Found: The Sex Life of Bees

I often teach students about creating “found” poetry, although I rarely practice that art myself. But when the literary review Herontree set forth an unusual challenge, I was tempted to try my hand. They asked poets to write a poem based solely on the words and phrases from a 1905 publication entitled “How to Keep Bees” by Anna Botsford Comstock. I’m pleased that the editors chose my work “Fidelity in a Bed of Pinks” for Volume 8. Click the link below to read about the process of “finding a poem”. Within this link is another link to the poem itself.

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Gabriella Brand

Gabriella Brand is a writer, adventurer, and educational consultant. She can't stop teaching and learning foreign languages. She would like to walk on all the continents (three more to go!). Her husband is extremely patient and her children are, fortunately, all grown up.

7 thoughts on “Found: The Sex Life of Bees”

  1. Hi, I have read your explanation of how you found the right way to word this, and found it in itself was interesting.I have no knowledge on how to evaluate poetry. I just know I found it intriguing how you put this one together, and how you expected the reader would react to it. Kathy is here now and I have forwarded it to her. She leaves next week, so I will email you after she is gone. Take care,Judy


  2. Gabriella, Je t’admire! Surtout en ce moment de nos jours quand la liberté d’esprit menace à nous échapper, tu écris avec quelle liberté et une beauté que j’ apprécie. Merci !



  3. Delightful piece, and I enjoyed “watching” you read aloud some sections of the book several times. Fun.

    Sorry I haven’t been in touch sooner–it’s just taking a good while to recover from the travel involved in the delightful cabin stay with Karla. Strength is slowly returning, though it’s the usual roller-coaster ride, but still, ever so grateful for the time I had with my kids and grandkids.

    Wondering–might you have time for a zoom visit sometime in the next couple of weeks? Would be so good to catch up again.

    love to you, Carol


  4. Gabriella, I am cleaning out one of my email folders–social, which I hardly ever pay attention to, months on end, I mean–and here I find this gem. I wish I could secure your blog to my regular inbox. In any case, this poem is lovely! ! And your mini essay on its creation equally lovely. I learn from you at every turn. Perfect title, by the way, and as good writing as anybody can produce. Un gros merci.


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