Today's poem is "Winter Feeding"
from If a Storm

Anhinga Press

Anna Ross 's chapbook, Hawk Weather, won the New Women’s Voices Prize from Finishing Line Press and the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award from the New England Poetry Club. She has received fellowships from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Grub Street, Inc., Fishtrap, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry and criticism has appeared in journals such as The Paris Review, The New Republic, Southwest Review, Salamander, Barrow Street, and Boston Review. She teaches at Stonehill College, where she is Poet in Residence, and is a contributing editor in poetry for Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics.

Books by Anna Ross:

Other poems on the web by Anna Ross:
Three poems
Two poems
Two poems
"Self-Portrait with Alternative Ending"
"Self-Portrait with Catastrophe"

Anna Ross's Website.

About If a Storm:

"A masterfully written collection that reads with growing psychological complexity, If a Storm is a crescendo of poetry. Anna Ross is a strong poet of eye and ear. Her close investigation of the nature of motherhood and the motherhood of nature are compelling. Assured and unrelenting, these poems build into a singular voice that continues to echo long after the final poem."
—Julianna Baggott

"Calmly exact, without being at all fussy or guarded, Anna Ross's poems possess a subtle watchfulness (and a strange sense of being watched in return -- by the world and its creaturely life!). One hears in their music a responsiveness and empathy that is unusual these days -- their tone a tender gravity that is restorative and true. A music that signals real care for how and where we live."
—David Rivard

"Lyric poetry attends to the life that goes unrecorded underneath the world's visible stories. Anna Ross's If a Storm does so with a combination of searching description (chiefly of the natural world) and a deceptive nonchalance. Ross's innovation is that she knows that such attention of mind and body now exists in the world as an anxiety, an "underneath": a privacy of thought that has become, for so many real and imagined reasons, anxiously secret. From intimate confessions of the failure of judgment, especially in the face of loss ("Instinct or pattern will blind us") to a sonnet sequence whose incantatory last poem gives the collection its nervous title ("Flight"), to moving accounts of pregnancy, travel, and other transitional states of being, If a Storm turns this tense and shareable intuition into a rich investigation of the world."
—Katie Peterson

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