Summer Garden

By Brenda Hillman b. 1951 Brenda Hillman
~~ & thus you entered
a forest of solitudes
where in this great
sense your life had
been pursued, till like
a shadow breaking off
a rising body, a
need hovered & grew.
Some lined feature of
another fate strives to
be met, sits low
& upright. Those qualities
which had been energy
or grace past pain
wove from the nerves
a nest or instinct.
Your calms are interesting.
Write to us during
this terrible government. A
universe coughs blue &
draws a twiceness from
the mitred now, while
your garden hand spells
the inexhaustible forms~~

Brenda Hillman, “Summer Garden” from Pieces of Air in the Epic. Copyright © 2005 by Brenda Hillman. Reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press.

Source: Pieces of Air in the Epic (Wesleyan University Press, 2005)

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Poet Brenda Hillman b. 1951


Subjects Activities, Gardening, Nature, Summer, Social Commentaries, History & Politics

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One of contemporary poetry’s most eclectic and formally innovative writers, Brenda Hillman is known for poems that draw on elements of found texts and document, personal meditation, observation, and literary theory. Often described as “sensuous” and “luminescent,” Hillman’s poetry investigates and pushes at the possibilities of form and voice, while remaining grounded in topics such as geology, the environment, politics, family, . . .

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