Annie Finch

Rookie (1956 / New Rochelle, New York)

Annie Finch Poems

1. A Crown of Autumn Leaves 1/25/2016
2. A Valentine For Hands 8/29/2015
3. Another Reluctance 1/25/2016
4. Butterfly Lullaby 5/30/2008
5. Chain of Women 1/25/2016
6. Changing Woman 1/25/2016
7. Coy Mistress 1/25/2016
8. Elegy For My Father 5/30/2008
9. Final Autumn 1/25/2016
10. Frozen In 1/25/2016
11. Gulf War And Child: A Curse 3/1/2014
12. In Cities, Be Alert 1/25/2016
13. Insect 7/21/2015
14. Iowa Barn 5/30/2008
15. Landing Under Water, I See Roots 5/30/2008
16. Love in the Morning 5/26/2015
17. Moon From the Porch 1/25/2016
18. My Raptor 1/25/2016
19. Samhain 11/23/2015
20. Strangers 1/25/2016
21. Wild Yeasts 3/1/2014
22. Winter Solstice Chant 1/25/2016

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Elegy For My Father

HLF, August 8,1918—August 22,1997

“Bequeath us to no earthly shore until
Is answered in the vortex of our grave
The seal’s wide spindrift gaze towards paradise.”
—Hart Crane, “Voyages”

“If a lion could talk, we couldn’t understand it”
—Ludwig Wittgenstein


Under the ocean that stretches out wordlessly
past the long edge of the last human shore,
there are deep windows the waves haven't opened,
where night is reflected through decades of glass.
There is the nursery, there is the nanny,
there are my father’s ...

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Love in the Morning

Morning's a new bird
stirring against me
out of a quiet nest,
coming to flight—

quick-changing,
slow-nodding,
breath-filling body,

life-holding,
waiting,
clean as clear water,

warmth-given,
fire-driven
kindling companion,

mystery and mountain,
dark-rooted,
earth-anchored.

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