Leaning toward Light

Poems for Gardens & the Hands That Tend Them
by Tess Taylor, Aimee Nezhukumatathil

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This beautiful poetry anthology offers a warm, inviting selection of poems from a wide range of voices that speak to the collective urge to grow, tend, and heal—an evocative celebration of our connection to the green world.

Much like reading a good poem, caring for plants brings comfort, solace, and...
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Published By Storey Publishing, LLC

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 200

Publication Date 08/29/2023

ISBN 9781635865806

Dimensions 6.25 inches x 8.25 inches

Leaning toward the Light is an exceptionally pretty poetry collection.”

— The Washington Post

“A rich and varied collection.”

— The Boston Globe

“After a summer rife with extreme weather events … readers could use a reminder that a more caring relationship with Earth is possible. They will find it in Leaning toward Light.”

— Poets & Writers

“This collection brings together many of my favorite writers to celebrate the limitless offerings of nature; wandering through its pages feels like taking a long stroll through a beautiful garden.”

— Alice Waters, chef, author, food activist, and founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard Project

“Among the many things to love about this beautiful anthology is that it reminds us that gardening  is a gathering practice, a practice of gathering, and the more we do it together—with collaborators human, critterly, fungal, floral, meteorological, cosmic, unborn, living, living now as soil, etc.—the better, by which I mean the more lovingly, the more belovingly, the more truly, we do it.”

— Ross Gay, author of Inciting Joy and The Book of Delights

“It’s thrilling to see in these pages a reflection of the world I want to live in.”

— Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of the New York Times bestseller World of Wonders, from the foreword

“As Aimee Nezhukamatathil reminds us in the delightful and informative foreword to this bountiful collection, the word anthology means a gathering of flowers. How perfect is this bouquet! Diverse and delightful. At turns, tender and tough. I'm sure I'll be reading the poems gathered in this anthology for years to come.”

— Camille T. Dungy, author of Soil: The Story of a Black Mother's Garden

“Leaning toward Light” is both a loving tribute to the natural world and a recognition of the profound need for the human spirit to be connected to the gardens of the world if we are to thrive. The artwork and recipes makes this gathering of poems even more delicious.”

— Florencia Ramirez, author of Eat Less Water: The Solution to Worldwide Water Shortages is in our Kitchens

“I’m reminded that in 1629 John Parkinson wrote an herbal, or plant compendium, entitled  “In Sole, Paradisus Terrestris: “a sunny garden of earthly pleasures.” What an apt phrase for Taylor’s fruitful, rich, and earthy book.”

— Peter J. Hatch, Gardener, Historian, Emeritus Director of Gardens and Grounds, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

“A gorgeous book in both content and as an artful object, this collection of garden poems is a necessary addition to any cultivator’s library.” 

— Orion Magazine