Insect

By Annie Finch b. 1956 Annie Finch
That hour-glass-backed,
orchard-legged,
heavy-headed will,

paper-folded,
wedge-contorted,
savage—dense to kill—

pulls back on backward-moving,
arching
high legs still,

lowered through a deep, knees-reaching,
feathered down
green will,

antenna-honest,
thread-descending,
carpeted as if with skill,

a focus-changing,
sober-reaching,

tracing, killing will.

Reprinted with permission of the author and Story Line Press.

Source: Eve (Story Line Press, 1997)

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Poet Annie Finch b. 1956

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Living, Nature, Death, Animals

 Annie  Finch

Biography

Annie Finch is the author or editor of more than twenty books of poetry, plays, translation, literary essays, textbooks, and anthologies, including the poetry collections Eve (1997), Calendars (2003), and Spells: New and Selected Poems (2012), and the long poems The Encyclopedia of Scotland (1982) and Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams (2009). Calendars was shortlisted for the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Nature, Death, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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