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Friday, May 14, 2010

Poetry Friday--The Apple Trees at Olema


The Apple Trees at Olema: New and Selected Poems by Robert Hass [811.54 HAS] is the title of the latest collection by the poet. The book was published in March of this year and has garnered some nice reviews including one in The Harvard Crimson which tells us, "His careful observations of the world around him show a mind aiming to portray the most beautiful aspects of life."

I much prefer reading about the beautiful, don't you?

The title poem, "The Apple Trees at Olema," is particularly relevant at this time of year. Here in New Hampshire, apple orchards have been part of the landscape for decades, and if you walk through the woods, you might come across "old neglected" trees on land that once was part of a farm.
The Apple Trees at Olema

They are walking in the woods along the coast
and in a grassy meadow, wasting, they come upon
two old neglected apple trees. Moss thickened
every bough and the wood of the limbs looked rotten
but the trees were wild with blossom and a green fire
of small new leaves flickered even on the deadest branches.
Blue-eyes, poppies, a scattering of lupine
flecked the meadow, and an intricate, leopard-spotted
leaf-green flower whose name they didn't know.
Read the rest here, or borrow the book from the Library.

[Point of information: Olema is a small town on the Point Reyes peninsula in California.]

This week's Poetry Friday Round-Up is hosted by Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup. Jama is famous for her gustatory posts!

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