The Finality of a Poem

By Michael Anania b. 1939 Michael Anania

(after Albert Cook)

All day, that   
is forever,

they fall, leaves,   
pine needles,

as blindly as   
hours into hours

colliding,   
and the chill

rain—what else   
do you expect

of October?—
spilling from one

roof to another,   
like words from

lips to lips, your   
long incertain

say in all of this   
unsure of where

the camera is
and how the light

is placed and what   
it is that’s ending.

Michael Anania, “The Finality of a Poem” from Selected Poems. Copyright © 1994 by Michael Anania. Used by permission of Asphodel Press/Acorn Alliance.

Source: Selected Poems (1994)

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Poet Michael Anania b. 1939

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Fall, Arts & Sciences, Relationships, Nature, Time & Brevity, Poetry & Poets, Living

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In the afterword to his first book, the 1969 New Poetry Anthology, Michael Anania wrote, "There is little evidence that modernism is dead or even dying. The tradition of Pound, Eliot, Williams, Stevens and their contemporaries is very much alive." Anania's importance as a poet lies in how he preserves and develops this modernist tradition in American poetry. A deep commitment to modernism and the tradition of experimental, often . . .

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SUBJECT Fall, Arts & Sciences, Relationships, Nature, Time & Brevity, Poetry & Poets, Living

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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