Pamela Hobart Carter created “Marvel” from the Complete Herbal by Nicholas Culpeper (1653). Please click here to read.

About the poem and the process of composing it, Pamela Hobart Carter writes:

I pulled each word, unchanged and in (almost) the same sequence it appears, from the Avens through Beans sections of Culpeper’s Complete Herbal. All punctuation, line breaks, and stanza choices are mine. I had fun mixing practical imperatives with oddball ones and selecting for the upbeat.


Also by Pamela Hobart Carter at Heron Tree: “Latitudes.”