“It’s a collection of work directly inspired by its setting,” says editor Lowell Mick White. “The workshop participants were meeting in a beautiful garden right on the edge of the bay, and what they experienced there, of course, found its way into their poems.”
Featured poets include Dorothy Barnett, Linda Caplin, Linda Dane, Graciela Fleming, Gina Harlow, Julie J. Johnson-Jones, Diane Kramer, Kathryn Lane, Barbara Williams Lewis, Bob Lindsey, Jay Minton, Aubrey Parker, Sophie Rousmaniere, Hazel Ward, and Janie Waghorne—the Janie of Janie’s Garden.
The workshop was led by Lee Meitzen Grue, who writes of the setting, “Surrounded by water, this is rich earth for growing flowers and is a fitting tribute. The garden has become a comfortable work of art like a painting you love and live with for a long time.”
“A poem about gardens is more than a book about gardens,” says Diane Wilson in the book’s introduction. “It’s a poem about the state of one’s soul and the poems in Janie’s Garden book are good indicators of the authors’ souls. At least I think so, but don’t sue me.”
Introduction by Diane Wilson
Edited by Lowell Mick White