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~~
 
 
 
 
FOR  ELIZABETH   ROBINSON

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

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

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

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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