Spells: New and Selected Poems

“Spells is an exuberant exposition of Annie Finch’s accomplishment as a poet of craft, humor, myth, intimacy and of the natural world.”
– Marilyn Hacker

ABOUT SPELLS

Spells: New and Selected Poems brings together Annie Finch’s most memorable and important 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. Finch is celebrated for her extraordinary love and knowledge of poetic craft, and Spells displays her virtuosity in a broad range of genres and forms. The book also includes a number of new and previously unpublished poems.

EXCERPT

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 flower.

Point your fire like a flower

REVIEWS

”Annie Finch’s Spells is a pure tone that calls us home to the first impulse of poetry. We link to mystery. We lift off.”
—Joy Harjo

“One of the most dexterous formal poets writing in the United States today, Annie Finch is at ease in a dazzling variety of prosodic modes, from the very short lyric to the sonnet to myriad metrical constructions in stanzaic forms…all of her considerable talents are on
display in Spells: New and Selected Poems.”
—Molly Peacock

“Spells is an exuberant exposition of Annie Finch’s accomplishment as a poet of craft, humor, myth, intimacy and of the natural world.”
—Marilyn Hacker

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Published April 2 2013 from Wesleyan University Press
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