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Of leaf and flower : stories and poems for gardeners
Dean, Charles.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Persea Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
x, 182 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
"A Karen and Michael Braziller book."
Format :


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PS509.G37 O38 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The answers to many gardening questions can be found in practical books and essays, but how to explain the passions behind the obsession? Why do we get down on our hands and knees in the mud in March? What lures us back to the garden for one last look before dark? Only storytellers and poets can tell us.

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Booklist Review

Blistered and scratched, mud-spattered and grimy, gardeners not only coax life from the soil through their sweat and strain but also with the faith and devotion that their efforts will be rewarded with a bit of beauty and sustenance. To do so requires more than the technical know-how that guides pruning shears or the trained eye that chooses to plant daylilies near daffodils--for gardeners are, if nothing else, receptive souls in tune to the life that flows around them. Dean and Wachsberger celebrate these sensitivities in 24 lustrous poems and stories harvested from the work of some of America and Britain's most acclaimed authors, contributors who understand the essential connection between person and plant. The work of Robert Frost and Alice Walker, John Updike and Kate Chopin, O. Henry and Sylvia Plath explore the motivation and mystery behind gardening, the most ancient of human activities, in a sumptuous anthology adorned with elegant sumi ink illustrations. --Carol Haggas

Table of Contents

Robert FrostSakiCynthia ZarinSarah Orne JewettWilliam Carlos WilliamsArturo VivanteJames SchuylerWilliam SaroyanChristopher ReidMary AustinHoward NemerovKate ChopinO. HenryAmy ClampittEugenia CollierSylvia PlathRobert GravesBilly CollinsJohn UpdikeAlice WalkerH. E. BatesMark DotyJosephine JacobsenKathleen Raine
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Leaves Compared with Flowersp. 3
The Occasional Gardenp. 4
Baby's Breathp. 13
Mrs. Toddp. 15
The Lilyp. 23
Fisherman's Terracep. 24
What Ails My Fern?p. 35
The Pomegranate Treesp. 37
The Gardenersp. 57
Old Spanish Gardensp. 59
The Salt Gardenp. 75
Ripe Figsp. 78
The Last Leafp. 83
The Horned Rampionp. 92
Marigoldsp. 97
Fable of the Rhododendron Stealersp. 112
Earth to Earthp. 117
Bonsaip. 124
Leavesp. 129
Revolutionary Petuniasp. 135
The Lilyp. 139
In the Community Gardenp. 150
Jack Frostp. 155
Winifred's Gardenp. 172
Biographical Notes on the Authorsp. 174