Decoding Samara by Patrick Deeley

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Patrick Deeley's fourth poetry collection uses the imagery of trees to explore human emotions. The poems move from mythology -- the Dryads of the woods, the local legends -- to a suburban landscape where the memories of trees and the presence of timber create an unsettling effect, imaging that of the human struggle to make sense of our environment. The title signifies coming to understand the relationship with our environment, samara being the one-seeded fruit, with a wing, of some trees.

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Published November 1, 2000 by Dedalus Pr. 64 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Here, hazelnuts that offer clear visions of the future, ash trees that heal after each blow of the woodsman’s ax, and yew and apple trees that shade the graves of fallen lovers “twining and fusing in an apotheosis of the love act” are not such strange occurrences.

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