The Wild Braid

The Wild Braid

A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden

By Stanley Kunitz; Genine Lentine; Marnie Crawford Samuelson (Photographer)

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393061413, 144pp.

Publication Date: May 17, 2005

Throughout his life (1905-2006) Stanley Kunitz created poetry and tended gardens. This book is the distillation of conversations, none previously published, that took place between 2002 and 2004. Beginning with the garden, that "work of the imagination," the explorations journey through personal recollections, the creative process, and the harmony of the life cycle. A bouquet of poems and a total of 26 full-color photographs accompany the various sections. The Wild Braid received a 2006 American Horticultural Society Book Award. "A miracle." Galway Kinnell "No one who has ever gardened passionately will be a stranger to the sentiments Kunitz expresses about this act of domestic creation, but very few of us will ever come close to writing about it with his grace and clarity. This is indeed a book to cherish." Kate Tyndall, Raleigh News & Observer.

About the Author
Stanley Kunitz [born in Worcester, Mass. in 1905], whose honors include the Pulitzer Prize, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lenore Marshall Prize, has had a long and varied career as poet, editor, essayist, translator, horticulturist, and mentor of young poets. In 1992, Harvard awarded him its Centennial Medal and he received a National Medal of Arts in 1993, presented at the White House by President Clinton. Kunitz lives with his wife, the artist Elise Asher, in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he cultivates a renowned seaside garden." -

Genine Lentine lives in Provincetown.

Marnie Crawford Samuelson lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.