Harriet Tarlo: Cut Flowers

Author’s note:
Sometime in 2016 I found a form and started writing cut flowers. All kinds of  materials found a place to go that might allow, to some extent, for the contradictory nature of life and language, their depth and shallowness. Nothing is ever new. I was inspired by Rachel Blau DuPlessis’ work and the first book of cut flowers to come out with Guillemot Press in 2021 is dedicated to her. I’d like to thank Kym Martindale for numbers 3, 4 and 6. Nos 2 and 11 respond to a visit to Iasi, Romania in March 2020. I expect to carry on writing these, to borrow from DuPlessis, writing a short poem forever.


To Read: Cut Flowers


Harriet Tarlo is a poet and academic. Her poetry appears in numerous journals/zines/anthologies and four volumes by Shearsman Books. Her four artists’ books with Judith Tucker are published by Wild Pansy Press. She edited The Ground Aslant: An Anthology of Radical Landscape Poetry (2011) and special features on ecopoetics for How2 and Plumwood Mountain. Critical work is published in books and journals such as Jacket, Critical Survey; Classical Review, and the Journal of Ecocriticism. She is Reader in Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University, U.K.




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