Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Magnitude of the Magnolia

I love flowers for their treachery their fragile bodies grace my imagination’s avenues without their presence my mind would be an unmarked grave. –from The Spring Flowers Own by Etel Adnan May, my favorite month, the month of ambrosial blossoms—jasmine, … Continue reading

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What is the Grass?

What is the grass?  A child asks Whitman that question in “Song of Myself,” the best-known poem in Leaves of Grass.  At first, he says he doesn’t know, but, being Whitman, soon takes up the metaphorical challenge.  He offers a … Continue reading

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