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In the course of researching dogwood trees, beloved poet and essayist Christopher Merrill realized that a number of formative moments in his life had some connection to the tree named—according to one writer—because its fruit was not fit for a dog. As he approached his sixtieth birthday, Merrill began to compose a self-portrait alongside this tree whose lifespan is comparable to a human's and that, from an early age, he's regarded as a talisman. 


"An arboreal memoir, an autobiographical dendrology: Merrill, like the dogwood seeds and seedlings, roams the planet, appearing or pausing at unexpected moments in history. The migrant trees sink their roots in various foreign soils; the man, though wandering–even in zones of war–remains rooted in the humus of poetry." –Eliot Weinberger, author of An Elemental Thing


For this book, Christopher was named Winner of Independent Publisher Book Award - Silver for Memoir, Finalist for Foreword Indies Awards - Memoir, Winner of 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Memoir, and Winner of 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award - First Runner Up Memoir.


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