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New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

Peggy Freydberg

Peggy Freydberg

Margaret “Peggy” Howe Freydberg was born March 6, 1908 in Rochester, New York. She had two children with her first husband Sam Sloan, a literary editor and publisher. After Sam passed away, Peggy married Nicholas Freydberg, also a publisher, environmentalist, sailor, and intellect. Peggy’s and Nick’s love of Martha’s Vineyard brought them there year round in 1969. There Peggy wrote several novels in a writing tent Nick set up for her on their lawn, including her memoir Growing Up in Old Age, which courageously confronted her fear of dying, asking the question, “Am I to spend the rest of my life in the fear of losing it?” While Peggy was writing her memoir tackling universal themes of aging, death, and fear, her beloved Nick passed away at eighty-seven. At ninety years old, Peggy was no longer able to write in long form and began writing the poems in this collection. Desperate to continue to express herself, she described the day it occurred to her to write poetry as, “A force that had lodged in my head and demanded to come out.”

At 107 years old, Peggy passed away on March 27, 2015. At the time, she was living in in her home on Martha’s Vineyard with her treasured cat. The wheels driving Peggy to understand herself and confront her fears continued to spin searching for answers to life’s simple and complex questions. It was essential to her longevity . . . that and dark chocolate, she suggested.

Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.

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Poems from the Pond

Poems from the Pond

Peggy Freydberg
2015-05-01
$29.99 Casebound
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Edited by author, producer, and environmental activist Laurie David, Poems from the Pond features the words and wisdom of Peggy Freydberg, who miraculously began writing poetry at ninety years old. Including biographical material and stunning photos of Peggy, this book will resonate with anyone attempting to unravel life?s questions about life, love, fear, aging, and loss.


Los Angeles Independent Publishing

New Poems

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, is the place for new poems, new fiction, and lesbian fiction/lesbian books.