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The Herb Garden
Guernica Editions, Spring 2018
82 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771832755
ISBN10: 1771832754
$20.00 Canada, $20.00 US

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Bartholomew the Englishman was a 13th century Franciscan friar and scholar whose only surviving work, De proprietatibus rerum (The Properties of Things), was intended as an encyclopaedia of the world. The Herb Garden is an imaginary representation of what his herbarium might have looked like. The dialect of the collection is a mix of middle and modern English, a verbal florilegium meant to explore the exuberant richness of the English language that much of contemporary poetry has scanted or forgotten. The collection is also conceived as a kind of “sapiential book,” a form of counsel literature or life manual with an emphasis on everyday practice and the poet's craft.
I have imbibed the art of sweet cultivation / equally of herbs and the mind. / And thus is the darkness of the time dispelled / by the light of scholarship / and the lamps that are lit in the depths.

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