Voices From the American Land Series, 2012
The Voice Was the Sea is a beautifully illustrated, collectible limited-edition book of new poems by Ani, each inspired by a specific location along the Maine Coast. This unique volume in the Voices From the American Land Series includes an exclusive interview with Annie Finch focusing on how she gains inspiration from the Maine coast, along with a gazetteer of the Maine coastal locations that appear in the poems.
"The poems of this chapbook are not simply interrelated. They are one vision, one response to the mystery of fire and rock and water and wind/Sun and earth and ocean and air that bless us with the constancy of the moon-tide’s endless pull, the grey anchor of rocks . . . Annie Finch’s poetry does not plead for sustainability as many ecological poets do. Rather, her poems themselves are aesthetic forms of sustainability."
In the center of sunlight, I am coming true;
In the pulling of ripples, I’m there.
I answer your heart with me, my heart with you,
In the balance of waiting and air . . .
—From "Fire and Rock and Water and Air," in The Voice Was the Sea by Annie Finch