Self Portrait as a Meadow

By Linda Norton Linda Norton
There is a chair
the heart of which
is wooden
split five ways
and grass pressed flat
where we kissed
where others later kissed
on the same mattress
and solemn nothing
happening under a canopy—
 
Have you forgotten me?
 
I will go down wonderfully
as was told in proverbs
though for a long time I thought
I should not go.
 
Here are things that have
no Latin names
or none
that men would know.

Linda Norton, “Self Portrait as a Meadow” from The Public Gardens, published by Pressed Wafer. Copyright © 2011 by Linda Norton. Reprinted by permission of Linda Norton.

Source: The Public Gardens (Pressed Wafer, 2011)

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Poet Linda Norton

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Subjects Love, Romantic Love, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Poet, writer, and collage artist Linda Norton was raised in Boston and educated at Holy Cross and the University of California at Berkeley.
 
Formally inventive, layering documentary with lyric, Norton merges genres to get at the crossings of her life and to trace the imprint of searching, finding, mourning, raising, and doubling back. Addressing the connection between personal and public histories in The Public Gardens in a . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Romantic Love, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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