The Coronary Garden, Ann Townsend
The Coronary Garden is a collection braiding love and mortality—in "Love Poem, Unwritten," Townsend identifies a physical abnormality of the poet's heart as a figure for human love: fragile, vulnerable creatures, our very imperfection opens us to connection and grace.
Ann Townsend is the author of Dime Store Erotics (1998). She is the recipient of a NEA Fellowship, an Individual Artist's grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and a Discovery Prize from The Nation. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies, including The Pushcart Prize XX, The New Young American Poets, American Poetry: The Next Generation, and The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology. An Associate Professor of English at Denison University, she lives in Granville, Ohio.