Simply Lasting: Writers on Jane Kenyon

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Simply Lasting: Writers on Jane Kenyon

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In personal and critical essays, letters, poems, an interview, and reviews by writers around the country, Jane Kenyon's life and works are considered and celebrated for their tenacity, spirit, and timeless charm. Simply Lasting includes new responses to Kenyon's poetry and reviews and criticism written during her lifetime, as well as never-before-published letters from Kenyon herself. Poet, editor, and longtime friend of Kenyon, Joyce Peseroff has gathered writings that affirm Kenyon's place as one of America's most important recent poets. "That there will be no more writing by Jane Kenyon," Peseroff writes in her Introduction, "is one of the terrible losses that might have been otherwise."

Contributors include: Wendell Berry, Robert Bly, Hayden Carruth, Michael Dirda, Donald Hall, Robert Hass, Marie Howe, Galway Kinnell, Peter Kramer, Maxine Kumin, Alice Mattison, Molly Peacock, Robert Pinsky, Jean Valentine, and many others.

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Joyce Peseroff is the author of three collections of poems with a forthcoming collection, Eastern Mountain Time, from Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2006. She grew up in New York City and currently resides in Massachusetts, where she is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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"One of the functions of poetry is to keep the memory of people and places and things and happenings alive," Jane Kenyon once said. Peseroff, a poet and friend of Kenyon's, seeks to keep Kenyon, who died of leukemia in 1995, alive in this wide-ranging, if repetitive, volume of personal and critical essays, letters and reviews. In the first chapter, Peseroff presents personal remembrances by the poets Robert Bly, Galway Kinnell, Jean Valentine and Donald Hall (Kenyon's widower), among others. Kenyon, beautiful and wild haired, prunes her garden, cooks onions and reads her quiet poems. She showed the same self to all who met her, and many witnessed her depression, a common theme among the varied pieces. Hall's essay, "Ghost in the House" is particularly frank. "Despite her thoughts about hanging herself with a horse's harness...I did not think that Jane would kill herself." Though she's described as moody and a manic-depressive, Kenyon is portrayed in an endlessly glowing fashion. Kenyon's private life-particularly her marriage, depression and death-comprises a large portion of her poetic legacy, and as Wes McNair writes in his critical essay, "A Government of Two," the story of Hall and Kenyon's life together makes them remarkable, but also "distorts the work and makes it more difficult to assess." Marie Howe's short essay leads the reader in the other direction, with a review that delves into the occasional acid turns of Kenyon's work, but not her life. She points out, in particular, "Otherwise:" "I got out of bed / on two strong legs. / It might have been / otherwise." In the end, this collection is a touching look into the life and art of a much-loved poet.
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