Poetry. California Interest. Women's Studies. An experimental poem sequence inspired by a famous garden now in ruin. In VIGILANCE IS NO ORCHARD, Hazel White records her haunting romance with the Valentine Garden, created by landscape architect Isabelle Greene in the foothills of Santa Barbara, California. Jealous of its maker's power to affect a dynamic experience of space, White tries to make language play faithfully in the game coursing between the body and Greene's fiercely stirring landscape. Both the poems and the constructed landscape they describe are complex and explorative, never simplified. Instead their interests are survival, forage and repair, the act of making, accumulation and overflow that results in flowering and eventually gives way to loss.
Hazel White is the author of the poetry collection PERIL AS ARCHITECTURAL ENRICHMENT. She grew up on farms in England and now lives in San Francisco.Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA