Poetry. Califotnia Interest. Molly Vogel's first collection of poems, FLORILEGIUM, is an exploration of life written in "the language of flowers." The poems regard flowers as both symbols and means of communication; in a broader sense, they deem the natural world essential to our understanding of words, ourselves, and the divine. Like Coleridge's rook in "This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison," the flower is a sign that connects those disparately placed, both geographically and emotionally. FLORILEGIUM finds its blooms in Scotland as well as California; in free verse as well as stricter form; in books as well as dreams; on streets and at shrines as well as in wild gardens. Fittingly, the poems are varied and vividly colourful, inviting and surprising. They precede a long-form glossary, a meditation growing out from the poems' words but also from the entire history of literature and thought around flowers. Though intertwined with the poems, the glossary is a collection in itself: in equal parts literary criticism, philosophical treatise, and prose poem.
Molly Vogel is a poet from Thousand Oaks, California. She moved to Glasgow, Scotland, in 2011 to pursue a doctorate. A selection of her poems featured in New Poetries VI (Carcanet, 2015). She was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize in 2014 and received a New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust in 2016.Author City: GLASGOW SCO