Book publishers send me a fair number of review copies. I try to give them a quick turn-through when they arrive, but often I just toss them onto a pile that sits on the corner of my desk.
Then I really deal with them when the pile collapses into a heap on the floor.
Here’s one that arrived today from W.W. Norton.
What a great jacket photo. The book, “The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden, ” is by Stanley Kunitz with Genine Lentine.
Can you imagine living to age 100 and then writing a book about your century of living and gardening?
Here’s what he wrote for the frontispiece:
“I associate the garden with the whole experience of being alive,
and so, there is nothing in the range of human experience
that is separate from what the garden can signify
in its eagerness and its insistence,
and in its driving energy to live Ã¢â‚¬â€ to grow, to bear fruit.”
A wise man, indeed. For most of his life Kunitz split his time between New York City and Provincetown, Mass., one of my favorite spots to visit.
When I’m there, I always try to find time to wander through the back alleys and roadways in search of hidden gardens. Like many seaside spots with temperate breezes, Provincetown has lots of great gardens.
Kunitz, the author of more than a dozen books, died in May 2006.
Click “here”:http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Braid-Reflects-Century-Garden/dp/0393329976/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-1896929-7064107?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1175706844&sr=8-1 to see reviews of the book on Amazon.com.