Doing Seventy

Doing Seventy

by Hettie Jones
     
 
Doing 70 is Hettie Jones's third collection, following All Told and the prize-winning Drive. Her celebrated memoir of the Beat Scene, How I Became Hettie Jones,is regarded as a model of the genre, and she has published many other books for children and adults, including No Woman No Cry, with Rita Marley. A longtime resident of

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Doing 70 is Hettie Jones's third collection, following All Told and the prize-winning Drive. Her celebrated memoir of the Beat Scene, How I Became Hettie Jones,is regarded as a model of the genre, and she has published many other books for children and adults, including No Woman No Cry, with Rita Marley. A longtime resident of Manhattan's East Village, Jones lectures widely and teaches at The New School and the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center.

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Readers will instantly know that Jones is committed to being fully present in the world. That's why she writes with such engaged interest about what we know well--everyday life. Whether presenting New York scenes with delightfully quirky insight, offering biting but brief political commentary, or lightly cloaking compact observations on the state of the world in simple words with sharp wit, Jones reveals the wisdom of someone who has really thought about life. Yet, her greatest gift, which will make readers wish they could befriend her, is the way she sympathetically connects with strangers, observing in the same way as a concerned friend carefully listens. From an actor neighbor she chats with to the young tow truck driver with whom she shares a long ride, she treasures fleeting life moments, though she never over dramatizes them or exaggerates their impact. With such groundedness and life gusto, it is easy to see why Jones' poem "Ready or Not" states, "I think I won't ever be ready/never ready, never/enough already.
—Janet St. John

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ISBN-13:
9781931236720
Publisher:
Hanging Loose Press
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Pages:
90
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

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