“Green Time”

Pamela Hobart Carter created “Green Time” 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 the same sequence as it appears, from the Wallnut Tree through Willow Tree sections of Culpeper’s Complete Herbal. All punctuation, line breaks, and stanza choices are mine. I often figure out a narrative as I erase, and titles last of all. For “Green Time” I chose to highlight the hue after coming upon and selecting its first two appearances, and to look for other instances of long E and hard G sounds.


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