This beautiful poetry anthology offers a warm, inviting selection of poems from a wide range of voices that speak to the collective urge to grow, tend, and heal—an evocative celebration of our connection to the green world.

Product Code: 9272
ISBN: 9781635865806
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Storey
Pages: 200
Published Date: 08/29/2023
Availability:In stock
Price: $22.00

Much like reading a good poem, caring for plants brings comfort, solace, and joy to many. In this new poetry anthology, Leaning toward Light, acclaimed poet and avid gardener Tess Taylor brings together a diverse range of contemporary voices to offer poems that celebrate that joyful connection to the natural world. Several of the most well-known contemporary writers, as well as some of poetry’s exciting rising stars, contribute to this collection including Ross Gay, Jericho Brown, Mark Doty, Jane Hirshfield, Ada Limón, Danusha Laméris, Naomi Shihab Nye, Garrett Hongo, Ellen Bass, and James Crews. A foreword by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, reflective pauses and personal recipes from some of the contributing poets, along with original, whimsical illustrations by Melissa Castrillon, and a ribbon bookmark complete this stunning, hardcover gift format.

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Foreword: The Whole World, a Garden / Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Gardening in Public / Tess Taylor
A Small Needful Fact / Ross Gay

Planting & Sprouting
Becoming New & New Becoming / Ashley M. Jones
FROM Prayers and Saying of the Mad Farmer / Wendell Berry
Photosynthesis / Ashley M. Jones
Greenbriar Lane / Diana Marie Delgado
Gardening / Cole Swensen
Three Sunflower Seeds / Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
Spring (a conversation) / Aime Nezhukumatathil
Planting Inkberry Hollies During the Pandemic / Lauren Moseley
Trapeze / Elise Paschen
What Regenerates in a Household / Laura Villareal
Earth Cleopatra Mathis
Autumn Blooming Cherry / Andy Eaton
Foreday in the Morning / Jericho Brown

Weeding & Wilding
In Praise of Strong Seedlings / Jane Hirshfield
Weed / Lia Purpura
Stained Glass / Jack Johnson
Deep Lane / Mark Doty
FROM Tending / Jenny Xie
Golden Poppy / Dana Levin
Considering the Snail / Thom Gunn
Feeding the Worms / Danusha Laméris
Spring Planting / Victoria Chang
The Contract / Jane Hirshfield
Now the Artichokes / Tess Taylor
Thistle / Maw Shein Win
Fennel / Thom Gunn
Dear Damselfly / Brynn Saito

Growing & Tending
Tendrils of Life & Community / Ann Fisher-Wirth
Trying / Ada Limón
FROM Separation Anxiety / Janice Lee
Haecceitas / Ann Fisher - Wirth
Palm Sunday / Mariana Goycoechea
Photosynthesis: (Chinaka Hodge Hosts a Block Party) / Alan Chazaro
Mara Mara, Garden Child / Claudia Monpere
Song of the Gourd / C.D. Wright
Gift / Czesław Miłosz
Poem Beginning with a Line from Wordsworth / Brian Simoneau
In the Dark / Cynthia Roth
Closing In / Jason Myers
Touch Me / Stanley Kunitz

Being & Waiting
Reaching Part The Human / Brenda Hillman
Levitation / Robert Hass
Love Poem with Horticulture and Anxiety / Stephanie Burt
Loveliest of Trees / A. E. Housman
Mississippi Invocation / Ann Fisher-Wirth
Quickening / Jacueline Kolosov
All else is Pale echo, dear / Chiyuma Elliott
FROM Just Tell Them No / Forrest Gander
To the Grackle / Kirun Kapur
Oasis / Arthur Sze
Pocket Garden in the City / David Baker
The Practice of Talking to Plants / Brenda Hillman
Insects with Long Childhoods / Hannah Fries
Gardeners’ World, or What I Did During the Plague / Cynthia White

Grieving & Release
Grief & Sustenance / Danusha Laméris
Working in the Garden, I Think of My Son / Danusha Laméris
After Her Funeral, I Became an Environmentalist / Ilya Kaminsky
After All / Anna V. Q. Ross
Invasive / Ada Limón
Metaphor of America as This Homegrown Painted Lady Chrysalis / Camille T. Dungy
Palestine Vine / Naomi Shihab Nye
The Tulips of Teharan / Sholeh Wolpé
Unending / Susan Nguyen
Aloe / Mary Jo Salter
My Mother Is a Garden / Ruben Quesada
FROM Song of Myself / Walt Whitman
Laurelhurst / David Biespiel

Harvest & Feeding
Of Food & Physical Hours / Ellen Bass
Apricot / Deborah Slicer
Speed and Perfection / Jane Hirshfield
Black Cherries / W. S. Merwin
More / James Crews
Abundant Blessings / James Crews
Ode to the First Peach / Ellen Bass
Fruit / Katie Peterson
After the Farmers Market, I Make a Salade Niçoise / Keetj Kuipers
Sous-Chef / Ellen Bass
Interview with the Pear Tree / Genine Lentine
August / Federico García Lorca
To Autumn / John Keats
Green Tomatoes in Fire Season / Tess Taylor
Cutting greens / Lucille Clifton
Who Among You Knows the Essence of Garlic? / Garrett Hongo
Tasting Home / Garrett Hongo
Garlic / Matt Rader
Carrot / Leah Naomi Green
Turnip Ode / Tess Taylor

Wintering & Turning Again
Holding The Season in Our Hands in January / Gill O’Neil
Mind Is Snow / Patty Crane
Season Due / Rosanna Warren
In the Community Garden / Mark Doty
Daffodils / Michelle Gillett
Sunday / Patty Crane
November, Remembering Voltaire / Jane Hirshfield
On the Twelfth of March / Cleopatra Mathis
Wild Oregano / January Gill O’neil The Garden / Sophie Cabot Black
Moon Garden / Derek Sheffield
To Every Thing There Is a Season
Ghost Eden / Erika Meitner
Olives / Virgil
About the Author
On the Grasshopper and Cricket / John Keats

“Leaning toward the Light is an exceptionally pretty poetry collection.” -The Washington Post

“A rich and varied collection.” -The Boston Globe

“After a summer rife with extreme weather events … readers could use a reminder that a more caring relationship with Earth is possible. They will find it in Leaning toward Light.” -Poets & Writers

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