Leslie Adrienne Miller has published several books of poetry, including "Eat Quite Everything You See" and "The Resurrection Trade." A professor of English at the University of St. Thomas, Miller combines old world imagery and academia with modern day sensibilities and earthly desires. Her poem "The Dead Send Their Gardener" struck me in particular because of the contrast between the extremely "alive" gardener, and the ghostly presence of the couple whose roses he tends.
The Dead Send Their Gardener
He arrives in the courtyard with two cartons
of juice, each of which he'll tip and drain
at one go in the heat, and a sack of food
for the roses. He looms over his tools,
blond and dusty as a stalk of ripe wheat,
surely someone's prized lover. Centuries
bask among his hybrid teas, and he shakes
his capable handfuls of food into their beds
until nothing but roses nose the blues between lake
and garden, lake and sky, the lapse of lawn
where a party could be if those who lived here once
returned to pour the wine. She'd be the sort
to tuck a bud behind her ear, and he to catch
one in his teeth. But alas we're guests
of the present, expectant and sultry; all
graciousness is fled, and rain fills the spent
blooms, tumbles their tops, weighted with ruffles
and shocks of pink. The gardener too disappears
with his breeches the color of mustard and cinched
with a string, gone back into the pages of Hardy
or Lawrence. Perhaps, he'll appear again Tuesday next,
but he won't look any of us living in the eye.
- "The Dead Send Their Gardener" by Leslie Adrienne Miller, as it appears in The Resurrection Trade. Reprinted here with permission from the publisher, Graywolf Press.
Posted at 2:22 PM on March 15, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Theater
The sale of Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, pending since January, has finally closed.
Longtime CDT artistic director Michael Brindisi and choreographer Tamara Kangas Erickson have partnered with Steven Peters, owner of VenuWorks, to lead a local group of investers in purchasing the theaters from owner Thomas K. Scallen. VenuWorks provides professional management for theaters, arenas and convention centers. Scallen has been looking for a buyer for the past year.
While there had been some talk of moving the theaters to the Mall of America, Peters has stated that CDT will remain in the city of Chanhassen. In addition, the new company will continue to honor all advance ticket sales and all gift certificates purchased under previous ownership.
Founded in 1968, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is the nation's largest Equity dinner theatre in the nation with multiple theatres under one roof. Over the years, over 200 productions have been staged before more than 10,000,000 guests.