Heart of the Flower: Poems for the Sensuous Gardener

Edited by Sondra Zeidenstein

This first-of-its-kind collection of poems is intended for gardeners who cannot, even in season, get enough of flower gardening through eyes, nose, fingertips, knees or backs, and who, out of season, feel restless and uprooted. The setting in most of the fifty-one poems is the flower garden. The images are botanically and horticulturally accurate. The order of the poems reflects a gardener’s year. Alive among the poems are the compelling blossoms, stalks and leaves of the noted artist Emily Nelligan’s drawings.

These poems depict all the joy and frustration of gardening, the successes and disappointments, the astonished gratitude we feel for unexpected bounties. A deep joy in the beauty and pleasure of the physical world graces these pages. Along with the seed catalogs this book can carry us through the months when we must be idle, longing for the smell of just-turned loam. Jane Kenyon

I knew I was going to love this book from the haiku by Basho on the dedication page, “The temple bell stops/ but the sound keeps coming/ out of the flowers.” Pamela Malone, wings
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