Crone's Wines: Late Poems

Crone's Wines: Late Poems

by Margaret Rockwell Finch


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The poems in Crone’s Wines often unlock the memories at the fringes of consciousness, making them come alive, or reflect on the mysterious and unspoken, casting them into the realm of the familiar. With a mix of formal and free-verse poems, Crone’s Wines is wide-ranging in style and scope: its many preoccupations include solitude, nature, family, love, even the lightheartedness of cat poems, and aging and death-as befits the “late poems” subtitle, informed by the poet’s age. There is a sense of the spiritual and meditative in the universal poems, and a fierce openness in the poems of personal relationship, often intimate in their recollections. This a rewarding collection with a lifetime of memories and experience, delivered with wit and wisdom.


Margaret Rockwell Finch’s moving lyrics are passionate and lightly elegiac by turns. They speak unabashedly about desire and the human heart, but without the taints of sensationalism or sentimentality. Speak, however, is not the right word; given the delicately turned musicality of these poems, the mot juste must be sing.

- David Yezzi, author of Birds of the Air

Haunted, burnished passion echoes through these deft and beautifully alert lyrics. Margaret Rockwell Finch uses poetry's traditional means to ends that are purely her own. From time's quarrels, she has fashioned poems that resonate with poetry's timelessness.

- Baron Wormser, author of The Road Washes Out in Spring

Like the best of the chain of passionate women poets to which she belongs, Margaret Rockwell Finch is skilled in the perfectly torqued line, angled to pull power straight from the personal and often the collective unconscious. So many of these perfect crystals, forged with feeling and dignity out of the heart of experience, shine with the clarity of honesty and the strength of skillful craft. I am honored to count this poet as my literal and literary foremother.

- Annie Finch, author of Spells: New and Selected Poems


Maggie Finch was born Margaret Rockwell on April 20, 1921. Her poems have appeared in publications such as The Christian Science Monitor, Saturday Review, and Sequoia, and her three previous books of poems are Davy’s Lake, The Barefoot Goose, and Sonnets from Seventy-Five Years. She has served as president of the National Institute of American Doll Artists and copresident of the Maine Poets Society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781773490038
Publisher: Able Muse Press
Publication date: 07/10/2017
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents




Interview with Maggie Finch

Voices over Water

Another Perspective

After News of a Massacre, 2007

The Springing Sun

Voices over Water


Open Doors

Inlet, Tidal River at Flood

In October

At Moosehead

Dawn Over the Kennebec

On the Various Levels of Pleasure

March Waking

Therefore, Come


Cross Country

Ringwood Valley

A Vernal Query

Traveler’s Song

Learning from Early Coffee

Observe the Butterfly

Kennebec: Catching the Eastern Shore

Meander Path

Country Song

To Mr W.S. Merwin, On Reading “To This May”

Go, Gather Shells

Go, Gather Shells

Childhood’s Child

Coward, Coward

The Lost Garden

Althea’s Cinderella

About That Widow

Old Mags

Neatly Done

My Cousin

Lines for Morag Aitkenhead

Great-Uncle John

Bronzino’s Eleonora of Toledo with

Son, Don Giovanni

On the Twentieth of April

Lynne’s Gifts

The Disappeared

A Candle in the Small Hours

The Misplaced Poem


Three Ships

That We May Share


Whether or Not

You Are Appointed to Everlasting Glory

Find One

Out of Silence


The Wind

Your Silence

For a Time

That We May Share


So It May

Brave the Break

Strange Things Blues

One of Us

The Haiku

The Cinquain

The Understudy


Into the Winter

After Seven Years

The Door Ajar

Into the Clearing

What Think You?

Sonnets to Hayes

In Reply to “A Poem for Maggie”

Better Late than Never

In Celebration of the Day

On Staying Home from the Fair

Doubly Glad

Comes Time

Dear Friend

The Cat’s Dinner

Blue Bowls

The Familiar

My Pure Black Fur

Latest Advisements

Morning Story

Sextets & Such

Lines Found

Ships That Pass . . . (at Eighty-Three)

A Dental Ode (for Bruce Verrill)

Confession of an Old, Female Half-Hippie

Crone’s Wines


Crone’s Wines

An Octogenarian Homily

From a Heavy Winter

All Hallows

In My Mirror

Consideration of Weather

Death Watch


Dark’s Wall

You Know Who You Are

Song at the Shore

Leo under the Snow

Whatever Weather

Toward Helicon

Regarding Mary

Dreaming the Dead

Elegy in November

My Wall

Hands Beneath Head

A Painting with Final Colors

Leo at Leaf-Fall

Little Elegy/Little Jubilee

The Twins


Three Mothers


Just before Midnight

When Will She Turn

At Sunrise

On That Last Stone

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