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Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams Paperback – October 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1597091619 ISBN-10: 1597091618 Edition: 1st Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Red Hen Press; 1st Edition edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597091618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597091619
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Among the Goddesses is a bold experiment.  Magical, mystical, musical, it charts a woman's journey that reverses the journey of Odysseus.  What is it to be aided by goddesses, if we are women?  What is it to face death, and to cause death?  How do we become ourselves?   "Isis, Astarte, Diana, Hecate, Demeter, Kali, Innanna"  may be the mileposts of any woman's journey toward freedom.”


—Alicia Ostriker, author of No Heaven and The Book of Seventy


Among the Goddesses is Annie Finch’s push toward the creation of a monumental work-of-art, an opera as totalartwork & as a vibrant mix of theater & epic.  In her personal version/vision of these now resuscitated goddesses she ventures beyond the limits of the lyric/confessional mode too long assigned to poetry.  And what’s even better: she sings it out loud as a litany of sounded/clashing dactyls & classical/classy repetitions & choruses, enough to carry any reader, she or he, who wants to go there.  Where?  Into that genuinely mythic place, the home of poetry & prophecy, where she affirms her artistry & dares us to hear & share her vision.”

—Jerome Rothenberg


About the Author

Annie Finch is the author of four books of poetry, Eve, Calendars (a finalist for the Forward Poetry Book of the Year Award) and The Encyclopedia of Scotland (Salt Publishing), as well as the definitive translation of the Complete Poems of Renaissance love poet Louise Labé.  She has also published nine books about poetry, most recently The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self.  She is a professor of English at the University of Southern Maine and director of the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program in creative writing.  Poems and further information are available at her website, www.anniefinch.com.


More About the Author

Annie Finch grew up in the New York suburbs and the northern Maine wilderness. A graduate of Yale University with a doctorate from Stanford University, she is an initiated Green Witch in the Dianic Tradition. Annie has presented her poetry across North America and in Europe and Africa and her poems have been featured on Def Poetry Jam, Voice of America, and in Carnegie Hall. Her honors include the Robert Fitzgerald Award and the Sarasvati Award in Poetry from the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Spirit of femininity is as old as women are. "Among the Goddesses" is a blend of epic poem and Libretto, as Annie Finch tells the story of Marie and Lily as they experience all the tragedy and triumph that comes with womanhood, looking to the mother goddesses that predate Christianity for guidance in the most trying of times. Driven and powerful writing in play format, "Among the Goddesses" is an excellent read and a first pick for literary fiction and poetry collections.
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