Poem of the Week: “Frozen In,” by Annie Finch

Frozen In

by Annie Finch


               Venice, December

       Ours are the only mouths

       to taste with this smothering slow

       touch, and the only steps

       to sink like bellsounds and cave

       deep into the marble snow.


       Women who go to the window

       to push their arms out to the snow

       and then bring the shutters back in

       follow us as we fall

       past their eyes where the black night lives.


       We are snowflakes at last, as the thick

       never locked, never closed doors

       follow us through squares of light

       their windows have left on the snow.

       Once again, warmth that falls,

       again, though our tracks fill and slow.





Annie Finch, “Frozen In” from Eve. Copyright © 1997 by Annie Finch. (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2010)


Published by cpoetrymsu

The Center for Poetry opened in the fall of 2007 to encourage the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry and to create an awareness of the place and power of poetry in our everyday lives. We think about this in a number of ways, including through readings, shows, community outreach, and workshops. We are at work building a poetry community at MSU and in the greater Lansing area. Contact: cpoetry@msu.edu (517) 884-1932 http://www.poetry.rcah.msu.edu

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