Today's poem is "Parsnips"
from Bartram's Garden

Carnegie Mellon University Press

Eleanor Stanford is the author of The Book of Sleep (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2008) and a memoir, História, História: Two Years in the Cape Verde Islands (2013). She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and three sons.

Other poems by Eleanor Stanford in Verse Daily:
April 2, 2008:   "The Book of Sleep" "In the kitchen, you lay down your crowbar..."

Books by Eleanor Stanford:

Other poems on the web by Eleanor Stanford:
Two poems
"Solitary Sandpiper (Totanus solitarius)"
Three poems
"Solitary Sandpiper (Totanus solitarius)"

Eleanor Stanford's website.

About Bartram's Garden:

"All live wonders of the world—humans, plants and animals—are citizens of meaning in these poems. Each poem is a tesseract which reveals the intimate connections between things seemingly at great distance in time and place."
—Kazim Ali

"Sometimes we hurry to grow up too soon, Rilke suggests in the Duino Elegies, and so we may find ourselves suddenly exiled from childhood as from a place we've called 'garden' and have forever lost. Yet such a garden...might still exist if only we could perfect a language to intuit it. Eleanor Stanford...gives us that language, by turns synesthetic and elliptical, utterly transportive, reacquainting us with the deep mystery of our lives lived in the womb of the world, attuning us to its sweetnesses as well as its astringencies and to our great arduous task of finding one within the other."
—Gregory Djanikian

"Flora, fauna, the wild and the domestic, these poems sing gorgeously 'with their glowing throats / and feathered tongues.'"
—Moira Egan

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