Robert Glück

With Bruce Boone and other writers, Glück co-founded the New Narrative movement in San Francisco in the early 1980s. Glück has served as director of San Francisco State’s Poetry Center, codirector of the Small Press Traffic Literary Center, and editor for Lapis Press and the literary journal Narrativity.

Glück wrote about gardens for the Reader in the mid-1990s.

Articles by Robert Glück

Herman Irwin gives a thousand books a day to jail mates

The Johnny Appleseed of books

"Hi, I'm Herman Irwin, the book man. I acquire books. I sort them and I bring them to the people who can appreciate them. I'm in jails, prisons, literacy groups for children, seniors, people in ...

Sin Jen, a romantic gardener in Ocean Beach

Get that gorgeous girl out of that rock

Sin recalls a disaster that struck San Diego before the war: When the water from Hoover Dam was first used in California, it was too salty and killed all the begonias and acid-loving plants.

Gardener's advice: let strong color breathe

Unfraid of bare dirt

As time goes on, my garden becomes more defined. I like flowering trees and bushes, and climbing roses, for example, more than annuals, or herbaceous boarders. I’m sorry, I don’t like much color; I’d rather ...

Get lost in UCSD's Stuart Collection

Disobedience and exile

When I taught creative writing at UCSD, I was impressed by the adventurous sculpture sited around campus — The Stuart Collection. Since campuses are gardens, these sculptures are garden sculptures, animating and conferring scale on ...

I buried my dog Lily in the garden

A stench fouls paradise.

Gardens, however modest, are visions of paradise. As such they are the setting for activities that take me out of time. Gardens reconcile me to time on the grandest scale. In gardens I engage in ...

Secret Gardens in East San Diego, East County, University Heights, Rancho Santa Fe

What we love chooses us

"My granddaughter and I made a 6-foot-by-6-foot sunflower house and then put morning glories across the top. My other grandchild has a tepee of red scarlet runner beans, those little pumpkins, and gourds."

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