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Er first house in New England in the 1950s and the first 10 or so years she spent thereIncluded are Sarton s thoughts about the rich history of the house how she made it her own the oys and sorrows of gardening the people that "came to visit her observations of the natural world around her her daily routine as a writer and "to visit her observations of the natural world around her her daily routine as a writer and occasional struggle with solitude A slow simple book full of uiet beauty that resonated deeply with me and that I ll surely turn to again and again in the future But in all the eight years I have lived here it has not yet been a uiet life It is life lived at a high pitch One of the facts about solitude is that one becomes as alert as an animal to every change of mood in the skies and to every sound Plant Dreaming Deep is a memoir of writer May Sarton s first ten years in her first home in Nelson NHI first read this book when in my twenties and in full stride as an ex urbanite in the deep north woods of Minnesota I felt a deep kinship with Ms Sarton even then yet what a different perspective now at 58 and living independently in my first home embracing with relish reverence and a sense of discovery the treasure of life in common with a wide variety of neighbors and the many many ways making a garden changes us Though the settings are different she in rural New England me in the urban southwest the growing sense of belonging borne of willing reciprocity in one s surroundings is radically the same There is also a huge generational difference in style It didn t seem so 30 years ago when we were all emerging from a long steep in the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald but now I recognize hers is a vintage voice measured elouent literaryIn a time of drought she writes in a chapter on learning about water the word spring is like a cool pebble in the mouthI took comfort in her voice Growing where I am planted between her generation and those coming next there s a certain loveliness in knowing the voices of eras can trace their tenors connecting to each other into the future I read this one after reading the actual The Complete Idiots Guide to Self-Testing Your IQ journals in order so my perspective is likely a bit differentThe pros May does almost no complaining here uite a contrast from theournals She does a terrific ob evoking a sense of so than later in York ME although she does own that house itself The book has almost the feel of James Herriott without the animals The last section has a foreshadowing of the changes the 60 s would bring to the area it s a story of the tail end of a bygone eraThe cons May gives no real reason for leaving Cambridge for the sticks I d hoped it d be revealed here it wasn t in the ournals With one exception there s very little about her writing at all I inferred at least a slight Lady of the Manner tude regarding the locals which does come out directly at the very endI d almost say this book is a stand alone but should probably be read with Journal of a Solitude as its companion piece the initial enchantment of Nelson and after the novelty wore off 55 obviously another May Sarton ournal read another wave of feeling high off of her intelligence her wisdom So perfect for me right now especially that last chapter. Covers peace and beauty in solitude whether she is toiling in the garden or writing at her deskThis is a loving beautifully crafted memoir illuminated by themes of friendship love nature and the struggles of the creative li. ,
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May Sarton Why aren t people reading this insightful author any Plant Dreaming Deep is one of her best books full of her poetic thoughts and observations as she lives in an 18th century house on thirty acres in Nelson New Hampshire in the late 1960s Drama Yes Here is a woman in her mid forties living alone with the power of silence light pouring through the windows and the ghosts of time May describes herself as a passenger inward and outward bound She is a poet a fierce writer and every page gives the reader an enrichment She eats dinner alone at her table with flowers wine and a book to read Her adventures open up daily and go in all directions The world of May Sarton is transcendent as she spends each day tasting the air If you are looking for a book to clarify how to appreciate living alone or ust communicating with your environment this is the story that will bring you on an inspiring path Is there a oy except gardening that asks
