Though considered to be undervalued in America, Peter Kane Dufault found enthusiastic support for his poetry in Ireland and England.
I discovered his work many years ago in The New Yorker and had the good luck to meet him in the home of a niece in Hillsdale, New York. His comprehensive view; the world, nature, political questions not excluded, the music and humor in his superbly crafted verse deserve the attention of anyone for whom poetry is indispensable. In this period of forced isolation his poems offer a release. In the last stanza of four in his poem "Things at a distance," he asks:
"Why is it we leave always
what we love the most?" The thought
so far from the sick heart
of the case, can become art;
God knows, the good byes were not.
In distance. Distance. Grace.
Copyright 1993 by Peter Kane Dufault
New Things Come Into the World
Poetry's quality of sustaining its readers and writers is of interest in the life of the free jazz bassist Henry Grimes, who died recently at 84 of complications related to the coronavirus. After playing no music for 30 years, he returned to a successful musical career in 2003, according to his obituary in The Washington Post. In his thirty years' absence from music, he read and wrote poetry, reciting his poems, and publishing a volume of poems.
Neva Herrington is a poet and former educator. She is currently working on a new book of poetry, a collection of short stories, and her memoir. Her inspiration comes from her own experience and the work of other poets.