Courtship is pulling with your full-moon heart
to bring out patterns. Patterns dry, crisp tides
that crescent up the beach, past sifted sand,
as sunset comes. When all the shores are dark,
night pulls with courtship’s tides (Love leaves the tides
aside, to push on further up the sand,
to change far pools, to ebb into the heart
of earth and leave it salty, full, and dark).
Annie Finch is a Fellow of Black Earth Institute. Her books of poetry include Eve, Calendars, Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams, and Spells: New and Selected Poems, forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press. She has also produced a dozen books of poetics and many music, art, theater, and opera collaborations. She directs the Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing at the University of Southern Maine.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A River Runs Through Us Editor’s Note by Judith Roche Lyn Coffin Scott Ezell Sharon Doubiago Elizabeth Austen Kathleen Flenniken Christian Knoeller Lyn Lifshin David Berger Laura Bowers Foreman Sayantani Dasgupta Sibyl James Mary Swander Wendy Noritake Ann Spiers Kathleen Sweeney Brenda Peterson Dick Bakken Linda Rodriguez Michael Schein Carolyne Wright Angel Latterell Kristin Van Tassel Annie Finch Elizabeth Cunningham Cait Johnson Jack Hirschman Paul Nelson