Shakespearean Garden

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What inspired “Shakespearean Garden”?

One phase of my evolution as a poet consisted of my work on ‘list’ poems, which were poems consisting of the items themselves and nothing else, for example the names of Indians who fought at Little Big Horn or the names of Rebel officers who fought at Gettysburg during the Civil War. The items in the list poems all possessed a poetic integrity; they were poems unto themselves. “Shakespearean Garden” is made up of the names of flowers and plants that Shakespeare used in his plays.

This poem “Shakespearean Garden” originally appeared in Transcreations. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 135 (Winter 1992): 79-79.

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