Eve

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Annie Finch's debut book of poetry, Eve, is a classic collection of passionate, vibrant poems by a poet who has come to be widely known for her musical ear and painstaking craft. Organized around the themes of nine goddesses from cultures worldwide, the book deals with coming of age, nature, love, and female-centered spirituality in free verse and a wide range of expertly-handled forms and meters. This book's gems include much-reprinted sonnet "Still Life," the feminist villanelle "Pearl," the haunting "Lucid ...
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Overview

Annie Finch's debut book of poetry, Eve, is a classic collection of passionate, vibrant poems by a poet who has come to be widely known for her musical ear and painstaking craft. Organized around the themes of nine goddesses from cultures worldwide, the book deals with coming of age, nature, love, and female-centered spirituality in free verse and a wide range of expertly-handled forms and meters. This book's gems include much-reprinted sonnet "Still Life," the feminist villanelle "Pearl," the haunting "Lucid Waking," "Walk With Me," "Gulf War and Child," and Finch's reply to Marvell's "Coy Mistress."
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Women'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.)
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Women'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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885266460
  • Publisher: Story Line Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Pages: 102
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

ANNIE FINCH is author or editor of fifteen books of poetry, translation, and criticism, most recently Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams and The Body of Poetry. Her book of poetry Calendars was shortlisted for the ForeWord Magazine Poetry Book of the Year Award and in 2009 she was awarded the Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award. She lives in Maine where she directs Stonecoast, the low-residency MFA program of the University of Southern Maine.
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Table of Contents

Rhiannon
Running in Church
No Snake
Zaraf's Star
Spider Woman
Lucid Waking
My Raptor
Great Reading Room Murals
The Door
Inanna
The Last Mermother
Daughter
Strangers
Westminster
Coatlique
Still Life
The Circled Sand
In Cities, Be Alert
Insect
Three Generations of Secrets
Brigid
Sapphics for Patience
Inside the Violet
Pearl
Rain Birth
Nut
Frozen In
The Garden
Another Reluctance
Tribute
Aphrodite
Courtship
Coy Mistress
Being a Constellation
Walk With Me
Changing Woman
Ancestor
Gulf War and Child: A Curse
Thanksgiving
The Wish for Eyes
Eve
Encounter
Samhain
Diving Past Violets

Notes on the Poems

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