much and so much I know of no other except perhaps the writing of a poem They are much alike even in the amount of waste that has to be accepted for the sake of the rare chancy oy when all goes well And they are alike in that both are passions that bring renewal with them But there is a difference poetry is for all ages gardening is one of the late Screw You Dolores joys for youth is too impatient too self absorbed and usually not rooted deeply enough to create a garden Gardening is one of the rewards of middle age when one is ready for an impersonal passion a passion that demands patience acute awareness of a world outside oneself and the power to keep on growing through all the times of drought through the cold snows toward those moments of pureoy when all failures are forgotten and the plum tree flowers A middle aged May Sarton moves out to a remote farm in rocky austere New England and writes beautifully about it in a way that only a poet can A pleasant escape amid a sweltering house bound summer Loved the poetic rhythm of this memoir I really enjoyed this memoir for Mary s insights European roots collide with the American Dream We should all spend time thinking about our roots "and how it impacts our present day lives May Sarton is "how it impacts our present day lives May Sarton is a calming influence This is a book I ve returned to several times when I need to slow down pay attention to the world around me She also was a firebrand feminist back before women did that sort of thing so she s no shrinking violet This is about creating a home for herself space and solitude and atmosphere in which to write a garden in which to replenish herself It s a book full of hope and goodwill and patience the learning to cultivate thereof I originally read the title as nounverbadverb a plant that is dreaming deeply Once I got to the poem from which the line is lifted I realized it s actually advice she is telling us to nourish our dreams give them deep roots and allow them to grow full and strong Somewhere in a much later book she writes about becoming at last too old to work her own garden But each season her assistant brought her out into the yard lifted her out of the wheelchair and lay her prone on the ground so she could at least get her fingers In Plant Dreaming Deep Sarton shares an intensely personal account of transforming a house into a home She begins with an introduction to the enchanting village of Nelson where she first meets her house Sarton finds she mus. Nto the dirt a fundamental rite of springso much and
if it comes to that i hope someoneit comes to that I hope someone do the same for me someday If you like memoir poetry essays gardening home renovation or New England you ll like May Sarton This serves as a prelude to the eight ournals for which Sarton would become famous It s a low key memoir about setting up home in the tiny town of Nelson New Hampshire making a garden and meeting the salt of the earth locals who provided her support system and are immortalized in fictional form in the novel she published two years later Kinds of Love At the time of publication she d been in Nelson for 10 years she would live there for 15 years in all and after seeing out her days in a rented house by the coast in Maine be buried thereSarton was nearing 50 by the time she bought this her first home and for her it represented many things a retreat from the world a place for silence and solitude and somewhere she could bring together the many aspects of herself even if ust by displaying her parents furniture long in storage and the souvenirs from her travels all the threads I hold in my hands have at last been woven together into a whole the threads of the English and Belgian families from which
I spring the threads of my own wanderings Nelson feels like a place outside of time Itspring the threads of my own wanderings Nelson feels like a place outside of time It annual Town Meetings as it has for nearly two centuries Her man of all work Perley Cole still cuts the meadow with a scythe After years of drought she has to have water drillers come and find her a new source An ancient maple tree has to be cut down reminding her of other deaths close to home Through it all her beloved garden is a reminder that new life floods back every year and the routines of hard work will be rewarded Some favorite lines Experience is the fuel I would live my life burning it up as I go along so that at the end nothing is left unused so that every piece of it has been consumed in the work gardening is one of the late Songs of Love and War joys for youth is too impatient too self absorbed and usually not rooted deeply enough to create a garden Gardening is one of the rewards of middle age when one is ready for an impersonal passion a passion that demands patience acute awareness of a world outside oneself and the power to keep on growing through all the times of drought through the cold snows toward those moments of pureoy when all failures are forgotten and the plum tree flowers Note I discovered I ve always misunderstood this title thinking it whimsically imagined a plant having dreams instead plant is an imperative verb as in Sarton s adaptation of Joachim du Bellay Happy the man who can long roaming reap Like old Ulysses when he "Shaped His Course Homeward At "his course Homeward at toward the native source Seasoned and stretched to plant his dreaming deep It s about a place where one can root one s work and intentionsOriginally published on my blog Bookish Beck 4 12 stars Silence was the food I was after silence and the country itself trees meadows hills the open sky I had wanted air light and space and now I saw that they were exactly what the house had to give The light here is magic Plant Dreaming Deep is May Sarton s wonderful memoir of how she bought T “dream the house alive” inside herself before taking the major step of signing the deed She paints the walls white in order to catch the light and searches for the precise shade of yellow for the kitchen floor She dis. .