Fierce Aria


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Finishing Line Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.23 inches | 0.33 pounds
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About the Author

Maxima Kahn is a writer of poetry, essays and fiction. Her work has been featured in numerous literary journals and on popular blogs such as TinyBuddha, PositivelyPositive and The Startup. She has twice been nominated for Best of the Net, was a finalist for the Atlanta Review poetry contest, and has received scholarships and fellowships to the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Vermont Studio Center. Fierce Aria is her first full-length collection of poems. Having formerly taught creative writing at the University of California, Davis extension, she now teaches and blogs at Her popular workshops on poetry, creative writing and creativity-and her one-on-one creative life coaching-have helped hundreds of people to unleash their creative gifts and create lives of passion, purpose and deep play. She is also an improvisational violinist, an award-winning composer and a dancer. You can follow and support her creative process and journey at Learn about her workshops and read her blog on creativity and soulful living at And find updates on her writing life, including upcoming events, at


"I have learned to walk into the valley of my fears and losses," writes Maxima Kahn, and the evidence of what she has learned is all over these amazing poems. Fierce Aria is a book with a post-Wallace Stevens mission: to coax the still perfection of ideas out of the abstract realm, so they can take shape in the messy wilderness of reality. Distinctive, honed, vulnerable, musical, courageous, honest, Maxima Kahn's poems are fully ripened, fully considered--each one ready to drop richly into the hand like a subtly contoured fruit. Taste them.

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

In her first full-length collection, Fierce Aria, Maxima Kahn traverses rarified air, an anarchist wrapped in the lyrical spirituality of Rumi. Each of these poems is both a prayer and a call to arms, seamlessly crossing the barriers of concrete reality and dizzying imagination. Maxima clearly obsesses over every word and phrase; artistry that anchors us into each imagistic line, while allowing the reader to vicariously live her life of intense introspect and wondrous landscapes.

-Indigo Moor, Sacramento Poet Laureate, author of In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers