Annie Finch is the director of the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. She is the author of five books of poetry, including Calendars. (Author photo by Helen Peppe)
''Annie Finch's poetry is a pure tone that calls us home to the first impulse of poetry. We link to mystery. We lift off."
"Annie Finch is an American original, a master of control who shows no fear of excess, and none of quietness either.... The directness and simplicity of her poems are deceptive—they have depths and delights that appear to go on forever."
"One of the most dexterous formal poets writing in the United States today, Annie Finch is at ease in a dazzling variety of prosodic modes, from the very short lyric to the sonnet to myriad metrical constructions in stanzaic forms.... All of her considerable talents are on display in Spells."
"Annie Finch understands better than any contemporary I know what poetry feels like and sounds like when it is completely at home in its traditions.... She is a major poet, one of very few who understand how lyric lives in part because it can speak for something larger than the ego."
Wesleyan University Press