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A Poem About the First Year I Had Bees

The cover photo shows the edge of a honey bee's wing, with the tiny hooks they use to hold each pair of wings together when they fly. The photographs throughout the book were taken with my phone's camera through the lense of a microscope.

Ten Frames Full of Honey Bees:
Elegy of a First Year Hive

by Anita K. Boyle

  • Publisher: Egress Studio Press
  • Year: 2019
  • Pages: 28
  • Binding: handsewn
  • Size: 4.25" x 8.5"
  • Illustrated: photos by author
  • Price: $10
  • Printed when ordered


Bewick's Wren, ink drawingThe poem in this book is an elegy because bees are not easy to keep these days, and the viruses spread by varroa mites, and an onslaught of yellow jackets was too much for this package I purchased in the spring of 2019. The hive died in September of the same year, which was my first year of beekeeping. Though I treated fairly well for the mites, it didn't help enough, and interference of the yellow jackets only made things worse. I found and destroyed a yellow jacket nest in the ground about 500 feet from the hive, but too late. The honey bees taught me a lot that first year though. I purchased a nuc last year, which split into to hives mid-summer. They are preparing for another year as I write this.


The photos have a feel similar to photos of outer space. 

This book is handsewn, and uses an ivory industrail paper.

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