Another writing prompt from Annie Finch… win a book!

Wesleyan University Press and Annie Finch invite you to participate in a friendly writing challenge. Take a chance at winning a copy of Annie’s new book, Spells: New and Selected Poems, while creating your own poetry.

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Throughout the coming weeks, we will post poems by Annie Finch, along with related writing prompts from Annie. We invite you to respond to each prompt with a poem of your own. Annie will select the poem that moves her most. The author of the poem will win a free copy of Spells. Please feel free to reply to each prompt with a unique poem of your own. We ask that you reply to each prompt only once, with a single poem.

Prompt for Summer Solstice Chant: Write a poem in the form of a chant, to be performed aloud by an individual or a group of people. 

Please send your poems, along with your with name and mailing address to

Happy writing!

Summer Solstice Chant

June 21

The sun, rich and open,
stretches and pours on the bloom of our work.

In the center of the new flowers,
a darker wing of flower

points you like a fire.

Point your fire like a flower.
Courtesy of Annie Finch, from Spells: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan, 2013)