Poems from the Pond: 107 Years of Words and Wisdom; The Writings of Peggy Freydberg

Posted on March 31, 2015

Poems from the Pond: 107 Years of Words and Wisdom; The Writings of Peggy Freydberg

Poems from the Pond
107 Years of Words and Wisdom: The Writings of Peggy Freydberg
Edited by Laurie David

Available April 24. For pre-orders or more information, send an email to poemsfromthepond@gmail.com.

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“Reading these poems made me feel like I was being let in on a secret, a secret I’m dying to whisper to lots of other people,” — Billy Collins, Two-Term Poet Laureate of the United States

“With an unflinching eye and a compassionate heart, Peggy Freydberg has looked deeply into what it means to live a long life. In pulse-quickening poems of stunning insight and artistry, she probes the necessity of loss and the exhilarations of love,” — Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist

Imagine that a tremendous burst of creativity hits you really late in life, just when you assumed everything would be winding way down.

Imagine at the age of 90 inspiration pours out of you in the form of poetry detailing a lifetime of your feelings about love, loss, fear, and aging.

Imagine that these poems are beloved by a small circle of friends – even printed in the local newspaper. But critical acclaim passes you by. You don’t mind. You’ve had a full life, including two marriages that placed you in the glittering heart of literary New York City. At the stunning age of 106, you live alone, in your own cottage by the sea on Martha’s Vineyard.

The phone rings and an acquaintance you haven’t seen in twenty-one years, despite the fact that she lives a mile away, asks to stop by. She reads some of your poems to you and is so shaken by their emotional resonance, feels compelled to organize an impromptu reading amongst a couple of dozen friends to try and give you a little of the recognition she thinks you so greatly deserve.

Imagine that within six months of that reading, a book of your poetry is published for international release with thirty-two of your poems, a bio of your life, and an afterward by your granddaughter. Oh yes, and toss in a ringing and heartfelt endorsement by your favorite wordsmith, the great Poet Laureate of the United States Billy Collins.

This is Peggy Freydberg’s story. A woman who spent much of her life doubting her value, yet yearning to be heard who discovered in her 90th year a gift for writing poetry of stunning intensity and searing emotional impact.

Welcome to Poems From The Pond. This new book of Peggy’s writings is a testament to the fact that creativity has no age limit and recognition no timeframe.

Published and edited by author/producer Laurie David, Poems from the Pond will be available April 24, 2015 for US $29.99/CAN $34.00. All net profits will go to the Margaret Howe Freydberg Scholarship Fund.

For pre-orders and information, send an email to poemsfromthepond@gmail.com.

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