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Author: FINCH, ANNIE
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Finch, Annie    Poet's Biography
127 poems available by this author


A CAROL FOR CAROLYN    Poem Text    
First Line: I dreamed of a poet who gave me a whale
Subject(s): Kizer, Carolyn (b. 1925)


A CROWN OF AUTUMN LEAVES    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Our voices press
Subject(s): Leaves


A LETTER FOR EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Like me, you used to write while baking bread
Last Line: I take from you as you take me apart
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


A REPLY FROM HIS COY MISTRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sir, I am not a bird of prey
Last Line: You've all our lives to praise the rest
Variant Title(s): Coy Mistress
Subject(s): Literary Form; Man-woman Relationships; Marvell, Andrew (1621-1678); Poetry & Poets; Women's Rights; Male-female Relations; Feminism


A WEDDING ON EARTH    Poem Text    
First Line: Like the feet that root deep to walk the ground
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


AMERICAN WITCH        Recitation by Author


AN IMAGINARY COMPANION        Recitation by Author


ANCESTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Bound in a chain of women, I
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry


ANCESTOR       
First Line: Bound in a chain of women
Last Line: The branches that burst from her broom


ANOTHER RELUCTANCE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Chestnuts fell in the charred season,
Subject(s): Home; Chestnuts; Autumn; Fall


ANOTHER RELUCTANCE       
First Line: Chestnuts fell in the charred season
Last Line: Grain gone, now the children are home


APHRODITE       
First Line: Aphrodite, come to me
Last Line: Cover me with your sweet certainty


BANSHEE BABY       
First Line: As the ghosts followed me throughout my head
Last Line: I was alone, and not a word was said


BEING A CONSTELLATION       
First Line: Heavy with my milk, you move
Last Line: The patterns in your sleepy net


BELLY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Humming sparrow touching my breast


BELLY       
First Line: My belly thickens like a stem
Last Line: My breasts go heavy to meet you here


BLUE WILLOW        Recitation by Author


BLUE WILLOWS       
First Line: Once days blew in a pattern, when blue willows
Last Line: Till more sun leans over the backs of the chairs


BRIGID    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Ring, ring, ring, ring! Hammers fall
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Brigid Of Ireland, Saint (453-523); Bridget, Saint; Brigit Of Kildare, Saint


BRIGID       
First Line: Ring, ring, ring, ring! Hammers fall
Last Line: Linger on tongues, burn away


BUTTERFLY LULLABY    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My wild indigo dusky wing
Subject(s): Butterflies


CAFFEINE DESTINY    Poem Text    
First Line: A wedge of posture driven in to death


CALENDARS    Poem Text    
First Line: In the winding
Subject(s): Time


CHAIN OF WOMEN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: These are the seasons persephone promised
Subject(s): Persephone; Proserpine; Proserpina


CHAIN OF WOMEN       
First Line: Body of our thread unbroken
Last Line: Chain that links my mother


CHANGING WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: If we change as she is changing,
Subject(s): Women; Change


CHANGNG WOMAN       
First Line: If we change as she is changing
Last Line: (is she changing, or the same?)


CIRCLED SAND       
First Line: Oaks have thickened. Blackberries
Last Line: And mist appeared on the water


COATLIQUE       
First Line: She listens for breathing
Last Line: As darkness will keep them


COURTSHIP       
First Line: Courtship is pulling with your full-moon heart
Last Line: Of earth and leave it salty, full, and dark


COY MISTRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sir, I am not a bird of prey:


DANCE FOR THE INLAND SEA       
First Line: Water that moves, in a bodylike stream
Last Line: Through the sod my own prairie lays down


DAUGHTER       
First Line: Yes, cradle the fallen head
Last Line: Your eyes are bloody -- like this room


DESIRE FOR QUIET       
First Line: Silence may lead deep and make me mad
Last Line: The dark is dry grass tipped by brutal flowers


DICKINSON       
First Line: Of all the lives I cannot live
Last Line: Not over, but upon
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886); Literary Form


DOOR       
First Line: It seemed as if a door came calling
Last Line: (though far outside, the trees were bare)


DRIVING PAST VIOLETS       
First Line: These words and I don't see you, though we charge
Last Line: With winding, deep inside such patient caves


DUSK        Recitation by Author
Subject(s): Owls


EARTH GODDESS TO SKY GOD       
First Line: You have not formed me. I am a monster still
Last Line: And in my night is anything but sleep


ELEGY FOR MY FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Under the ocean that stretches out wordlessly
Subject(s): Fathers - Death


ENCOUNTER       
First Line: Then, in the bus where strange eyes are believed to burn
Last Line: With solitude, more alone, than we could have known


EVE    Poem Text    
First Line: When mother eve took the first apple down


EVE       
First Line: When mother eve took the first apple down
Last Line: That I look, as if for something near to praise


FINAL AUTUMN    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Maple leaves turn black in the courtyard.
Subject(s): Autumn; Fall


FOR A POETESS       
First Line: The corners of the frontispiece yellow from their darker edges
Last Line: A finch fills them till they glow from their darker edges


