Leaning toward Light
Caring for plants and green spaces, whether it's a home garden, community garden, or even a collection of houseplants, brings comfort and solace, along with great joy, to many. This rich anthology of poetry and inspiration celebrates that connection, reminding us how tending the earth is a healing practice, both for ourselves and the spaces we tend. Acclaimed poet and avid gardener Tess Taylor has brought together a diverse range of contemporary voices offering poems with wide appeal and illuminating insights into our connections to the earth—whether through planting or harvesting or cooking or simply being called into reflective joy. Featured poets include Ross Gay, Jericho Brown, Mark Doty, Jane Hirshfield, Ada Limón, Danusha Laméris, Naomi Shihab Nye, Garret Hongo, Ellen Bass, James Crews, and many others. Aimee Nezhukumatathil, best-selling author of World of Wonders, wrote the foreword. The poems celebrate a wide range of experience, ranging from the tomato plant on the fire escape and the asparagus in the front lot, to the expansive garden and farm. Select poems are paired with reflections and personal recipes from the authors. Featuring colorful, creative illustrations throughout, this themed anthology makes a distinctive gift for gardeners, plant lovers, and nature enthusiasts alike.