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A Friend Sails in on a Poem

Essays on Friendship, Freedom and Poetic Form

by (author) Molly Peacock

Palimpsest Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Essays, Canadian
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    Oct 2022
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Palimpsest Press and Molly Peacock are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of A FRIEND SAILS IN ON A POEM, available for presale in Canada and the United States.

For the last forty-six years, the distinguished poets Molly Peacock and Phillis Levin have read and discussed nearly every poem they?ve written?an unparalleled friendship in poetry. Here Peacock traces the development of their ideas about poetry across their lifelong back-and-forth, quoting their poems, investigating their childhoods, personalities, writing habits, reading habits, and startling differences. She speculates about their challenges as they meet across seminar tables, kitchen tables, coffee, tea and restaurant tables from their twenties through their sixties and seventies. A Friend Sails in on a Poem offers a charming, psychologically wise, and metaphorically piquant look at navigating craft, creativity, and companionship. This is a book both for serious poets as well as for anyone who wants a deep dive into the impact of friendship on art itself.

About the author

Molly Peacock is the author of six volumes of poetry, including The Second Blush (McClelland & Stewart, 2009) and Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems (W.W. Norton); a memoir, Paradise, Piece by Piece; and a one-woman show in poems, “The Shimmering Verge” produced by Louise Fagan Productions (London, Ontario). She has been series editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English since 2007, as well as a contributing editor of the Literary Review of Canada and a faculty mentor at the Spalding MFA Program. Her poetry, published in leading literary journals in North America and the UK, is widely anthologized. Her latest work of nonfiction is The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72 (McClelland & Stewart, 2010).

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