April 7: Touch-Me-Nots by Jill Bialosky

Jill Bialosky’s Intruder is a volume which stretches our understanding of the creative process and the mind behind it, as in “Touch-Me-Nots,” given below.

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She brought a little of the country into the city
in the pots of impatiens she had planted.
The petals white, pure, the opposite of color.
She had transferred the impatiens from the garden,
digging her hands into soil two parts fibrous loam,
one part leaf mold and peat moss and pushing
the roots into the earth. Despite the quality
of the soil—its rich decomposition of life—
still they would not last. The plants were hardy
and tender, with thick stems and dark green leaves,
the seedpods inside waiting to release, the air
awash in pollen. She looked into the flower
as into a pair of beckoning eyes offering
sustenance independent of a body, free floating
and regenerative and wholly belonging
to what was impossible ever to touch.

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Meet Jill Bialosky at the Los Angeles Times Book Festival on April 25.