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This week at The Paris ReviewWe’re out in the garden. Read on for Penelope Lively’s Art of Fiction interview, Diane Williams’ short story “Garden Magic” and Allison Funk’s poem “On Pruning”.
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Penelope Lively, The Art of Fiction No. 241
Issue No. 226 (Fall 2018)
If I didn’t have a book for on the go, I don’t know what I would do. Even in the times when I am not writing, I think about it when I work in the garden or something, wondering if I am doing such and such a character right, or is there a problem here or there.
By Diane Williams
Issue No. 230 (autumn 2019)
I am in a room with … I am in a room where decisions are likely to be neglected, where I lack character and vitality to absorb my dark thoughts and plant them at the right time like green onions.
From Allison Funk
Issue No. 152 (Fall 1999)
Cut it way back.
Don’t be afraid to pinch the first one
the only bloom. The berry cannot thrive
In freedom. Have no mercy
Gardener. Train the tree to be a leader
crowned by the top bud.
Make ten o’clock your corner
for the outstretched limbs
from the apple. plum
when the knife is sharp
Make sure the scar is neat.
To share the surgeon’s belief in healing,
You have to trust what has been taken from you
is a blessing …
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