VIDEO + AUDIO Annie Finch, solo reading and conversation

Friday, February 19 - 12:30 am PS to 2:00 am PST
The Poetry Center, Humanities 512, San Francisco State University

Full program: Annie Finch: February 18, 2016
Video highlights: Annie Finch on magic and spellsAnnie Finch reads "A Blessing on the Poets"

A solo reading by and conversation with poet Annie Finch, visiting from her home in New England. 

On Spells: New and Selected Poems —“An exuberant exposition of Annie Finch’s accomplishment as a poet of craft, humor, myth, intimacy and of the natural world.” (Marilyn Hacker, chancellor, Academy of American Poets)

“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.” (Charles Altieri, University of California, Berkeley)

“Annie Finch is an American original, a master of control who shows no fear of excess, and none of quietness either. With a perfect-pitch ear for the American tongue, she is a formalist as much in the tradition of Robert Duncan and Bernadette Mayer as of Hart Crane and John Berryman. The directness and simplicity of her poems are deceptive—they have depths and delights that appear to go on forever. We haven't had a poet so capable of combining control and excess since the young Robert Duncan.” (Ron Silliman)

Annie Finch

Poet, writer, and performer Annie Finch has published more than twenty books, most recently Spells: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press). Annie’s incantational and gorgeously crafted poems use form to explore earth-centered spirituality, uniquely merging word, rhythm, and ritual. Annie’s poetry appears in Field, Jacket, Agni, Yale Review, Poetry, Paris Review, Norton Anthology of World Poetry, and Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century American Poetry. Her work has been performed widely including at Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Annie is the founder of, a magazine and community for poets, and of the magical online market and community


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