In his poem ‘The Apple Migrations’, which I first encountered in a collection of prose and poetry entitled The Apple Anthology, Wayne Burrows lyrically observes how “apples weave a net of wood round the globe, advance | one root-tip, one leaf-stem, one seed at a time.” Those words ‘net’ and ‘globe’ speak to the connectivity of apple trees across cultures, and in his poem Burrows’ elegantly rendered image catches something of the resonance of the apple and in turn leads us to a 19th-century American named John Chapman, who would become better known by another name: in the decades beyond his own ...


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