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Leaves Shapcot

A poetic field guide to trees and love, Leave of Absence sparks rich memories of young days—passionate, unruly and fondly recalled. It laments the deep wounds we inscribe upon one another as we grow—fallen tree and heartworn lover alike. While the ordinary passerby does not know of their secrets, in this collection of poems and impressions, Magnolia,…

Leaves Fitzgerald

Once there was the story of how fruit brought ruin and Eve’s temptation brought sorrow to the world. In Leaves of Absence, Deskins’s and Wiseman’s collaboration brings us back to the garden. We are immersed in the green shade of affection, brought to our senses through rich visual compositions and poetry that rings of a…

Leaves Roux

The growth of trees brings uninvited events. A pioneer spirit is needed to survive and remain hardy. Leave of Absence: An illustrated Guide to Common Garden Affection is a powerful grafting of poetry by Laura Madeline Wiseman and lush and delicate drawings by Sally Deskins. This book is a refreshing hybrid of natural history and…

Leaves Grabarsky

With the strength of an oak and deep as its roots, the poetry of Laura Madeline Wiseman synchronizes gently with the sweet flow of the willow accomplished by Sally Brown Deskins. Nature inspires. Having read this lovely book I will never again look at a tree without feeling its beating heart within my own. –…