A reissuing of Eve, poems by Annie Finch.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyWomen's experiences, past and present, real or invented, fill the pages of this engrossing debut. Nine sequences of lyric poems are organized around ancient goddesses, including "Brigid," the divine ancestor of the ancient Celts; "Coatlique," the oldest pre-Columbian deity; "Nut," a goddess of African, and, later, Egyptian mythology; and "Aphrodite." The poet puts her own spin on the events of Genesis in the compelling "No Snake": "Inside my Eden I can find no snake./ There's not one I could look to and believe,/ obey and then be ruined by and leave/ because of, bearing children and an ache." Finch, who co-edited A Formal Feeling Comes (1994), reinforces the power of her invention with musical and rhythmical lines, as in "Strangers": "She turned to gold and fell in love,/ She danced life upside down./ She opened her eyes again/ and asked some strangers in." Among the formal structure employed in several of the poems is a Welsh form, the Awdl Gywydd, and, a four-beat accentual line, found in Sumerian poetry. "Coy Mistress," ("You've praised my eyes, forehead, breast:/ you've all our lives to praise the rest") is a witty response to Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress." Similarly, in "Still Life," the poet imagines the life of one of Vermeer's subjects, outside the frame of the painting. In clear, modulated language, Finch deftly captures the immanence of these figures and their stories and compares them to particular experiences of modern women. (Apr.)
- Carnegie-Mellon University Press
- Publication date:
- Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry
- Product dimensions:
- 5.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.20(d)
What People are saying about this
Robert Pinksy"Here is a poetry where a physical sense of the world and of spoken language gather force and energy from formal mastery. The cadences and patterns of Annie Finch's Eve feel like they have summoned and commanded form, not the reversewhich is a way of saying that this is a genuine poetry."
Carolyn Kizer"I have read Eve with delight and amazement . . . I feel I know why Finch is so firmly a formalist; she is a little mad, and the forms help contain the madness. I'd give a great deal to have more of that madness myself."
Sonia Sanchez"Annie Finch has given us a book rich in experience, women's history, memory and form. She has made form a one-eyed woman looking out at us all, beckoning us to enter into her arena and be."
Molly Peacock"Annie Finch's brilliance as a young poet lies in her view of the world as complex: her passionate examinations of family relationships, of family history, of the search to understand one's place in the world are underpinned by a syntax and a poetic design equally passionate and complex. This is a formidable first volume of poetry."
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