As it was centuries ago for the Persian poet Attar, so it is for us today: The rose remains a flower of mysterious beauty, of many moods, with myriad symbolic associations. Parker celebrates the rose, pairing her exquisite full-color photographs of blooms from her own garden with evocative poems by such diverse writers as Sappho, Emily Dickinson, John Milton, e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot, and Jorge Luis Borges, among others. 84 photos.