WELCOME TO ISSUE 57: THE FLORA CHALLENGE

Holly Jensen

Welcome to the Flora Challenge, Issue 57! Issue 57 is a garden of poetry, with 40 ghazals inspired by cultivars and wild shoots alike. As a bonus, we’re also proud to share with you Mary Cresswell’s review of Andy Jackson’s Immune Systems.

Roses and gardens have deep roots in the ghazal tradition, and while our poets honor those motifs, they also branch out into all corners of the flora kingdom—you’ll find weeds, seeds, kelp, poison sumac, Monet’s haystacks, crabapple jelly, night woods and deep forests, monuments to mortalitybackyard tomatoes, mangrovesdownpours, tree ringsthe churning of seasons, and climate change within these pages. 

Each season’s passing echoes the song of our own lives. Love blossoms, then withers, only to return with the thaw. The poets of Issue 57 understand this well. We invite you to stroll through our garden of poetic delights!

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