A musical celebration of the garden, from chaff to grass, and all of its lowly weeds, herbs, and creatures

Available November 2, 2021

Garden Physic

Poetry by Sylvia Legris

  • With illustrations, photographs, and maps

Sylvia Legris’s Garden Physic is a paean to the pleasures and delights of one of the world’s most cherished pastimes: Gardening!

“At the center of the garden the heart,” she writes, “Red as any rose. Pulsing / balloon vine. Love in a puff.” As if composed out of a botanical glossolalia of her own invention, Legris’s poems map the garden as body and the body as garden—her words at home in the phytological and anatomical—like birds in a nest. From an imagined love-letter exchange on plants between garden designer Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson to a painting by Agnes Martin to the medicinal discourse of the first-century Greek pharmacologist Pedanius Dioscorides, Garden Physic engages with the anaphrodisiacs of language with a compressed vitality reminiscent of Louis Zukofsky’s “80 Flowers.” In muskeg and yard, her study of nature bursts forth with rainworm, whorl of horsetail, and fern radiation—spring beauty in the lines, a healing potion in verse.

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Paperback (published November 2, 2021)

ISBN
9780811229906
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
112

Ebook

ISBN
9780811229913

Sylvia Legris

Canadian poet