The Present State of the Garden
My new collection is a memoir in poetry, telling the story of three intertwined losses: childhood, a marriage, and Edenic Florida. Available from Lynx House Press July 2021.
"Set in the bright, fragrant air of the Florida landscape, The Present State of the Garden brims with the chaos and sweetness of living, maneuvering the ins and outs of love and loss in all their manifestations. Like lush, strange flowers, these poems offer us a voice at the height of its poetic powers – provocative, mysterious and exquisitely alive."
—Silvia Curbelo, author of Falling Landscape
"In this superb new collection, Heather Sellers performs the age-old alchemy that turns sorrow into beauty. The poems are suffused with loss—the tragedy of an unsafe childhood, the dissolution of a marriage, the destruction of a verdant earthly paradise—and yet from the seeds of such loss, the book itself becomes a garden, a vibrant imaginative space where the whole range of human emotions can flourish and find expression. In poems that are both vulnerable and fearless, Sellers reminds us of poetry’s redemptive power. The Present State of the Garden is a brilliant, unsettling, magical book."
—John Brehm, author of No Day at the Beach
"In The Present State of the Garden, Heather Sellers contemplates loss in all its many forms—the loss of love, the deaths of a parent and friends, the loss of youth. However, the through thread is the natural world—its beauty and impending destruction. In these elegant and elegiac poems, Sellers weaves an enchantment that is almost religious in its embrace. She prays, she laments, she praises, and she observes the smallest details—an overgrown garden, a moth’s wings, Queen Anne’s lace growing wild. This book is a feast for the senses, a garden of earthly delights."
—Barbara Hamby, author of Holoholo
Field Notes from the Flood Zone
Coming from BOA Spring 2022.