Hybrid Nation’s first publication, Poems from the Pond, is an enrapturing book of poetry that nearly went undiscovered. The poet, a charming old woman who was living alone in Martha’s Vineyard, died at the age of 107, shortly before the collection’s publication. Laurie David edited the work after meeting her at a reading of her poetry. Within the year she was published.
Freydberg’s poetry contains a surprising relatability. She manages to bring to life something only a limited number of us have yet to experience: old age. Her scenes are vivid, her language tangible. Perhaps more striking, though, is the honesty contained in this book, which reflects on life lived, love lost, and impending death. Readers might be surprised by how easily they slide into the skin of this supra-centenarian just by reading her poetry.