Moons that are linking our daughters’
Choices, and still more beginnings,
Threaded alive with our shadows,
These are our bodies’ own voices,
Powers of each of our bodies,
Threading, unbroken, begetting
Flowers from each of our bodies.
These are our spiraling borders
Carrying on your beginnings,
Moving through shadows to daughters,
Moving inside our beginnings,
Moons of our daughters, and mothers,
Annie Finch is an American poet, writer, translator, speaker, teacher, and performer. She is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Earth Days: Poems, Chants, & Spells in Five Directions (Nirala Publications), Eve and Calendars (both finalists for the National Poetry Series), and Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams (awarded the Sarasvati Award). Her other works include influential essays, books, and anthologies on poetics, including A Poet’s Craft, The Ghost of Meter, and The Body of Poetry, and anthologies on poetics including Villanelles, An Exaltation of Forms, and Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters. Her poetry has appeared in the New York Times, Poetry Magazine, Paris Review, Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, and Norton Anthology of World Literature and has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, and Spanish. Educated at Yale and Stanford University, where she earned her Ph.D, she has lectured at universities including Berkeley, Harvard, and Oxford. In 2012 she was awarded the Robert Fitzgerald Award for her lifetime contribution to the Art and Craft of Versification. Finch’s verse plays and theater rituals have been produced at venues including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, Deepak Chopra Homespace, and American Opera Projects. She travels widely from her home in New York to teach and perform and has read her poems cross the U.S. and in India, Mexico, Africa, and throughout Europe.