Annie Finch

June 9, 2015 Finch Annie

Tarot: The Empress


Earth pours wet, quick scimitars

Past my fingers and my knees,

My rooted feet, my crown growing stars,

My breasts that branch from budding trees.

Earth’s power engenders me.

It seeds me with moons like avatars.

I will branch out in sceptered bars

Through folds where grain, sky, body fan

(My draped robes redden patiently,

Raising the heads of tickling wheat)

The sparkled texture of a loom

That moves itself into a plan

Behind my throne.  Come sit and eat.

Annie Finch’s twenty books of poetry and poetics include the poetry volumes Eve, Calendars, Among the Goddesses, and Spells: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan). Recipient of the Sarasvati Poetry Award and the Robert Fitzgerald Award, she teaches in the low-residency MFA Program at St. Francis College, Brooklyn. She lives in Washington, DC.