FOR GRIZZEL MCNAUGHT       
First Line: Bound in the women who chain by
Last Line: You knew in your low-ceilinged room
Subject(s): Literary Form


FROZEN IN    Poem Text    
First Line: Ours are the only mouths
Subject(s): Winter


FROZEN IN       
First Line: Ours are the only mouths
Last Line: Again, though our tracks fill and slow


GARDEN       
First Line: Out of old earth where the worms have eaten
Last Line: Through the wind. They'll walk waves


GREAT GRAY OWL        Recitation by Author


GREAT READING ROOM MURALS       
First Line: Knowledge is lost and generous. Here she sits
Last Line: Ennobled pain; we read on by their side


GULF WAR AND CHILD: A CURSE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: He is sleeping, his fingers curled
Subject(s): Gulf War (1991); Operation Desert Storm (1991)


GULF WAR AND CHILD: A CURSE       
First Line: You are sleeping, your fingers all curled
Last Line: Drops its cup, this bleeding gift we poured


HOME-BIRTH       
First Line: Home has a body since you urged it free
Last Line: Home is the birth place that you gave to me


HOSTAGE WILDFLOWERS        Recitation by Author


IN CITIES, BE ALERT    Poem Text    
First Line: You may hear that your heartbeat is uneven
Subject(s): City & Town Life


IN CITIES, BE ALERT       
First Line: You may hear that your heartbeat is uneven
Last Line: Will finally, of course, be what disarms you


IN THE GRASSES       
First Line: Among the seed-loads, hand taking its hold
Last Line: Far after the slow rocking at my side


INANNA       
First Line: A young goddess, full of love, fresh with the touch of a husband
Last Line: A goddess goes down, and I can hear her


INSECT    Poem Text    
First Line: That hour-glass-backed


INSECT       
First Line: That hour-glass-backed
Last Line: Sober-reaching %tracing, killing will


INSIDE THE VIOLET    Poem Text    
First Line: Beside the long hedge on my parents' drive
Subject(s): Violets


INSIDE THE VIOLET       
First Line: Beside the long hedge on my parents' drive
Last Line: And refused to look in violets anymore


IOWA BARN    Poem Text    
First Line: Light and shadow
Last Line: Could reflect us
Subject(s): Barns; Iowa


LAMIA TO LYCIUS       
First Line: Do you here me, lycius? Do you hear these dreams
Last Line: Till every human word you say is clear
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Man-woman Relationships; Poetry And Poets; Women's Rights


LAND       
First Line: Prairies step slower than palaces down
Last Line: Thick centuries sleep, laid on bones %quiet as animals


LANDING UNDER WATER, I SEE ROOTS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: All the things we hide in water


LAST MERMOTHER       
First Line: I used to fish in san francisco bay
Last Line: A crust of sand still thickening on the edge %of its quiet bones
Subject(s): Mothers; San Francisco Bay, California


LETTER FOR EMILY DICKINSON       
First Line: Like me, you used to write while baking bread
Last Line: I take from you, as you take me apart
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


LUCID WAKING       
First Line: Once I wanted the whole dawn not to let me
Last Line: Once so bird-ridden -- and the sun, the curtains


MARDI GRAS SONG       
First Line: I danced in gold and fell in love
Last Line: They kicked my insides in
Subject(s): Mardi Gras (new Orleans)


MEETING THE CAVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here no ledge can slice footholds


MOON FROM THE PORCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Moon has dusks for walls,
Subject(s): Moon


MOWING    Poem Text    
First Line: Easing the land into one long-plotted scene,
Subject(s): Mowing & Mowers; Lawn Mowers


MY BABY FELL APART    Poem Text    
First Line: My baby fell apart, and I could see
Subject(s): Miscarriage


MY RAPTOR    Poem Text    
First Line: My mind hovered over my baby, like
Variant Title(s): The Raptor
Subject(s): Pregnancy


MY RAPTOR       
First Line: My mind hovered over my baby, like
Last Line: Were mine alone -- or whether he could hear
Variant Title(s): The Rapto


NATIVE AMERICAN BIRDS       
First Line: The birds are everywhere, and hardly sing


NIGHT RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: With will the flicker of a candle flame
Subject(s): Rain


NIGHT WATCH ON THE INLAND SEA       
First Line: The fog means I can barely see a thing
Last Line: I stand not waiting, crying while they wait


NO SNAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Inside my eden I can find no snake.
Subject(s): Snakes; Serpents; Vipers


NO SNAKE       
First Line: Inside my eden I can find no snake
Last Line: Settle with dark heights, as I near the tree


NUT    Poem Text    
First Line: I cry for my lost days, I cry for my childhood,


NUT       
First Line: I cry for my lost days, I cry for my childhood
Last Line: Fall from your breasts, your arms


OVER DARK ARCHES    Poem Text    
First Line: Naked and thin and wet as if with rain
Last Line: Till we turn and are full
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


PARAVALEDELLENTINE: A PARADELLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Come to me with your warning sounds of the tender seas.


