The Year of the Witch
“The Year of the Witch is a map, a record, a story: the Sun’s rise and fall; the Moon’s wax and wane; the seasons’ dance; the parade of stars across our arc of sky…”
The Year of the Witch (Sycorax Press) is Shannon Connor Winward’s first full-length poetry collection. With a structure that mimics a New Age guide to the lunar ritual calendar of modern witches, The Year of the Witch offers an eclectic mix of personal, myth-inspired and speculative poetry woven around a seasonal axis.
“Much of what Winward writes witnesses to the resilience of the female spirit and, in a deep sense, is often an unspoken prayer… Her latest collection, The Year of the Witch, is structured as a ritual or journey into Year or Life. And like Year or Life the book can be begun at any juncture…beginnings become endings and endings infer beginnings. And threading close to the surface of these poems is, as in all art that channels
memory and experience, a secret personal history…”
—John W. Sexton, author of Futures Pass and The Offspring of the Moon