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."
|Publisher:||Carnegie-Mellon University Press|
|Series:||Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.20(d)|
About 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.
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
What People are Saying About This
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a somewhat curious poetry collection. While it invokes such goddesses as Rhiannon, Inanna, Coatlicue, Brigid, Aphrodite, Cnanging Woman and Eve, the poems themselves are more often personal and, perhaps, somewhat confessional. There are a number of poems meditating on the experience of being a new mother and a wife/lover and some exploring a difficult mother/daughter relationship. The poet employs both open and closed forms -- her best poems are fitted within a formal structure and sometimes invoke a Biblical or mythological allusion. "Daughter" is Salome's repudiation of her mother -- she consents to obeying her bidding to seek the head of John of Baptist, but it is the last request of her mother that she will fulfill. "Pearl" is a villanelle that explores the how the encasement of a girl in the wrappings of social expections leads to the development of a woman who encases the world with her own power."Reaching with eyes, they covered her as a girlleaving a grain of gaze, the irritant starewomen must cover everywhere, with pearl."