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We can’t always promise you bouquets of flowers, but we can promise you bouquets of poems about flowers. Of course, in the world of poetry, a flower is never just a flower. As Grace Hazard Conkling writes, “It is because I am afraid of my heart / That I write about clouds and flowers…”

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Here are seven of our favorites, picked fresh for you just in time for National Poetry Month:

“Dairy Written on Peony Petals,” Grace Hazard Conkling

“[to make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,]” Emily Dickinson

“Extreme Wisteria,” Lucie Brock-Broido

“Flowers,” John Tranter

“On Flower Wreath Hill,” Kenneth Rexroth

“Flower of Five Blossoms,” Galway Kinnell

“Of Asphodel,” William Carlos Williams

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Poetry Foundation
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Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Poetry Foundation
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Poetry Foundation
The American Poetry Review, Vol. 5, No. 4 (July/August 1976), pp. 3-4
American Poetry Review
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American Poetry Review
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Kenyon College