In mild-winter areas, sow seeds of spring-blooming natives such as baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii), California poppies, Chinese houses (Collinsia heterophylla), farewell-to-spring (Clarkia amoena), and owl's clover
just as fall rains start.
While you can get a gin and tonic anywhere, there's only one place you can get an Owl's Clover
, with Cocchi Americano, Fernet Branca, lemon, honey and lavender bitters.
, a series of which "Sombre Figuration" is the last poem, is an important but poetically failed experiment, a judgment Stevens himself confirmed by excluding it from his Collected Poems.
At the heart of Filreis's argument, which emphasizes Stevens's increasing, and increasingly creative awareness of the radical left, are the long poems 'Owl's Clover
' and 'The Man with the Blue Guitar', in which the poet seems to grant the rhetoric and matter of the 1930s left some measure of admittance to the world of the poetry.
Bishop didn't much admire other poets' attempts (she criticized Louis MacNeice's "shortsighted and, I think, ignorant views" [OA, 73]), but she did admire Owl's Clover
, Wallace Stevens's sequence of poems about the role of poetic and political power in a time of economic depression.
Wants: Geum triflorum (prairie smoke), Orthocarpus purpurascens (owl's clover
), Chasmanthium latifolium, Penstemon alpinus, wild leek (ramp)
In Owl's Clover
Stevens defined for his poetry a political middle ground between modernism and Marxism.
The books he published during the Depression--Ideas of Order (1935), Owl's Clover
(1936), and The Man with the Blue Guitar and Other Poems (1937)--were criticized by many reviewers for their apparent indifference to the distress of millions of people.
Lupine, California poppies, and purple owl's clover
Galvin Pkwy.; www.dbg.org or 480/941-1225) is a great in-town spot to see owl's clover
, desert lupine, and other blossoms.
Matthews enthusiastically names the flowers bursting forth: "There's white forget-me-nots and shooting stars, milkmaids, buttercups, owl's clover
, and popcorn flower."
The sun is high and warm, and the air is filled with the faint perfume of blue lupine and purple owl's clover
pushing up among the poppies.