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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

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.

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