PEARL       
First Line: Reaching with eyes, they covered her as a girl
Last Line: What the woman covers: everything, like pearl


PEARLS       
First Line: The voyeur's vision covered her as a girl
Last Line: Until she covers everything, like pearl


PITCHER       
First Line: A sunny afternoon; think of vermeer
Last Line: Then she will stop to hold this moment near, %not drop the pitcher, nor betray vermeer
Variant Title(s): Still Lif
Subject(s): Vermeer, Jan (1632-1675)


RAIN BIRTH       
First Line: This is the rainy season, like a birth
Last Line: And, perishing from salt, I dry my eyes


REPLY FROM HIS COY MISTRESS       
First Line: Sir, I am not a bird of prey
Last Line: You've all our lives to praise the rest
Variant Title(s): Coy Mistres
Subject(s): Literary Form; Man-woman Relationships; Marvell, Andrew (1621-1678); Poetry And Poets; Women's Rights


RESOLUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: I'll call those scattered parts back to my side


RHIANNON       
First Line: A child is ranging, like a young horse
Last Line: And the furious sun in her mane


RUNNING IN CHURCH    Poem Text    
First Line: Then, you were a hot-thinking, thin-lidded tinderbox
Subject(s): Churches; Cathedrals


RUNNING IN CHURCH       
First Line: Then, you were a hot-thinking, thin-lidded tinderbox
Last Line: Pliant young bones were dissolving in laughter


SAMHAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: In the season leaves should love,
Subject(s): Halloween


SAMHAIN       
First Line: In the season leaves should love
Last Line: A gift for her perpetual gaze


SAPPHICS FOR PATIENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: But there - something rests on your hand and even
Last Line: Only for patience
Subject(s): Literary Form


SAPPHICS FOR PATIENCE       
First Line: But there - something rests on your hand and even
Last Line: Something like patience
Subject(s): Literary Form


SEED FOR SPRING EQUINOX    Poem Text    
First Line: Thrusting through the season where I'd waited for spring
Last Line: "now I watch the watching dark my light’s long-growing dark
Subject(s): Spring


SHE THAT    Poem Text    
First Line: The source of night is madness. I am she


SPIDER WOMAN       
First Line: Your thoughs in a web have covered the sky
Last Line: Stretching with rain over the sky


STRANGERS    Poem Text    
First Line: She turned to gold and fell in love
Subject(s): Love


STRANGERS       
First Line: She turned to gold and fell in love
Last Line: They knocked her insides in


SUMMER SOLSTICE CHANT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: The sun, rich and open,
Subject(s): Summer


THANKSGIVING       
First Line: Earth is getting ready to harden and dim
Last Line: As your opened eyes spoke the first day you were born


THE DOOR    Poem Text    
First Line: It seemed as if a door came calling


THE GRIM GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Out of the old earth that the worms ate
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening


THE LAST MERMOTHER       
First Line: I used to fish in san francisco bay
Subject(s): Mothers; San Francisco Bay, California


THE MENSTRUAL HUT    Poem Text    
First Line: How can I listen to the moon?
Last Line: Your blood will listen, every time
Subject(s): Blood


THE PITCHER    Poem Text    
First Line: A sunny afternoon; think of vermeer
Last Line: And drop the pitcher, and betray vermeer
Variant Title(s): Still Life
Subject(s): Vermeer, Jan (1632-1675)


THE WISH FOR EYES    Poem Text    
First Line: On solid hills through liquid dusk,
Subject(s): Eyes


THREE GENERATIONS OF SECRETS       
First Line: Is the sound of my loud carrying life a knell
Last Line: Until you ring aloud with newer sounds


TO VIVIENNE ELIOT       
First Line: Your gray dress stings in the canopied dawn
Last Line: (that has coated the sand will dissolve in my hand)


TRIBUTE    Poem Text    
First Line: When there are no words left to live
Last Line: Not over, but upon
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


TRIBUTE       
First Line: When there are no words left to live
Last Line: Not over, but upon
Subject(s): Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)


TWO BODIES    Poem Text    
First Line: Two bodies, balanced in mass and power,
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Conception; Male-female Relations


TWO INTO TWO       
First Line: Are we one or are we two
Last Line: Since your harming is my harm?


WALK WITH ME    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Walk with me just a while, body of sunlight


WALK WITH ME       
First Line: Walk with me just a while, body of sunlight
Last Line: Sinking body, walk in me now


WATCHING THE WHALE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: A hard gray wave, her fin, walks out on the water
Subject(s): Whales


WESTMINSTER       
First Line: Among these aisles and these attentive pews
Last Line: Where she and he walked up an aisle to he


WILD YEASTS    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Rumbling a way up my dough's heavy throat to its head,


WINTER SOLSTICE CHANT    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Vines, leaves, roots of darkness, growing,
Subject(s): Winter


WISH FOR EYES       
First Line: On solid hills through liquid dusk
Last Line: Touch me back with my eyes


ZARAF'S STAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Walking changes as dusk starts to gather
Subject(s): Horses; Stars


ZARAF'S STAR       
First Line: Walking changes as dusk starts to gather
Last Line: Hunger like stars reaching down for dark leaves