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A Cartography of Peace

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Poetry. "Only some art knows how to teach us how to live, and in a way that we are willing, ardently willing, to be taught. Jean Connor's A CARTOGRAPHY OF PEACE is that kind of book. By turns 'wildly admiring' or 'sitting beneath the tutelage of the dark,' these poems take hold of me and sit me down in an attention to both language and the natural world that is riveting and wrought, silence-filled and sublime. 'Time to read/ something old/ deeper than August,' says the speaker in one poem. Yes. Indeed. Right ...
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Poetry. "Only some art knows how to teach us how to live, and in a way that we are willing, ardently willing, to be taught. Jean Connor's A CARTOGRAPHY OF PEACE is that kind of book. By turns 'wildly admiring' or 'sitting beneath the tutelage of the dark,' these poems take hold of me and sit me down in an attention to both language and the natural world that is riveting and wrought, silence-filled and sublime. 'Time to read/ something old/ deeper than August,' says the speaker in one poem. Yes. Indeed. Right here. This whole book"--Robin Behn.
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Rafael Campos
She makes her case for peace with an armamentarium as humble as a bee's buzz, a snowfall's chill and the "hunger [and] shyness" of her garden's roses. Most of the poems in this remarkable first collection are simple lyrics, and yet they build toward a stubborn insistence on our reliance upon one another. (With whom else can we share the world's beauty and sorrow?) So peace is born not by choice or coercion but by necessity.
— The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963138507
  • Publisher: Passager Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Jean L. Connor began writing poems after retiring from a long career as a librarian in New York State. She lives and writes at Wake Robin retirement community in Shelburne, Vermont. The poems in A CARTOGRAPHY OF PEACE (Passager Books, 2005) were written between her 75th and 85th year, and her second book, A HINGE OF JOY (Passager Books, Six over Sixty series, 2009), was published shortly before her 90th birthday. United States Poet Laureate Ted Kooser selected one of Connor's poems for inclusion in his 2005 series, American Life in Poetry.
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