from The Shrubberies [“quincunx of succulents”]

By Ronald Johnson 1935–1998 Ronald Johnson
quincunx of succulents
subtle colors and forms
succinct in dust

appropriate the pot
assigned, set each
for spill into Other

always my core dream
winding a garden
secret in every sense

Ronald Johnson, “quincunx of succulents,” from The Shrubberies, published in 2001 by Flood Editions. Reprinted by permission of the Literary Estate of Ronald Johnson.

Source: The Shrubberies (Flood Editions, 2001)

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Poet Ronald Johnson 1935–1998

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Nature, Gardening, Activities

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Ronald Johnson was a Kansas native who lived most of his adult life in San Francisco. He told Contemporary Authors: "I have spent the last twenty years writing a long poem titled ARK, which was completed in 1991. The work consists of three books, each of thirty-three sections: titled The Foundations, The Spires, and The Ramparts. Rather than being based on literary sources (as the early The Book of the Green Man was based on . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Gardening, Activities

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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