Anne Stevenson: Winter Time

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Winter Time is a slim booklet of twenty-four pages containing twelve new poems by Stevenson written during the year since her previous publication, The Fiction-Makers, 1985. The twelve poems are mostly meditations, or descriptions, arising out of images of winter, defined as the time between putting the clocks back at the end of October and forward in March. The poems are full of a detailed awareness of the brilliance, colour and variety of nature, particularly wildflowers, in winter: such as the “fireweed” in “Observations; the “bright haws” and “bare snowberries” in “Slow Train to Carlisle”; and the “goatsbeard”, “rose bay willow herb” and “red campion” in “Naming the Flowers”.

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Gordon, Ian. "Winter Time". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 April 2011
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]