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Annie Finch

Rabia O’Loren



Courtship is pulling with your full-moon heart

to bring out patterns.  Patterns dry, crisp tides

that crescent up the beach, past sifted sand,

as sunset comes.  When all the shores are dark,


night pulls with courtship’s tides (Love leaves the tides

aside, to push on further up the sand,

to change far pools, to ebb into the heart

of earth and leave it salty, full, and dark).


Author Biography:

Annie Finch is a Fellow of Black Earth Institute. Her books of poetry include Eve, Calendars, Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams, and Spells: New and Selected Poems, forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press.  She has also produced a dozen books of poetics  and many music, art, theater, and opera collaborations.  She directs the Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing at the University of Southern Maine.


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