Linda Norton’s book came to Pressed Wafer through the poet, novelist and PW subscriber Fanny Howe. “Have you ever heard,” Howe wrote in her blurb, “Dinah Washington sing ‘This Bitter Earth’? Have you ever seen the movie by Charles Burnett called Killer of Sheep? This little book, The Public Gardens, conjures up the experience of that movie and that song, the fate of families and neighborhoods in 20th-century America.”
The “history” in this book comes in the form of the poet’s journals. Norton provided the cover collage and Michael Russem executed the design.