Prosodic Fioriture (a term from my own Language of Flowers, volume 16, second edition–the first one was just plain bad–its dark heart replete with factual accuracies (the horror), the bane of those writers (post post-modern) who fictionalize the lives and times of flowers, while looking back, jauntily, at dogeared seed catalogs of yesteryear ).

Erythrina crista-galli



  1. Whatever name it is called in post post-modern, nothing compares to the beauty of the Prosodic Fioriture that you so perfectly have shown here Propsero! The shades of magenta as undersides and the medium burnt sienna showing up is a lovely full combination of petals that standout amount the thick hardy branches of this bush.

    Couldn’t find a modern name for this, no recognition of Prosodic Fioriture – I’m sure Cynthia will be up for the hunt!

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    • The tree is called Erythrina crista-galli, but as you know, my natural tendency is the shun facts, as they appear, in certain lightning–let’s say high noon, to be ugly and dysfunctional. The poet need not concern himself with facts, only words. (Cynthia may or may not agree.)

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      • Ah yes, it is a bit of high-noon in your image, right? I bet in mid-morning or late afternoon the beauty of this tree comes calling. Thanks Prospero for the name ~


  2. Oh but isn’t this nomenclature wonderful! See how it allows Mary to describe the flower as only a working artist can! Of course I am biased, since prosody is one of my favorite pastimes. But this opens a world of possibilities! For one thing, I won’t have to learn botanical Latin; (though I note a tiny taste of modern Italian in the name). I can rely on my acquaintance with the many personalities of poetic meter….iambs, dactyls, rising and falling rhythms, etc. to help me know the names of the flowers. (In the end,of course, only the flowers themselves know their true names.) Flowers and poems—a most apt marriage, in my book.
    Brilliant Prospero! Please continue with your taxonomy as only you can write it, and I must, must have a copy of your “Life and Times of Flowers” the minute it leaves the presses!

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    • My publisher says Language of Flowers (Volume 16) won’t be released till I finish the project. Currently we envisage 108 spellbinding volumes.

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      • Spellbinding….is that a new way of holding pages together now being offered by printers? Will it stand up better to the rough and tumble of being constantly taken in and out of the library, stacked and shelved by librarians, left out in the rain by absent-minded professors, etcetera? If so, then it will certainly be a godsend to an author who hopes his work will endure for millennia. Of course, it could prove expensive, so I totally understand the llimited edition of 108 volumes.

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      • No. Spellbinding is a way of ensorcelling the pages so that they do not have the wherewithal to swap places, or, and I have seen this happen, insert themselves into other volumes, even ones which have not yet been written. I think this is the sort of binding Jorge Luis Borges uses.

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  3. Prosodic Fioriture is a very beautiful flower, despite the name it was called prior to your own ‘Language of Flowers’ – whatever that was. Gorgeous colour/s. I didn’t realise you were into taxonomy, but I think it’s a wonderful thing to do – whether professionally or for your own interest.

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    • Hello, Millie.

      He who speaks of imaginary works of non-fiction or misinvented taxonomy is surely a magician. And so, my hobby is, if pressed to say, magician, but magician of words and not of improbable, saw-a-lady-in-half deeds.

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