Crown Point author reflects on life

Crown Point author Jean Arleen Breed has authored her second book, “Poems from the Champlain Valley.”

Crown Point author Jean Arleen Breed has authored her second book, “Poems from the Champlain Valley.”

— A Crown Point poet has penned a second book.

Jean Arleen Breed, who chronicled the woes of local residents in “The Loss of the Lake Champlain Bridge: A Traveler’s Story,” has published “Poems from the Champlain Valley.”

“The inspiration for the latest book was I wanted to stretch out and write about more than one topic as in the bridge book,” Breed said. “Things that really interest me — children, the Bible, the dedication of soldiers, the pain of loss, the gifted artists and writers and just reflections on life’s journey. I wanted to see if I could write 100 poems and I did. I am really pleased with my second book. I hope people like this book and they can each find a poem in there that touches their heart.”

The new collection of poems has been released by Bloated Toe Publishing.

“Poems from the Champlain Valley” is available online at The North Country Store (www.bloatedtoe.com/store/home.php) and at locations in the Champlain Valley, including stores in Crown Point, Port Henry, and Ticonderoga. It’s also available in Vergennes and West Addison, Vt.

While the books is for sale, Breed isn’t looking to become rich.

“I give away so many books it’s hard to make a profit,” she said, “but these books are a gift from my heart to my friends and family.”

Earlier this year Breed released “The Loss of the Lake Champlain Bridge: A Traveler’s Story.” It uses poetry and color photographs to chronicle the human story of those coping with the sudden loss of a vital link between New York State and Vermont.

“I never want to forget the impact this bridge closing had on thousands of people in the Champlain Valley,” Breed said. “Lives changed, businesses struggled and people were tested.

“I never want to forget the courage and conviction of these people as they watched their businesses struggle to survive, their farms barely hang on and the worker commutes turn into this daily four-hour odyssey,” she said. “This story tells about those people and what they did to defend their right to continue life as they knew it for the last 80 years. The bridge was built, a way of life was built around that bridge and then — suddenly — that bridge was gone and our entire valley was impacted.”

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