First published in Woodnotes #29, Summer 1996, page 50.
Before All the Leaves Are Gone by Gary Hotham. Juniper Press, 1996, 24 pages, hand-sewn letterpress paperback, 5 by 3½ inches. $7.00 plus $1.50 for postage from the author at 10460 Stansfield Road, Laurel, Maryland 20723 [address no longer correct]. This is the tenth book in Juniper Press’s understated and elegant Chickadee Series of miniature poetry books. Before All the Leaves Are Gone offers 11 poems, of which the following is a choice sample:
time to go—
the stones we threw
at the bottom of the ocean