Changing Seasons and Changing Names

The last geometries of winter:

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

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

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About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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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.

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      • 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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