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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.
"Clement writes with simplicity and directness, a gentle, probing insistence, and conviction." -Friends Journal
"Beautiful - offers quietude in the midst of cacophony and literary cynicism." -Poughkeepsie Journal
"[Stevens] operates with a level of selfassurance that might have been offputting, if not for the approachability of her style. Ms. Stevens has a wizardly proficiency on an array of stringed instruments, and her singing is luxurious: pliable and hale…. Her songs are no less rooted in ambivalence, philosophically pensive and emotionally yearning." -New York Times
"Stevens focuses on cultivating tension within a song and then finds riveting and flat-out gorgeous ways to release it…. Stevens looks for detours and wild ear-stretching sounds that make you want to listen again." -NPR
Book launch events at popular music venues with Becca Stevens performing new songs with Jane Tyson Clement lyrics composed exclusively for this release.
National Publicity campaign in music and general interest outlets
Music videos and book trailer
Feature in Plough Quarterly magazine (circulation 19,000)
Significant author presence on Plough web and social media properties: excerpts, shareables, author page
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