Monday, February 10, 2020
Jane Tyson Clement
Once married, she and her husband joined the Bruderhof, a pacifist, Christian community which aligned well with their own attitudes.
In 1952 she published the chapbook The Heavenly Garden, but her poems primarily remained hidden for years. After her death in March of 2000, her family collected her poetry which was published as No One Can Stem The Tide (Plough).
In 2019 Plough Publishing published The Heart’s Necessities ― a book of Jane Tyson Clement’s poetry, but also the story of her life, with appreciations and tribute from Becca Stevens, a singer/songwriter who has set several of Clement’s poems to music.
The following poem was written in April 1977.
I watch the spider fling
its most improbable thread ―
from aspen limb to birch
and back again.
So do we fling our faith
from star to star
and under God’s eternal, watching care
the perfect orb
Entry written by D.S. Martin. His latest poetry collection is Ampersand (2018, Cascade). His books are available through Amazon, and Wipf & Stock, including the anthologies The Turning Aside, and Adam, Eve, & the Riders of the Apocalypse.