Saturday, 16 October 2010

Cultivating (Preserving) by Scott Edward Anderson

Dwelling as preserving
is cultivating.
Dwelling means knowing
what inhabits a place
and understanding that
which belongs to a place.

We cultivate what grows,
while building things
that don’t grow.
We seek the organic
in our own creations,
which are inorganic.

Imposing our will
on the landscape,
we can remove either
that which promotes capacity
or that which prevents capacity.

We are tenders of the garden,
we tend what needs tending
(heart or "langscape")
What we save remains—


Crafty Green Poet said...

Scott Edward Anderson has been a Concordia Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts, and received both the Nebraska Review Award and the Aldrich Emerging Poets Award. His work has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, Anon, The Cortland Review, Cross Connect, Earth’s Daughters, Isotope, Many Mountains Moving, Nebraska Review, River Oak Review, Slant and Terrain, among other publications. His poetry can also be found at,, and he tweets as @greenskeptic

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