Tonight was a great night out: my first time at the much-lauded Monday Night Poetry group, at the home of The Molly, and until recently, Camille, of 327 Market. It was at, you guessed it, 327 Market St. We read each other some poetry, ate some coconut ice cream and dark chocolate so strong it puckered my lips. Not knowing the flavor of the poetry commonly read, I brought a diverse selection: Edna St. Vincent Millay (a stand-by), Madeline L'Engle's collection Ordering of Love, and some A.A. Milne. I ended up reading Bad Sir Brian Botany by Milne, which B has memorized with a silly British accent, and Millay's Assault. It was fun. AND, we now have our last poem for the Christmas play, by the group's own Linda Neuschwander. I am so excited (and relieved-the deadline is in two days!)
New poets I discovered include:
Naomi Sahib Nye ( more from her later)
Kay Ryan
Robert Southwell, Jesuit priest from the 16th century.
Here is my freewrite, I can't believe I'm sharing it here, but I guess it's late and I'm feeling fearless....

Draw back the curtains
That your Mother made you
Throw up the sash
Lean out into the night
Breathe deep the cool air
Let sound and scent envelop
Here, beneath branch and twig
And moonlight slanting
As the dogwood soft leaves
Give back a green glow
Into your face.
The cut grass scent
And the laughter from downstairs
Reminds you that spring,
So recently come
Is slipping so subtly
Towards June.

1 comment:

b said...

I am as jealous and selfish as can be;
wanting so much, but all for me
unwilling to move an inch

if I wasn't so covered
I would tell you that
when I push back the briars
you are the sweet berry
dappled by the sun

you are my deep heart

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.