Readings — From the May 2017 issue

Into the Woods

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From descriptions of trees that Henry David Thoreau noted in his journals. The journal entries are included in Thoreau and the Language of Trees, by Richard Higgins, which was published last month by the University of California Press.

A vast Corinthian column

A great green feather stuck in the ground

A harp upon which the wind makes music

A host that marches to victory over the earth

A traveler bending to the storm

A distant relation

Old citizen of the town

Handsome and cool and bosky

An athlete that shows its well-developed muscles

A fair, flaxen-haired sister with golden ringlets

A maiden that has taken the veil

A match found for me at last

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