
- The Next Big Thing Today I’m going to answer 10 questions about my new book of poems, SPELLS, which is coming out in just a few weeks. I’m answering them as part of The Next Big Thing, a game of blog-tag to which I was invited by my delightful former Stonecoast student, Kathleen Clancy. Here’s Kathleen’s blog about her […]Wed, Feb 13, 2013
- Weathering the Work of Change: Marginalization in Popular Culture and Poetry My cousin Charlie Finch, writer and Senior Critic for Artnet Worldwide, sent some words of advice in response to my recent post about Avatar: “I think one needs to tread very carefully when dealing with expensive cultural phenomena such as “Avatar” or Susan Boyle. These are cultural anvils dropped from on high with the apparent […]Wed, Dec 12, 2012
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