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  • Garden Hoe
  • Dana Wildsmith (bio)

It's not as sharp as it used to be. I hearfriends say the same of themselves, but Ibelieve that I've grown sharper through my yearsof gardening, at least in ways that Iconsider worthy. Now I notice wheremy herb beds migrate to, and feed the dirtaccordingly. I've learned if nothing's there,amend or move along. It never hurtsto sow for your own needs, plus more to share,I've also learned. And how a drought can lendyou time to think and plan. How rain repairsso quickly you forgive the wait. And whento be as blunt as my old chopping hoe,or when to plow loss under, let it go. [End Page 90]

Dana Wildsmith

Dana Wildsmith is the author of a novel, Jumping, and an environmental memoir, Back to Abnormal: Surviving With An Old Farm in the New South, which was Finalist for Georgia Author of the Year. She is also the author of five collections of poetry. Wildsmith has served as Artist-in-Residence for Grand Canyon National Park and will serve as Artist-in-Residence for Everglades National Park. She lives with her family on an old farm in north Georgia, and works as an English Literacy Instructor at Lanier Technical College. Her widely followed blog,, focuses on the life of a working writer.



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