The Chatto Book of Botanical Verse
By (author) Sarah Maguire
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Flora Poetica by Sarah Maguire
Book DescriptionThis beautiful anthology brings together over 250 poems about flowers, plants and trees from eight centuries of writing in English, creating a rich bouquet of intriguing juxtapositions. Fourteenth-century lyrics sit next to poems of the twenty-first century; celebrations of plants native to the English soil share the volume with more exotic plant poetry. There are thirty poems about roses, by poets as diverse as Shakespeare, Dorothy Parker and the South African, Seitlhamo Motsapi; but there are also sections devoted to more unusual plants such as the mandrake, the starapple and the tamarind. An ex-gardener, the celebrated poet Sarah Maguire brings her extensive horticultural knowledge to bear on all the poems, arranging them into botanical families, identifying the plants being written about and writing a fascinating introduction. Whether you are a poetry lover, a gardener, a botanist, or simply the purchaser of the occasional bunch of flowers, this unique anthology allows you to luxuriate amidst the world's flora.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780701169237
(216mm x 154mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sarah Maguire
Almost the Equinox, Paperback (August 2015)
Sarah Maguire's first collection, Spilt Milk, established her as one of the most original voices in British poetry, and led to her being chosen as one of the New Generation Poets. This book deals with her life and work.
My Voice, Paperback (June 2014)
Multilingual anthology celebrating ten years' work by Britain's Poetry Translation Centre, with original poems and translations from 27 languages.
Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear, Paperback (August 2007)
Farhad is a typical student, interested in wine, women and poetry, and negligent of the religious conservatism of his grandfather. But one night changes all that. This work talks about the fractured mind and emotions of a country caught between religion and the political machinations of the world's super powers.
Pomegranates of Kandahar, Paperback (June 2007)» View all books by Sarah Maguire
Presents a collection of poems, with the title poem lamenting the devastation visited upon Afghanistan following decades of war. This book includes a poem that considers the casualties of political unrest: would-be migrants in Tangiers gazing northwards at the longed-for phantasmagoria of 'Europe'; and other intimate poems too.
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Author Biography - Sarah Maguire
Sarah Maguire's three volumes of poetry, Spilt Milk, The Invisible Mender and The Florist's at Midnight, have brought her much acclaim. Formerly poet in residence at the Chelsea Physic Garden, she is currently the Writing Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is much in demand at readings and festivals and frequently broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and 4.
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