Book: Ten Poems About Gardens
This beguiling mini anthology is for gardeners and garden-lovers, the green-fingered and the willing admirer. The poems, like the gardens they describe, range from formality to informality and from elegance to sweet-scented shades of mystery. As Monty Don writes in his introduction, the poems are practical celebrations of why and how to garden; they are to be read with soil under your nails. But they are also to be read to cultivate "all that grows within". The very particular inner repose that comes from a day in the garden is something we all need more than ever: "...peace never leaves him. But it rushes through me, not as sustenance the flower holds but like bright light through the bare tree." - from 'Vespers' by Louise Glück Poems by Richard Church, Henry Constable, Barbara Daniels, Maura Dooley, Ann Drysdale, Louise Glück, Katherine Mansfield, Robin Robertson, Vikram Seth and Robert Louis Stevenson. Cover illustration by Rosalind Bliss. Supplied with envelope and bookmark.