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Book honors Vineyard Centenarian Poet

Vanity Fair

Former U-S poet laureate Billy Collins once said that Peggy Freydberg's poetry made him feel like he had discovered a secret he wanted to whisper to many other people.  Freydberg, a longtime Chilmark resident, died in March at the age of 107.  She left behind a group of admirers who also knew the secret.  Peggy started writing poetry when she turned 90 years old.  She spoke of fear, anxiety, love, and growing old in a way that touched even those who don't typically read poetry.

Peggy's writings have been collected in the new book "Poems from the Pond, 107 years of Words and Wisdom -- the writings of Peggy Freydberg."  The book was produced and edited by Laurie David, with a forward by WCAI contributor Nancy Slonim Aronie.  Selections from the book will be read July 27th at the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center, 5:30 p.m. in Vineyard Haven.  The readers will include a number of celebrity guests.

NPR's All Things Considered aired a story about Peggy in April, shortly after she died.  Youcan hear the story by clicking on this link.