Author Signing and Reading with Sydney Eddison - Where We Walk: Poems Rooted in the Soil of New England
Sydney Eddison will read from her new book of poetry, Where We Walk: Poems Rooted in the Soil of New England, on Sunday, October 11 at 2:00 pm. A book signing will follow the reading.
In the preface to her first book of poems, Sydney Eddison tells her story of living a “charmed life” with her husband in a house full of dreams, animals, good friends and beautiful gardens. In 1995, a car accident left her husband seriously injured. Sydney describes the accident as a wake-up call. After three months in a nursing home, he came home with a pronounced limp, having suffered two broken knees. Sydney, who had leaned on her husband for thirty-five years, learned how to be self-reliant.
After the death of her husband, Sydney was able to remain in her home, but she relied on her close friends to help her. Peter Wooster, a young man she met through gardening, was one of those friends. When Peter had a stroke, robbing him of his speech and mobility, Sydney was able to lend him a hand. Every Sunday afternoon they would meet and Sydney would assist Peter in his work as a collage artist by placing and pasting the images he created on a mat board according to his directions. In short, Sydney became his hands.
One day a group of words came to Sydney which sounded like a poem. Peter urged her to write the words down which she did. Every morning she would wait for more words to come and shape them into poems. Sydney would repeat the words to Peter, and Peter would always respond by saying “More”. Where We Walk had found its roots.
Inspired by places in Newtown, Where We Walk: Poems Rooted in the Soil of New England, is steeped in the familiar. It is a collection of 80 poems, divided into four sections: Circle of Life; Morning, Noon and Night; The Garden Year; and Love, Loss and Moving On.
Sydney’s poetry is simple. No line of poetry is more than five words long. It is a rule that works for her, helping her to find the precise word needed, and helping weed out the excess words that do not exactly express her thoughts.
The poems that fill the pages of Where We Walk began their journey on a yellow pad of paper, written in pencil, as Ms Eddison gazed out over the gardens she has tended for 54 years. The poems take their roots from memories and moments, and years of friendship, love, and knowledge coming together. They center upon things Sydney cares about, rooted in all that is important to her.
"These deeply felt poems are the distillation of a life rooted in the landscape and seasonal rhythms of southwestern Connecticut. Disarmingly simple, they speak directly to the reader of events and objects both commonplace and extraordinary. Sometimes cheering, sometimes achingly sad, they never fail to touch the heart and mind and are unmistakably the offspring of a wise, gentle, and generous spirit." — Tom Fischer, Editor-in-Chief, Timber Press
Sydney Eddison grew up in rural Connecticut. A prolific writer of poetry as a young child at Watertown Country Day School, where hard work helped her work through writing and reading issue,s teachers there praised her poetry, well developed for her age. “I doubt that I would be a writer today had it not been for the Watertown Country Day School,” she writes in the preface to her book.
Sydney has been honored by National Garden Clubs Inc. with their Award of Excellence for 2010. For her work as a writer, gardener, and lecturer, she has also received the Connecticut Horticultural Society’s Gustav A. L. Melquist Award in 2002; the New England Wild Flower Society’s Kathryn S. Taylor Award in 2005; and in 2006, The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s Bronze Medal. Her garden has been featured in magazines and on television. A former scene designer and drama teacher, Eddison lectures widely and is a frequent contributor to Fine Gardening magazine and other publications.
Sydney Eddison lives with her Jack Russell Terrier, Phoebe, in a yellow farmhouse surrounded by a 2-1/2-acre garden of her own creation in Newtown, Connecticut. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Fine Gardening and Horticulture, and she is the award-winning author of seven books on gardening, including Gardening for a Lifetime, A Passion For Daylilies, and A Patchwork Garden. She was Grand Marshall in the Newtown Labor Day Parade in 2014. This is her first book of poetry.
This event is free and open to the public.
If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of Where We Walk: Poems Rooted in the Soil of New England by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525.
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