Changing Seasons and Changing Names

The last geometries of winter:



And the brilliant flowers of spring. First the dogtooth violet (obvious how it got its canine name):


And then, when it’s open, it becomes a glacier lily (it really is a lily, and not a violet):


About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at
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3 Responses to Changing Seasons and Changing Names

  1. alex caldiero says:

    the last geometries of winter
    and the brilliant flowers of spring:
    another circle completed.


      • alex caldiero says:

        So your first line….was an observation plus your other line, another observation, and then my line, also an observation, but one that put 1 + 1 and made it three and therefore it is poetry? or was it poetry from the get go? it s always poetry when we see what is right in front of us.


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