Josh Booton is the author of The Union of Geometry & Ash (Bear Star Press, 2013). He is the recipient of the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize and the Keene Prize in Literature, as well as three grants from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Missouri Review, Poetry Northwest, 32 Poems, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Raleigh Review, Iron Horse and elsewhere. He works as a pediatric speech therapist in Portland, OR.
When I’m working in the garden in the heat of August, ripping out the plants that failed to thrive, I think of my grandmother under her straw hat, her small trowel in her hand and a red bandana knotted at her throat. She was partial to shade-lovers—hostas, creeping Jenny, and coral bells… Read more