What are the heart’s necessities? It’s a question Jane Tyson Clement asked herself over and over, both in her poetry and in the way she lived. The things that make life worth living she found in joy and grief, love and longing, and, most importantly, something to believe in. Her observation of the seasons of the soul and of the natural world have made her poems beloved to many readers, most recently jazz artist Becca Stevens. Clement’s poetry has gained new life – and a new audience – as lyrics in the songs of this pioneering musician of another century.
Like many great poets, from Emily Dickinson to Gerard Manley Hopkins, Jane Tyson Clement (1917–2000) has found more readers since her death than in her lifetime. A new generation that prizes honesty and authenticity is finding in Clement – a restless, questing soul with a life as compelling as her work – a voice that expresses their own deepest feelings, values, and desires.
In this attractive coffee table collection of new and selected poems, editor Veery Huleatt complements Clement’s poetry with narrative sketches and scrapbook visuals to weave a biography of this remarkable woman who took the road less traveled, choosing justice over comfort, conviction over career, and love over fame.
|Plough Publishing House, The
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About the Author
Evoking comparisons to Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mary Oliver, Jane Kenyon, and Denise Levertov, Jane Tyson Clement’s poetry is direct and understated, drawing on familiar images from nature and daily life. Her story is told through the lens of her poetry in The Heart’s Necessities: A Life in Poetry. Many additional poems are collected in No One Can Stem the Tide, and her short stories appear in The Secret Flower and Other Stories.
Veery Huleatt is an editor at Plough Quarterly and Plough Publishing House.
Table of Contents
Editor's Note vii
Prelude Becca Stevens ix
01 Shelter your Heart with Patience 01
02 One Who Has Loved Is Never Quite Alone 50
3 Scope for Some Experiment 92
04 The Heart Has Followed the Curve of the World 128
05 No One Can Stem the Tide 148