To hear the poet read "My Field Guide," click here or on the title. I've never bothered with the names of flowers, though now I'd like this expertise to call them out to you as we hike in. But I would want their true names, not the Guide's all-classifying explanations: for yellow simple-shaped or odd- belled purple cluster; I'd rather plump-girl- shaking-her-hair-out-in-the-shower, and violet-prom-dress-circa-1960. Or better yet, I'd know the words that droning bee has just now written at the throat of lakeside goldenrod. They must be intimate--see how he calms between her? His body, only evolution's hunt for agitation, yet the way he gentles at her feathered mouth. Let's call that ... what? Biology is obvious. So choose another name. No matter how you speak, which sort of language we might settle on, the woodpecker won't stop her rhythmic knocking inside the arms of tamarack, and we've arrived at birds and bees again. But nothing is as simple, is it?