The story behind the poem
the idea of a secret, magic garden. This one doesn't have exotic blooms or
rainbow-plumaged birds; it is only unusual because
of its atmosphere and because no-one who
goes there ever makes a mark or leaves a trace of themselves behind.
My inspiration came from
hearing about 'The Garden of Fand', a tone poem by the composer
Arnold Bax. (A friend of mine was a great fan of his.) Fand is an
Irish sea goddess who lives on a magical
island. The island is 'otherworldly' in the Celtic sense of belonging
to a parallel world inhabited by spirits; the garden in the poem could
also belong to this world.
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by Damaris West
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