Chain of Women

By Annie Finch b. 1956 Annie Finch
These are the seasons Persephone promised
as she turned on her heel—
the ones that darken, till green no longer
bandages what I feel.

Now touches of gold stipple the branches,
promising weeks of time
to fade through, finding the footprints
she left as she turned to climb.

Annie Finch, "Chain of Women" from Calendars, published by Tupelo Press. Copyright © 2003 by Annie Finch.  Reprinted by permission of the author.

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Poet Annie Finch b. 1956

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

Subjects Nature, Fall, Trees & Flowers, Mythology & Folklore, Heroes & Patriotism, Greek & Roman Mythology

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 Annie  Finch

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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 Nature, Fall, Trees & Flowers, Mythology & Folklore, Heroes & Patriotism, Greek & Roman Mythology

POET’S REGION U.S., New England

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