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by Cole Swensen
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These poems are about gardens, particularly the seventeenth-century French baroque gardens designed by the father of the form, Andr�e Le N�otre. While the poems focus on such examples as Versailles, which Le N�otre created for Louis XIV, they also explore the garden as metaphor. Using the imagery of the garden, Cole Swensen considers everything from human society to the formal structure of poetry. She looks in particular at the concept of public versus private property, asking who actually owns a garden? A gentle irony accompanies the question because in French, the phrase "le n�otre" means "ours.
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