bush violet


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Noun1.bush violet - any of several herbs of the genus Browallia cultivated for their blue or violet or white flowers
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Browallia - small genus of tropical South American annuals
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In two connecting sonnets titled "A Bunch of Bush Violets" (undated but dedicated 'To You who thought of me in absence') the poet engages directly with the non-perfumed reputation of the 'bush violet' and uses it to tell a story which might be read as a coded narrative of lesbian desire.
Conversely, when the lover gathers violets in 'A Bunch of Bush Violets,' it is the 'I' of the poem who bends over their perfumed 'breath.' In the sonnet quoted at the beginning of this article, the speaking subject becomes the violets she desires to place on her lover's breast in a fantasy of erotic exchange: 'Better their fragrance float about your hair,/Your heart-beats pulse their sweetness to the air/That breathed again gives aromatic rest.' The movement of that poem suggests the process of love-making, culminating in the flower's 'swoon to a luxurious death' reminiscent of la petite mort, 'the little death' of sexual climax.
ALTHOUGH the Bush Violet (Browallia speciosa), which comes from tropical South America, is a perennial, in this country it is normally treated as an annual for flowering indoors during the winter, or outside as a half-hardy bedding or container plant in the summer.