October 5, 2016
by Joan Grabel
The grasses are in their flowering glory and what could be more complimentary to Bill Barretts’ Visual Poetry sculpture. The fall wind moves through the flowering grasses creating a sweet rhythmic motion as seen in the blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis), with its’ seed heads swaying poetically on top of thin blades, calls us to visually embrace the moment because tomorrow it will not be the same. In mass it creates quite a choral chant. Only 4 to 18 inches tall, it can be used as a lawn substitute or in a meadow. This native is the official state grass of New Mexico.