Poetry. THE HUMMINGBIRD'S TONGUE takes the reader on a journey into the realm of the senses—to the tickle of a tree frog landing serendipitously in the palm, the tang of rosehips on the tongue, or the iridescent flicker of a dragonfly's wings. In these finely detailed poems, Graham has transformed her understanding of the complexities of biological processes into love songs for the earth—for plants and animals, rivers and mountains, light and stones. A minimalist aesthetic combines with scientific accuracy to bring the reader into sensuous contact with the natural world.
Vicki Graham is the author of three previous collections of poetry: Alembic (finalist for the Minnesota Book Award), THE TENDERNESS OF BEES, and THE HUMMINGBIRD'S TONGUE. She has been writer in residence at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest and writer/witness of clear cutting at Shotpouch Creek, both through Oregon State University's Spring Creek Project. Professor of English and Environmental Studies at the University of Minnesota for many years, she now lives on a wild and scenic river on the southern coast of Oregon.