The Art of Botanical Prose

Jonathan Damery, Associate Editor of Arnoldia, Arnold Arboretum

1 Session: Tuesday, June 25, 7:00–8:15pm
Location: Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum

All writers must contend with translation. A poet translates the movement of a dancing figure into a brief couplet, and an essayist translates the noise and commotion of the city where she lives into a single paragraph. The three-dimensional world filters into text, and when done especially well—the realm of literature and art—readers often forget that translation has even occurred. In this talk, Jonathan Damery, the associate editor for Arnoldia, will provide a readerly tour through horticultural and botanical reference books, encouraging readers to see the artistic endeavor within even the most exhaustive of botanical descriptions. Fee $5 member, $10 nonmember

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

Screen grab from video of GennaRose Nethercott's poetry-for-strangers business

She Writes Poems to Order By Pondside

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Four Jamaica Pond Poets to Read on Shared Themes

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