Adjusted HydrangeaHydrangeaGlow, photo and all text ⓒ Irene O’Garden, 2013


There are times words interfere. Times they can’t be translated. When the poem is the image, when the yearning cannot be described, when the clamor of description must be settled by silence.

Such is this Wednesday.  Just a reminder that November is a poem of its own, alternately vivid and gentle as the season disintegrates in grace.


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Publication News:

Fjords Review has just published my short comet essay The Smudge Between The Stars, in anticipation of  ISON, a possible “Comet of The Century.” You can read and/or hear it here. It is illustrated with a painting of mine.

I am presently reviewing e-galleys for my book Fat Girl, which will soon be released by Untreed Reads as an ebook. Watch for a giveaway.

Praise for my book “Fat Girl”

October 23rd, 2011 | Posted by admin in News - (Comments Off on Praise for my book “Fat Girl”)

Any author who has a book positively reviewed or mentioned by a publication is lucky indeed. I’ve been abundantly fortunate in this respect, my book Fat Girl being a shining example. Please take the time to visit my author page to find out more about the book. Here is a taste of the generosity I received for the work:


“A poetic, funny, deeply touching look at the problem of overeating…O’Garden’s poetry glistens.” — The Denver Post

“Ohmigod this book rules! Her story is so compelling and soulfully written that it almost made me cry. I love books like that.” — Sassy Magazine

“Very moving. I couldn’t put down. I was impressed with the writing and the way O’Garden was able to write from inside addiction and make the mechanics of addiction clear. I know this is one of the books I’ll be buying by the dozen to give to people.” — Ellen Burstyn

“The pain and anger of overweight is clearly delineated, and the struggle over power and powerlessness is presented in a quite poetic, dramatic way. O’Garden teaches us about addiction without being preachy or seeking converts. Her simple statements arise from secret thoughts and deceits and thus show the crisis of personal integrity that a fat person suffers.” — Judi Hollis, author of FAT AS A FAMILY AFFAIR and FAT & FURIOUS, and director of Hollis Institute

“..a painfully honest little book, illustrated by the author and told in prose, poetry, aphorisms and no small amount of anguish.” — The Oregonian

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