“It’s like having my own English Garden. The city of Boston gave the Arboretum to Harvard for a dollar. I spent three years just working and coming up here. I try to write all the poems about this place that I can.”
"I'm scared that I'm going to forget places," poet James Stotts explained in an interview with Clarion magazine. "I see something in a place I've never been, and I feel like I should start putting it away. Poetry is a way you can remember things."
The five poems in this sheaf developed during and after walks the author took with his young son Jackson through the grounds of Arnold Arboreteum in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. They are printed on unbound sheets, formatted to resemble telegram notices. The sheets are enclosed in an envelope which should be considered an integral part of the chapbook.
“NO SOUND BUT THE ARGUMENT OF THE SEASONS/ IN THE FREEZING RAIN”
// from the second poem