Review: A Landscape Divided

Gardening Secrets of the Dead, by Lee Herrick : Reviewed by Suzanne Roberts The poems in Lee Herrick’s second book, Gardening Secrets of the Dead, are love songs to landscapes both foreign and domestic, imaginary and real. The tension in the poems results from oppositions and the poet’s refusal to reconcile the irreconcilable. Herrick, who was born in Korea and adopted by American parents, sings to a lost landscape, one which is at once strange and familiar. In the poem “Rhyme,” Herrick writes: All we want is to not be watched. All the glitches hiss. Medicate. Meditate. Korea, homeland. Go quietly then resist how perfect you are this time.