Cover image (K 207) courtesy of the Gertrude Bell archive, Newcastle University.
Release date: July 1, 2014 [125 copies]
A.V. Christie was the author of Nine Skies, which won the National Poetry Series, and The Housing, winner of the McGovern Prize. Her poems appeared in Poetry, Commonweal, The Iowa Review, Crazyhorse and Ploughshares, among other journals. Christie received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Maryland and Pennsylvania State Arts Council and was visiting writer at Villanova and LaSalle Universities, at Bryn Mawr and Goucher Colleges, and Penn State Abington and at the University of Maryland. She taught private workshops and was Associate Director at the Chester County Art Association. She died in April, 2016.
The gardens recede, the dampened roots–
swift falcon past pear and olive,
the processional roads
and grandest phases.
Something exists to the north,
prosaic and with difficulty.
The grapes buttressed
in the plans of Babylon.
A garden of two springs
for the shedding of blossom.
Unlikely, and the downward
force of all those roots.
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