Picked warm from a tree, a California apricot opens into halves as easily as if it came with a dotted line down its center. The seed infuses the core with a hint of almond; the fruit carries the scent of citrus and jasmine; and it tastes, some say, like manna from heaven. In these pages, Robin Chapman recalls the season when the Santa Clara Valley was the largest apricot producer in the world and recounts the stories of Silicon Valley's now lost orchards. From the Spaniards in the eighteenth century who first planted apricots in the Mission Santa Clara gardens to the post-World War II families who built their homes among subdivided orchards, relive the long summer days ripe with bumper crops of this much-anticipated delicacy.
About the Author
Robin Chapman is author of ten previous poetry collections, including THE WAY IN and Images of a Complex World: The Art and Poetry of Chaos, both winners of the Posner Poetry Prize; and The Dreamer Who Counted the Dead, winner of a Wisconsin Library Association's Outstanding Poetry Book award. A three-time recipient of Wisconsin Arts Board grants, including a Literary Fellowship for 2007, she has collaborated with artists and composers, helped organize the traveling Epidemic Peace Imagery exhibit, and co-edited the anthology On Retirement: 75 Poems. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband Will Zarwell.