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Book of the Week: Still at the Edge

lyles_stillattheedgecoverPeggy Willis Lyles was considered to be something of a late bloomer, but you wouldn’t know if by this early chapbook (Swamp Press, 1980). An elegant yet rustic production, it features a mere 8 poems, along with a few blockprints, in a stab-bound edition encased in a coverslip, and strikingly printed. The poems feature that early rural voice that Peggy was to refine inimitably in her later work.

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.

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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Jim Kacian, following a concept first explored by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.


Shorter than the cornstalks the scarecrow
Summer storm— the beached jellyfish rainbows
Summer solstice: letting go of the balloon, reaching for the string
Still at the edge of its shadow— the frog

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  2. What a gift to find this tiny treasure of Peggy’s haiku this morning. I return to her poems probably more often than any other poet’s, especially my much-thumbed copy of To Hear the Rain. She was a dedicated and gentle mentor to newcomers, and I feel privileged to have been one of those who pretty much “sat at her feet.”

  3. A wonderful book by Peggy Willis Lyles – along with her poems, the “elegant yet rustic production,” as Jim says in this post, is preserved well in the digital format. Thank you.

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