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The Heart's Necessities: Life in Poetry

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  25 reviews
What are the heart’s necessities?

It’s a question Jane Tyson Clement (1917–2000) asked herself over and over, both in her poetry and in the way she lived. Her observation of the seasons of the soul and of the natural world have made her poems beloved to many readers, most recently singer-songwriter Becca Stevens, who has given Clement’s poetry new life – and a new audience
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 8th 2018 by Plough Publishing House
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Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Summary. A collection of the poetry of Jane Tyson Clement, a member of the Bruderhof Community, interleaved with biography and comments by musician Becca Stevens, who has set several of Clement's works to music.

Jane Tyson Clement grew up in the shadow of Columbia, began writing poetry in high school and went to Smith College. Like many, she lost and then recovered her faith. She married in the shadow of World War II, to Robert, a lawyer. Both pacifists, they eventually found their way to the Bru
Kim Pollack
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recently finished reading The Heart’s Necessities: Life in Poetry by Jane Tyson Clement and Becca Stevens. It shares the story of Jane Tyson Clement’s life, which was woven throughout with poetry.

She began writing poems as a teenager, and that is the way she seemed to best express herself. As a young woman, she married, had children, and, for a season, moved from the States to a Bruderhof community in South America. Jane was a lively teacher and a loving wife and mother, who always had poems s
Virginia Campbell
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The Heart's Necessities" is a beautifully-realized volume of words and images celebrating the life and works of poet Jane Tyson Clement (1917–2000). Interspersed among Ms. Clements poems and life story are photographs--some vintage and sepia-toned--others are richly-hued and from present day. Ms.Clement's voice is not the only one heard here through words which resonate with the reader. Singer-songwriter Becca Stevens has blended the poet's work with her own, adapting poems into song lyrics and ...more
Wanda Maynard
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A title, THE HEART'S NECESSITIES, is set on an amazing
background of pictures that are uniquely disperced throughout
the story of beautifully written poetry. Some are so sad and
others let the reader know of happier days long gone by.
Take for instance, one of these beautiful poems that lifted me
up after I read it was titled, CHRIST THE SHEPHERD. Wonderfully
written and is something that the eye will truly and surprisingly
love to see. And, along with the ending a picture that, once the
J. Bill
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book filled with stunning poetry, prose, and photography. I've long been a fan of Jane Tyson Clement's poetry and so this book with her poetry interwoven with her life's story (by singer songwriter Becca Stevens) and photographs by Clement's son Tim was a joy to my heart. I read it straight through the day I received it and keep it on my desk for inspiration and motivation. I shared her poem "Bird on a Bare Branch" yesterday (July 21) in Meeting for Worship with my fellow Friends (Qu ...more
Rhonda Lomazow
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely lovely book an ode to Jane Tyson Clemente work a book full of poetry words sepia photographs with the authors own work threaded in.A book Inwill enjoynlooking at again& again . ...more
Tamara Murphy
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, plough-reviews
What a lovely, lovely read! Admittedly, it took me a bit to get into the gentle rhythm of this intersection of mid-twentieth-century poems, biographic material, and current singer-songwriter reflections. Approach this lovely read with a gentle, open perspective and you will be richly rewarded.
Bernie Gourley
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
At its heart, this is a collection of the poems of Jane Tyson Clement, who lived from 1917 to 2000, but there’s more going on in the book than the poetry. As the subtitle, “A Life in Poetry,” hints, the poems range over the almost sixty-year writing career of this author and poet. Having a selection of verse that runs from Clement’s teenage years into her seventies, offers the reader an opportunity to watch the growth of this poet and to see how the dictates of life influenced the style and cont ...more
Judith Robinson
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review by Judith Robinson
The Heart’s Necessities Life in Poetry presents poems from 1935 to 1991 by Jane Tyson Clement against a background of her life and work. Throughout the volume, the young, acclaimed musician Becca Stevens discusses the poems that have influenced her as a song writer and performer, beginning with her composition “Tillery” that combines Jane’s poem “Winter” with Becca’s music (see You Tube, Bruderhof to Brooklyn. A Poem’s Journey). This layered collection explores timeless
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Heart's Necessities is a collection of poems by Jane Tyson Clement (1997-2000), but there's more going on in the book than the poetry. The subtitle, "Life in Poetry", reflects the difference living with poetry makes in a life. In particular, in this case, with musician and songwriter, Becca Stevens.

