Praise for At the Center of All Beauty from Jane Hirshfield
Jane Hirshfield recommends At the Center of All Beauty: Solitude and the Creative Life by Fenton Johnson (W. W. Norton & Company). “With the originality, clarity, and eloquence familiar from Fenton Johnson’s earlier books, this book in defense of solitude arrived in March 2020, right into the start of a world suddenly changed into ‘pause’ and social distance. Anyone already of solo contemplative leanings will find in its pages an affirming companion. I say this without irony: solitaries are not misanthropes, nor cut off from the larger fabric of human and beyond-human connection. For readers coupled, knitted into the life of family, Johnson opens a view into a different set of choices in this articulate recording and witnessing of what it is to be born into an earth of many beings and of many ways of being.”
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