The Heart's Necessities: Life in Poetry

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About the Author
Poet and short story writer Jane Tyson Clement (1917-2000) lived in Manhattan until she was nineteen, but preferred Bay Head, New Jersey, where the family owned a summer house. Bay Head's windswept shore drew her back year after year: "There was something eternal about it that was always a rock and an anchor for me." She graduated from Smith College in 1939, became a teacher, and married Robert Allen Clement, a Quaker attorney and fellow pacifist. Despite her privileged background, Clement was disturbed by the injustices she saw around her and yearned to do something constructive with her life, to move beyond the "frivolous, self-centered side of my nature...and to do something - anything - about the unfair treatment of workers, the hoarding of wealth in the hands of a few." Eventually this search led Jane and her family to join the Bruderhof, a community movement dedicated to practicing Jesus' teachings of nonviolence, economic equality, and social justice. Here Clement taught school, raised seven children, and, through her poetry and fiction, continued her search for wholeness and truth.

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.

Becca Stevens is an author, speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, founder, and president of Thistle Farms. Her work has been profiled on PBS NewsHour, The Today Show, CNN, and in The New York Times. Her awards include CNN Hero, White House Champion of Change, and Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America.

The poetry is brilliant, and it's inspired Becca to write stunning music.--David Crosby
Through hard-won religious commitment, Jane Tyson Clement's poems rose from feminine eloquence, in the manner of Edna St. Vincent Millay and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, to something closer to universal.--Sarah Ruden, author of The Face of Water
A gem of a book... Poetry by an obscure dead poet, but with a twist: this poet, Jane Tyson Clement, has a huge fan in jazz/indie rock musician and singer Becca Stevens, and Plough Publishing has put the two of them together. It's an exciting book on many levels, especially when you hear the poetry put to music.--Independent Publisher Magazine
This beautiful homage to Jane Tyson Clement and her poetry, which will continue to resonate with readers and, through Becca Stevens' compositions, music lovers, also celebrates the kind of artistic collaboration that spans time and opens us to our own "heart's necessities."--Booklist
Huleatt's voice is captivating as she traces the history of a compassionate life lived. This moving collection on the life of a true poet is stellar. The final poem in the collection brought me to tears.--Sheryl Luna, poet, author of Pity the Drowned Horses
The genesis of The Heart's Necessities is a complex and interesting one. The journeys of being led from one discovery to another are very profound.--Carolyn Gelland-Frost, poet, author of Dream-Shuttle