The collection is divided into five chapters. There is a roughly-chronological progression to the collection, but chronology isn't strictly followed in favor of supporting each chapter's theme. (
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Before I read this book and was simply paging through it my first impression was, "What a beautiful coffee table book." Interspersed among the poetry are beautiful and thoughtful photographs. The book's author, jazz singer/songwriter Becca Stevens, interweaves selected poems by Jane Tyson Clement (1917-2000) with her own commentary. The poems are mostly in chronological order and Becca adds notes about Clement's life at the time she wrote the poems, adding context to Clement's writing. Becca als ...more
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebook, poetry
The Heart’s Necessities, by Jane Tyson Clement and Becca Stevens, is a collection of Clement’s poetry and is interspersed with biographical commentary by Ms. Stevens. The selected poems are centered on the daily observations of life and nature. As such, they are an excellent complement to the biography.

In this lovely collection of poems there is also pictures from the poet’s life as well as images inspired by her work and pictures of Ms. Stevens. Although, the poems themselves is what I truly l
Timothy Tocher
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jazz musician Becca Stevens selected the poems for this unique collection and provides commentary on both the verses and the life of poet Jane Tyson Clement (1917-2000). Clement found inspiration in nature. The title refers to her belief that the heart must experience negative feelings to appreciate the positive. She is able to enjoy the wheeling flight of gulls despite their raucous calls. My favorite metaphor is her description of fireflies as "nature's chandelier".

Unstintingly honest, Clemen
Michelle Willms
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This is a beautiful book that includes poetry by Jane Tyson Clement. Something that really sets this book apart from other collections of poetry is the inclusion of narrative information by musician/songwriter Becca Stevens. Stevens explains how exposure to Clement's work helped unlock and expand her own creative process. Stevens also discusses Clement's writing process for many of the poems within the book. The poems are touching, enlightening, and provide insight into whatever the reader wants ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written poetry, where anyone could understand - All the feelings & mysteries of her life is explained in the writing - And now some of the poems are being turned into songs - this is a book, I will read over & over. ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely gorgeous. Tears and smiles. Perfect.
Jeannie Huie
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful tribute to Jane Clement and Becca Stevens! In a way it was also a "living will" of the two in this heartfelt poetic book! I really enjoyed the life stories of Clement and Stevens and the poetry and songs that drew them together! Lovely book!
Ann Fleming
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a powerful book!!

I did not rush through this book but savored a little each morning as part of my devotional.

I past of it while I was also reading Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan.
Joy Davidman Lewis and Jane Tyson Clement lived at the same time. I saw many similarities in their writings and in their lives.

A book I did not expect to like nut enjoyed tremendously.
Jenny Wood
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely poems.
Donna Merritt
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I hadn't heard of Jane Tyson Clement and her poetry. I was missing out. She was a poet from an early age, clearly showing talent, and her voice began to emerge strongly in college. It's the journey not only of a writer, but as someone exploring her faith.

Veery Huleatt's editor's notes help to fill in the gaps about her life. Jane's involvement with the Bruderhof community was all the more clear because I had previously read another Plough Publishing House book, Water at the Roots: Philip Britts,
Rachel Svendsen
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Jane Tyson Clement’s poetry the first time I held it in my hand. Then I opened it and read the soft, soothing words she’d written that perfectly mimic the seaside she loved so well. I read them over and over, a warm comfort in any season.

Reading The Heart’s Necessities just gave me more reasons to love Jane Tyson Clement.

Becca Steven’s collection of Clement’s poetry with the addition of lovely photographs taken by Clement’s son would be delightful in and of itself. Stevens ad
Mary Kenyon
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'd never ready Jane Tyson Clement's poetry before this, but this collection interspersed with biographical commentary by Becca Stevens is a lovely compilation of observations about life and nature. The photos and illustrations really add to the enjoyment of this soothing read.
Darrin Niday
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting read, not into poetry itself, but enjoyed the mixture of poems and bio plus the insight of the poems by a current poet. Kind of a three person perspective
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, biography
Loved every blissfull second of this read. Jane Tyson Clement's poetry is an elixir.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The poet, Jane Tyson Clement, was a true artist and knew her medium. Her poems come from the heart. They spoke to me, more than any other poetry I've read till now.
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Poet and writer Jane Tyson Clement grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. But she always preferred Bay Head, New Jersey where her family owned a summer house. “There was something eternal about it that was always a rock and an anchor for me.” Jane earned an English degree at Smith College and married Robert Clement, a Quaker attorney. Together they sought for meaning in life and an answer to ...more

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