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COLE SWENSON


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FROM OURS: THE GARDENS OF ANDRE LeNOTRE

In an effort to make the garden standing proof of the ascendancy of reason 
over nature, strict rules governed its layout: a principal axis running north
and south must begin at the back door and head straight toward an illusion
of infinity intersected by perpendiculars that divide all of space into neat

and so on. And thus

a chateau becomes a little jewel in a park, and a garden,
a little halt in the nerve. A little


unlikely order. Arcing dark
and the forest thriving
the house a gem, the clouds unreal,
and forest after forest, the world is painted
on a porcelain cup, emerald castle, peridot trees

extend from the center, a deer moth-white, a terrace made to float
above all
Close the door.
and corridor in faceted stone; house my diamond
that writes on glass: pass
by my window. You are looking out both
from and at
the enormous forest.