Growing Old in Poetry Sydney Lea and Fleda Brown

Growing Old in Poetry Sydney Lea and Fleda Brown

Sydney Lea and Fleda Brown, both poets laureate of their states and both nationally recognized writers who’ve given their lives to their art, have conspired to write an unusual book of essays on a wide variety of topics, covering a lot of territory, both artistic and memoiristic. Some of the pieces, like “Wild Animals,” are downright silly; some, like “Sex, “Music,” and “Food,” are provocative; some, like “Clothes,” “Sports,” and “Houses,” appear ordinary but are ultimately revealing. The last pair of essays fall under the rubric, “Becoming a Poet,” but actually, the whole collection is about Syd and Fleda as people-poets. Poet-people. Poetry never completely goes off-stage in this wide-ranging and exciting conversation between the two.