The garden, she says, is full of promise.She says that every spring.
Full of her kiwi, nuts, and cheese, I wander throughher love for growing things:
bleeding hearts waiting to be shaken,dogwoods’ dreaming tongues
starred by the first few drops,fists of purple iris. [End Page 261]
Joy Ladin is the author of six books of poetry, including The Definition of Joy, Transmigration, and Coming to Life, a Forward Fives award winner. Her memoir, Through the Door of Life, was a 2012 National Jewish Book Award finalist. Her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, and Parnassus: Poetry in Review. She has been recognized with a Fulbright scholarship and holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Stern College of Yeshiva University.